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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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The reality is “out there beyond” is always right here.

I’ve taken a week off to get some long-neglected chores done around my place. Late on the second day I was sitting out on the porch watching the hills and ravines – we call them “coulees” in this part of the country – thrown into sharp, golden relief by the setting sun. The sun sets
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Tragedy is just business as usual for BP, oil industry and ourselves

As of today the British Petroleum (BP) oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues. The Gulf waters aren’t the only thing getting murkier; we still aren’t getting accurate numbers on the scale of the rupture as federal officials play timid handmaiden to BP corporate headquarters. With the equivalent of a new Exxon Valdez oil
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Drowning in an oily sea of our own desire

A few weeks ago, early in the Gulf Coast British Petroleum disaster, as giant plumes of oil gathered silently beneath the surface of the water and cooperative winds kept the mess offshore, FOX News commentator and oil industry apologist Brit Hume asked snidely, “Where’s the oil?” Well, that question has been answered over and over
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BP Oil Crisis Ruptures the Limits of Language

Going into its second month of disaster the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil well fiasco is threatening ever more sensitive Gulf Coast marshlands, estuaries and islands. As of today, May 23, reports are that the rusty sludge continues to migrate, now showing up on beaches west of the mouth of the Mississippi. Reports vary
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Speeding up only for it all to break down

We are of two basic mindsets. The first is geared to respond to immediate danger and threat to survival. The second is to provide rest and rejuvenation. The first is the throttle; the second the brake. Our internal body functions are governed by the autonomic nervous system, which is located in the limbic part of
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