Encouragement

What I Learned from Leeches

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To hear this blog post, click play below:   I was at the edge of a small river in western Thailand, near the Myanmar border. I had abandoned the strategy of jumping rock to rock a few streams back. Now I was wondering how to cross the one before me. The water wasn’t a problem. […]

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Delayed But Not Stressed

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To hear this post, click the play button below: I had an interesting experience with stress recently that I’d like to share with you. In October, I flew on a long flight to Asia. The airline was new to me and so was the airport for my stopover. Everything seemed fine flying from Germany and […]

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Meditation is Like Playing Guitar

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To hear this post, click the play button below:   This month, I started playing guitar again after a year long break. It was very difficult at first. My hands and fingers felt as if they were asleep, ignoring where my mind clearly pointed them to go. It was frustrating – especially since I was […]

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The Seeds of Anger

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Good Morning! I’d like to share some of an article called Uprooting the Seeds of Anger by Jules Shuzen Harris with you: “We all know anger from experience, but when we are asked to pause and consider, “What is this anger?” it’s not always so easy to see what it is. Yet when we approach our feelings […]

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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 […]