faith in small things

  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 quipped that she …

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a moveable monastery

kathe kollwitz

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 …

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safety

Peter_Doig_-_Red_Boat_(Imaginary_Boys) 2004

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 …

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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 …

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listening

  It’s been raining a lot here in Honolulu. There is something unspeakably beautiful about listening to the rain. Not just hearing the rain, in the background of …

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enoughness

Our meditation practice shows us radical enoughness. We have all we need to lead a fulfilling life now. If you can breathe, you can be mindful.   Your …

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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 …

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the little things

woman_pounding_maize, Diego Rivera, Mexico, 1924

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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recognition

Fairy tales often convey deep meaning. Take Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the ugly duckling. A baby swan is orphaned and raised by ducks. The ducks know he …

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emotions

I would like to address a couple of misconceptions I often hear regarding meditation and one’s emotional life. The first is we meditate to either to get rid …

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focus

Mindfulness helps us recognize the chronic frazzle, which is like discovering the horse you are riding has reigns. Actually sitting down to meditate is like gently tugging on …

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grateful mind yoga

A complaint I sometimes hear from folks who are trying to be happy by practicing meditation is that meditation is just not working. Putting effort to change your …

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refuge

  We suffer because we forget what we truly are. We take refuge and remember.   We forget we are love and compassion; that we are hard-wired to …

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lychees

  The lychees didn’t fruit much this year. In fact, barely at all. I thought maybe it was something I said? Karma, you know. Two years ago, our …

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trust

  why we meditate We meditate for lots of reasons: stress relief, maybe lower our blood pressure, feel less anxious, or just to feel better, physically and maybe …

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