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Preparation as Spiritual Practice

    Clearing Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it. Only then will you know how […]

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Mindfulness Saved My Life

Mindfulness Saved My Life (Again) It’s a few minutes before 10pm and all the parking spaces in front of my condo are taken. I drive around the block and park two blocks away. Getting out of the car, I dissolve into the quiet evening air. I smile at the stars above and begin walking home. […]

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Meditating with Flowers

I spent a day with Lama Surya Das last month. He is sharing his new book, “Make Me One with Everything,” and I was impressed by his interest in teaching us “non-practices,” things we are already doing that can be considered practices. He is suggesting we practice mediation with nature, with people, with every opportunity […]

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Resolutions from the Heart

This year, I want to spend more time on what really brings me joy and on projects that are so exciting they terrify me. I’m going to “go for the jugular,” as Natalie Goldberg puts it in her coaching to writers, by pursuing ideas that are so terrifyingly good that I get a simultaneous “I […]

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Meditating in all Four Postures

I learned Korean zen meditation in the winter of 1989. I was fascinated by zen, the zen mystique for sure, but also the fresh and powerful language used by the teachers of the zen tradition. There were many awesome things to contemplate, from the sound of one hand clapping to my “original face” before my […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh: One quick story

I learned of Thich Nhat Hanh in the late 80’s. I read Being Peace and gave one of his other books to my sister as a gift. I was impressed by the simplicity, beauty and directness of his message. In Sept 1990, I finished my PhD, then flew to Korea for an 8-week pilgrimage to Buddhist […]

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Hustling to Enlightenment

I’m a big fan of David O. Russell’s films, especially I Heart Huckabees and last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. Huckabees in particular is one of my favorites, an awesome tale of awakening told with brilliance, humor, and creativity. So when American Hustle came out and started getting good reviews, I was eager to see it. […]

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A Fresh Start on New Year’s

I love New Year’s Day. It might be my favorite day of the year. I’m not sure why, but every January One I feel an amazing sense of newness and freedom. I feel that my life is starting over, that I can let go of the past (and any present melodramas I may be involved […]