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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Knowing light
and staying dark,
Be a pattern to the world.
Being the world's pattern of unerring power
is to go back again to boundlessness.

So reads the Tao Te Ching as translated by Ursula Le Guin. This week, we used VOICE (Voice Of Innate Clarity Exercise) to work with these ideas of know...

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One area of meditation that challenges many of us is establishing a daily practice. How do we bring meditation into our life in a way that sticks? As Anne Cushman writes:

Paradoxically, the practices we know are most vital to our wellbeing are the very things that are usually pushed aside by d...

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Our speedy, productivity-obsessed world tends to overlook sleep, even view it as a kind of necessary evil. Nothing could be further from the truth! Professor Matt Walker has this to say in his TED talk:

Sleep is a nonnegotiable biological necessity. It is your life-support system, and it is Mo...

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After sitting and walking meditation, we worked with a reflective meditation technique called Six Ways of Knowing - a way of noticing the stories we tell ourselves so we can see them more clearly. The key, after identifying a challenge in our lives that has produced a recurring story in our mind, is...

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After sitting and walking meditation, we shared a section from the book Difficult Conversations that talks about we argue and why it doesn't help. Here's an excerpt:

If the other person is stubborn, we assert harder in an attempt to break through whatever is keeping them from seeing what is se...

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What is Mindfulness? We read and discusssed an article that unpacks its many meanings in classical Buddhism, for example:

Mindfulness does not just mean being aware or being conscious, because one is always conscious when not comatose or dead. Consciousness is the fundamental quality of mind, un...

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