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Forecast: Continued Unexpected Mindfulness Lessons

Our December 4th mindfulness class and retreat had to be canceled due to the arrival of ten inches of snow. While we weren’t able to gather for group mindfulness work, when I sent out the cancelation email early that morning I encouraged students to practice mindfulness with the snowstorm: This is our first snowfall of
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The 800-pound Gorilla in Our Mind

Coming to mindfulness brings many realizations, the most obvious being that our minds are pretty busy. Thoughts and memories, random emotions and remnant scraps of old events or hurtful comments – ours and others – echo loudly when we come to sit quietly. Meditation teachers often describe this mental background noise as the “chattering monkey
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Your Own Personal Universe

The last twenty or so years has been a revolutionary time in the field of neuroscience. With increasingly sophisticated brain imaging techniques science is revealing ever more sophisticated shades of brain functioning and, along the way, upending many long-held assumptions about how the brain works – or doesn’t. One of the most radical turns has
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Seasons of the Meadow, Seasons of Existence

As with all of nature, I find a seasonal rhythm in the practice of meditation. In spring the near constant chatter of the song birds in the nearby woods and meadow provides a counterpoint to anchor my wandering mind. Their ever changing slender melodies serve the purpose of a thousand temple bells; bringing my mind
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The Growing Divide & What it Says About Us

As mid-term elections draw near with the likelihood that some of the crazier – and nastier – fringe elements of the far right will be heading off to congress the attached address by film maker Michael Moore provides important context for the swirl of wackiness sweeping the country. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/316-20/3627-in-the-souls-of-the-people When unemployment throws people into economic
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Antisocials and the Unfortunate Costs of Business as Usual

(Note: The following was originally published as a column in the August 2010 Issue of the “Kickapoo Free Press”.) It’s been a tough few years for American families. In fact, with near financial ruin of Wall Street, the triumph of nastiness in national civil society and now an ecological catastrophe that reads like it is
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