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Our scattered shards of character

(Eigth in a series.) As the sixth blog in this series on mindfulness noted, parts matter. Just as a pot can be reconstructed from broken shards and that reconstructed pot can add to understanding of a whole civilization or ancient trade routes, the “shards” of our daily behavior reveal much about our character and place.
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From east to west … and back again.

(Seventh in a series) There’s an old zen saying about never being able to step into the same stream twice. It is an observation about the never ending flow of change in any stream; be it your favorite fly fishing haunt or the stream of world news flowing out of the radio or the non-stop
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Finding the universal whole in all the fractured parts

(Sixth in a series.) We live much of our day in the illusion of separateness. Each person and problem, every wrinkle and minor disaster are seen and approached as discreet – separate – events. In the rush to get on with the day we are usually blind to the cascading reality of inter-relationship that binds
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Mindfulness in motion … and not a moment too soon!

(Fifth in a series.) Mindfulness is more than sitting on a meditation zafu or an exercise in slowly savoring a spoonful of delicious food. If it is not in motion – active in the both the individual and larger world – it becomes just another self-indulgent blip in the American self help video. From the
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Mindful awareness of perspective

(Fourth in a series.) One of the things that helped me survive adolescence was a passionate interest in astronomy. I belonged to an astronomy club in Madison, Wisconsin that had a small late 19th century observatory perched on a hilltop in what is now a busy suburb. But back in the 70’s the glow of
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Being mindful of the moment… and the next… and the next…

My friend and colleague Tom Roberts LCSW gave a wonderful presentation the other evening in Viroqua, WI. on mindfulness. Tom’s new book, “The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginners Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion” has recently been published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc.  Tom has created a wonderful, practical resource for those seeking a well
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