One of our greatest challenges is to understand the peculiar content of our own minds. We may look like the ultimate owners of our skulls, but we remain practical strangers to much of what unfolds within them...We are frequently the very last people to know what is at work with 'us'.
- Alain de...

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This is an excerpt from Mary Oliver's poem, Gratitude:

What was most tender?
Queen Anne’s lace, with its parsnip root;
the everlasting in its bonnets of wool;
the kinks and turns of the tupelo’s body;
the tall, blank banks of sand;
the clam, clamped down.
- Mary Oliver, Gratitude

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What are some examples of a positive emotion for you?

Examples include feelings of gratitude, of peacefulness, of love and connection.

[Positive emotions] literally change the boundaries of our minds and our hearts and change our outlook on our environment...[they] change the way our minds a...

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Exploring speech as a form of action and a mindfulness practice.

Mindful communication takes two premises as its starting point: 1) that speech and relationship are a powerful vehicle for spiritual transformation; and 2) that effective communication is a learned skill.
- Oren Jay Sofer

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I didn't want to figure out a talk for tonight! What did that feel like? Like this: "I have too many things to do." "I'm under a lot of pressure." "It's a lot of work and what if no one shows up?" "What if I do put in the time and don't like what I come up with?" Meet our familiar acquaintance, Res...

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Stop Being Aware

Try this: close your eyes or look away from the screen, and stop being aware. Don't be aware of anything inside or outside of you.

Q: How did that go?

Of course, you can't actually stop awareness because, well, it's fundamentally who you are. It's a bit like saying "don't ex...

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This practice is a version of tong-len, sending and receiving, adapted from "Breath of Compassion" in the Levey's Simple Meditation & Relaxation.

This practice works by reconnecting us to a larger field of relationship and a vaster sense of ourselves...helps to build our capacity to transfor...

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From Grade 1 to Grade 7, I lived in Sept Iles, Quebec. That's a very Franchophone area, hours past Quebec City on the North Shore. As children, some of us, some of the time, called each other names because of our different languages: "tête carrée" (square head), "frog". It would occasionally borde...

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Can I find in myself a no-matter-what commitment? Under the worst-case scenario, can I still tap into the well of uncaused, unreasonable happiness? Can I still relate to my fellow humans, and to all of life, with care and love? Can I still, to the fullest extent possible, remain present as a for...

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NOTE: Quoted sections in this post are excerpted from What You Have Given Your Mind to Do, by Michael Singer.

Experiment

Say "hello" to yourself three times, not out loud but in your mind. Leave a couple seconds between each one. Can you hear that voice?

Q: Which one is more fundamental to ...

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