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Creating Mental Space

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Our minds are constantly engaged… thinking, planning, analyzing, ruminating, anticipating, reminiscing, etc. As the mind relentlessly runs our internal streams of thoughts, images & memories, our perspective reflexively seems to narrow and constrict. We feel ‘boxed’ in by the walls of an internal ‘dialogue’ that leaves little or no space for the unexpected or unanticipated […]

A Science Brief: Body Awareness

Friday, June 24th, 2016

In our mindfulness practice, it is very important for us to cultivate and refine our sixth sense- or awareness of body. There are two sensing capacities of body recognized by science- (i). proprioception and (ii). interoception. Proprioception– ‘proprio’ meaning ‘self’- is the sense of knowing & feeling our body’s position in space- both at rest […]

Is this it?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

This is a classic Gahan Wilson cartoon from the New Yorker in the 1980s. As beginners in the practice of meditation or contemplation, we often struggle with our expectations for what it is we will uncover, discover, or transform from our efforts “to sit” and to simply “be”. What’s fundamentally important to the practice is […]

The Act of ‘Awarenessing’

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Our “support” of mind is a stability of awareness. Steady even through the turbulent winds of the mind. Awareness of awareness is the “support” of the mind. Through our regular awareness training with shamatha or attending exercises, we practice again and again to cultivate this “support”- this capacity to remain unmoved by the events of […]

Noting Mind-Body States

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The technique of ‘noting‘ mental activities and/or physical sensations of the mind-body experience can be a very useful tool in focusing and sustaining attention during our meditative practice of self-observation. It can also give our ‘thinking minds’ something to do other than disrupting our concentration with the constant distraction of discursive thoughts. The words we […]

Taking Our Seat- Getting Started, Mindfully

Monday, December 21st, 2015

We tune in to tune out distraction… relaxed, settled, focused & clear. No matter what our age, young or old, we all have the inherent capacity to give our full attention, openly & compassionately, to know what we are sensing, thinking, or feeling… here and now… moment by moment. This is the Way of awareness. […]

‘Smile in Training’

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Try this simple little practice for yourself every morning in front of the mirror. Keep it “light” and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself as you and your smile train for a warmer, more gracious way of being especially when the inclination may not be present. Caveat… the act of smiling may turn into […]

Just 10 Minutes A Day?

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Many beginning practitioners ask the question as to how can meditation benefit the novice- the amateur? Neuroscientists are increasingly turning their attention towards this question and finding surprising results. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin – Stout have investigated the effects of short periods of mindfulness on beginner meditators.  They looked at the electrical activity in […]

Morning Salutation

Friday, August 7th, 2015

I smile as I greet this new day with gratitude, peace, and tranquility. May my mind be calm and steady. May my heart be open and true. May my presence be here and now, openly and compassionately attending.

It’s Me & We

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

We turn over the love for ourselves only to discover the love we have for one another… May the spirit of this GIVING SEASON carry strong and true in the heartfelt thoughts, words, and actions you bring to yourself and to others in the coming year. We are all one-in-the-same. As human beings, we are […]