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We bring a gentle, loving awareness to this body. We treat it softly, and with respect. It knows; our body feels respected. One little peek at my phone yesterday and bam, my screen screamed out: “Trump freaks out after the Midterms and ousts Sessions.” I think we are …

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a moveable monastery

The contemplative life benefits from periodic self-reflection We meditate for many different reasons. Often, our original motivations morph as we move forward on this path. It’s juicy to reflect why we keep this up; and to be really honest with ourselves. Dorothy Figen offers us one answer — Why …

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wise speech

We each find our own way in these challenging times. It helps to take good care of ourselves. Breathe. Meditate. Exercise. And connect with others.   Well, that was one hell of a week, last week! The Kavanaugh hearings and political posturing. Thousands died from a massive tsunami …

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Hurricane Lane may be an opportunity to mindfully experience the discomforts many face as facts of life: no dependable electric power, no clean, running water, no internet, and no cell service. As I write this weekly email, we are preparing, here in Honolulu, for Hurricane Lane, a massive …

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no other moment

I nostalgically remember the first Dharma book I ever bought. It was Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Suzuki Roshi. I still have that dog-eared, multi-highlight layered paperback I purchased at the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco in 1979. It’s been a dear friend to me all these …

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guns n’lotuses

The prominent Buddhist teacher, author, and activist, Joan Halifax, on the day of this shooting tweeted “I want to live in a country that loves its children more than its guns.”   I would like to wish everyone a thoughtful International Woman’s Day (today, March 8, 2018). Here …

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