Why Mindfulness?

There are many many many tools and techniques around designed to help us navigate our myriad interactions with other human beings. I have worked with lots of them and one thing I have found is…they don’t easily stick. That five-step … Continue reading

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Our Human Inclination

…all of us, all human beings, are basically inclined or disposed toward what we perceive to be good. Whatever we do, we do because we think it will be of some benefit. At the same time, we all appreciate the … Continue reading

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Right Diligence

Having grown up in the USAmerican culture, I equated diligence with hard work–a “nose to the grindstone” Puritan work ethic. However, the latin root of “diligence,” diligentia, is also directly related to the concepts of attentiveness, earnestness, constant or close … Continue reading

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Intention

Recently I attended a workshop instructed by a leader of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society. This was my first workshop, as I am fairly new to the practice of tai chi. One thing that impresses me about this volunteer-based … Continue reading

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Deep Listening & Mindful Speaking

Thich Nhat Hahn and the Plum Village community, as part of their teachings on ethical conduct (called the Five Mindfulness Trainings), teach: Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech … Continue reading

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