be happy

Mindfulness meditation is not just another way to fix what we feel might be broken in our lives.   Maybe you struggle with low moods, motivation, or existential malaise. Maybe you feel lonely, or bored. Maybe you sometimes feel like Peggy Lee when she sang “Is that all there …

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woman_pounding_maize, Diego Rivera, Mexico, 1924

the little things

There is a Tibetan saying popular in mindfulness circles: “If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves.”   When I remember this saying, my heart releases what it’s fixated on, and it’s almost always fixated or worrying about something. Sylvia Boorstein once …

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the most important thing

Someone once asked Suzuki Roshi, the pioneering Zen teacher from Japan who founded the Zen Center of San Francisco in 1969: “Roshi, what’s the most important thing?” and he answered, “To find out what’s the most important thing.” I think this question of how we live our life, …

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non-contention

As I think about recent events here in the USA, a line keeps coming up, from a poem by Pablo Neruda: “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” The Republicans in the House just passed a tax bill, about which the Buddhist …

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facts of life

I am often asked why I meditate. Sometimes it’s phrased – What are you trying to accomplish by just sitting on a cushion? Depending on who asks, I answer something like – To clearly see why I suffer, and with that understanding to cultivate peace of mind and …

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letting go

Why is it so hard to meditate regularly? Students usually don’t ask this question in their meditation groups, fearing, perhaps, that they might be the only ones with this concern. I still struggle with having consistent, regular meditation, and I have been at this for 37 years. But …

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