Encouragement

Daily Meditation – Your Way

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Daily meditation is important because regular practice brings regular benefits. Just like playing an instrument or going to the gym – you get what you put into it. I think that you are courageous for exploring how daily meditation can help you build calm and clarity in your life. Don’t just take my word for anything […]

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Rise and Return from Sleep

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“Let me be the one who will rise and return from sleep.” This line from the song Let This River Flow by the Swedish heavy metal band Soilwork carries much meaning for me. As I explored mediation and Buddhism, I read several books by Pema Chodron, who refers to our choices as either ‘waking up’ […]

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“…And Yours?”

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I recently taught an Introduction to Mindfulness and Zen Meditation workshop in South Portland, Maine. We had a great group of participants and it was wonderful to practice meditating, eating, and moving mindfully together. After a concentration meditation, we were sharing with the group how it had gone. One of the participants had just finished […]

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Meditating With Emotions

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Good morning, dear friend! I’d like to share a quote from Pema Chodron’s article Meditating with Emotions with you: “We don’t have to attach so much meaning to what arises, and we also don’t have to identify with our emotions so strongly. All we need to do is allow ourselves to experience the energy—and in […]

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You Are The Key

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This is a line from a song by the heavy metal band Iced Earth. The full verse goes like this: We have the power make our lives what they ought to be Reconnect with our humanity Transcend to a higher place, accepting reality You are the key to the life you seek Do we really […]

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What is Success?

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Good evening, dear friends, A thought popped up today as I worked on a project: What is success? What is it REALLY? Can we be considered ‘successful’ only when we reach something specific; possibly getting something specific from others and/or the outside world? Is ‘success’ even about gaining something? Can ‘success’ be doing something with as […]