We picked up on the topics of faith and bodhisattvas that we touched on in recent weeks by watching part of a Tara Brach video and then practicing an exercise for cultivating a specific kind of hope. In the talk, Brach notes:

As individuals, each of us, and as communities, when we trust in...

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After our sitting meditation to start the evening, we moved into an exploration of patience as a practice. Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes the following about working with difficulty in our lives:

  • When difficult things happen in our lives, we have to turn toward the difficult thing, whatever i...

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In his recent book, The World Could be Otherwise, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes:

You can give the gift of happiness to others by being happy in a generous and inclusive way. This seems odd - how can my being happy be a gift to someone else? But it can be. If I experience my happiness in a...

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Our topic was The Five Powers of Mind, a look at the mental qualities that support and deepen our meditation practice. Here's an excerpt from Simple Meditation & Relaxation by Joel and Michelle Levey:

There are five qualities of mind that are crucial for supporting the continuity of your med...

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Our topic was a Thich Nhat Hahn article titled, When Light Shines, Darkness Becomes the Light, on Awakin.org. It begins:

From time to time you may become restless, and the restlessness will not go away. At such times, just sit quietly, follow your breathing, smile a half-smile, and shine your...

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Our topic this week, after meditation, is inspired by a Joanna Macy essay titled The Greening the Self. It is taken from Ordinary Magic, a collection edited by John Wellwood. Macy writes:

Something important is happening in our world that you are not going to read about in the newspapers. I...

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We followed our sitting and walking meditation with a Sharon Salzberg audio interview. In it, she discusses the movie Dan in Real Life and how it inspirted her to write the book, Real Love. Salzberg says:

...That was a moment when I was practicing, and I realized that up until a certain ti...

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The topic for our first Tuesday after the summer break was a Ten Percent Happier blog post titled Enjoy the View - Not the Commentary. In it, psychologist Arnie Kozak looked at how our internal storytelling takes over or masks our experience. For example:

Our lives are almost always accompanie...

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Less is More

This week we meditated as usual and then read an article by Zen priest and business coach Marc Lesser. In it, he writes:

There is an old story of a man riding very fast. As he rushes past his friend who is standing by the side of the road, the friend yells out, "Where are you going?". The man sh...

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This week, after sitting and walking meditation, we explored the theme of Ethan Nichtern's book, The Road Home. Here's a taste:

So often our idea of home is whatever we hope will magically be waiting for us after the current disruption....We experience our past as a collection of lost opportun...

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