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Musings on the Mindstate Called Cruelty

Musings on the Mindstate Called Cruelty

Unraveling the Why Behind Human Meanness Lately, I find myself deeply pondering the phenomena of harshness between humans, ruthlessness from humans toward other creatures, and indifference from humans toward this world we are so fortunate to inhabit. I find myself...

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How Should I Practice?

How Should I Practice?

A Challenge of Contemporary Times The graphic above is a sketch of how I work with someone who asks me for private instruction. Recently such a person, who has been using apps only to practice both meditation and yoga, approached me. They were seeking clarification,...

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Finding New Paths in Familiar Territory

Finding New Paths in Familiar Territory

Because of where I live and work, in the (fortunately protected) woods surrounding the Quabbin Reservoir, I drive a car a lot. To get to pretty-much-anywhere requires traveling at least a few miles, often much more. I have lived in this area for many years. It's the...

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Contemporary Wayfaring

Contemporary Wayfaring

In a world increasingly defined by the noise and rapid pace of mainstream culture, a growing number of people are choosing to forge their own paths and embrace simpler, more ethical lifestyles that diverge from societal norms. I call this contemporary wayfaring, and...

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Exploring Boundaries

Exploring Boundaries

 Recently, in the weekly online sitting group, we've been exploring a series of ordinary words - words we use all the time - and contemplating how they may relate to or describe aspects of our practice, both on and off the cushion, chair or mat. The list of words was...

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On Digital Life – Integrity & Mindfulness

On Digital Life – Integrity & Mindfulness

The image above was created by Dall-e (a wild new AI image generator), which I had fun playing with in the first few days after it was released to the public. I got an email invite, clicked on it, and was amazed at the possibilities... and then I started reading news...

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Breathing for Awareness & Wellness

Breathing for Awareness & Wellness

Often, if you go to a mindfulness meditation class, the guidance will be to allow your breath to be natural. In other words, don’t control it. If you go to a yoga class though, you will likely receive instruction to intentionally lengthen and control your breathing,...

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