Suffering Opens Us

“When things fall apart and we can’t get the pieces back together, when we lose something dear to us, when the whole thing is just not working and we don’t know what to do, this is the time when the natural warmth of tenderness, the warmth of empathy and kindness, are just waiting to be […]

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What is mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” ~James Baraz

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Allowing Some Space

If we can allow some space within our awareness and rest there, we can respect our troubling thoughts and emotions, allow them to come, and let them go. Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside. – Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Allow for Space”

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Taming the Monkey Mind

“The biggest hindrance to our meditation is constant intrusive thoughts. This is normal for everyone and from the beginning you should expect it. The nature of our mind is to think, and it is childish to imagine that we can simply turn that process off when we wish to. Our minds have been almost completely […]

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A Mindful Nation

This comes our way via fellow meditator Frank Anderson: In “A Mindful Nation,” Tim Ryan details his travels across the country, to schools and companies and research facilities, documenting how mindfulness is relieving stress, improving performance and showing potential to reduce health-care costs. It is a prescription, he says, that can help the nation better […]

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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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