Maintaining Skillful Intentions

“We may be powerless to change the past, but we do have the power to shape the present and the future by what we do, moment to moment, right now. And in maintaining our intention to be as skillful as possible in thought, word, and deed, we’ll find the only true refuge there is.”  ~Thanissaro […]

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Leap Day

Today is “Leap Day” — an extra day of the year that rolls around every four years. I woke this morning thinking, “Thank goodness I have one more day before month-end! I can finish building those two computers I’ve been working on, update the mailing list, schedule the tours, get those books ordered, do my […]

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What Defines Meditation?

Does meditation always mean sitting quietly on a zafu or zabuton? Can ordinary acts become acts of meditation? Yes. One very simple, but very powerful meditation is a walking meditation. As you take each step, focus on what your body is feeling. The shifting of your weight. The slight totter or wobble as you move […]

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Sitting With Dignity

Those of us who struggle with depression may notice that when our depression gets bad, our posture gets bad right along with it. Our shoulders slump, our spine curves, our heads drop. As one astute observer said on the Facebook Jon Kabat-Zinn fan page, “It’s as though our spines are weighed down by the shame […]

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Be Here, Now

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” — George […]

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