A Matter of Practice

During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking—not only the talking outside, but the talking inside. The talking inside is the thinking, the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside. Real silence is the cessation of talking—of both the mouth and of the mind. This is not the kind of [...]

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You’ve Got Mail

Alan Cohen received the following letter from Hilda Charlton, his mentor. In some respects, however, it could have been sent to any one of us by our "deep knowing" that goes by many names. Dear Alan, I just want you to know how much I love you and I believe in you. You are doing wonderful things. [...]

Breathless Unity

As children, the play of the sun on rippling water brought us before God’s throne. Did you ever see an infant gaze at a lightbulb or the moon? Spiritual techniques are discovered naturally by infants and little children: holding their breath, staring unblinking, standing on their heads, imitating animals, turning in circles, sitting unmoving, and [...]

Looking at the World

  When our thinking mind subsides, what we might call our heart-mind takes over, and we can begin to live in love. ~ Ram Dass, Polishing the Mirror As children, the play of the sun on rippling water brought us before God’s throne. Did you ever see an infant gaze at a lightbulb or the [...]

Dwelling in the Flow of Things

The Opening of Eyes  That day I saw beneath dark clouds the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak out, I knew then, as I had before life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read… [...]

Breaking Surface by Mark Nepo

Let no one keep you from your journey no rabbi or priest, no mother who wants you to dig for treasures she misplaced, no father who won't let one life be enough, no lover who measures their worth by what you might give up, no voice that tells you in the night it can't be [...]

Journey of Awakening

Perhaps at some time you have sat quietly by the side of an ocean or river. At first there is one big rush of sound. Listening quietly, you begin to hear a multitude of subtle sounds: the waves hitting the shore, the rushing current of the river. In that peacefulness and silence of mind you [...]

Inner Peace

We get what we cultivate in our lives. Like seeds, our thoughts take root in our experience.If we focus on failure, we fail.Even our unexpressed thoughts affect our work, our relationships, our daily lives... As we change our attitude, we change our world. ~ Diane Dreher, The Tao of Inner Peace   Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the [...]

Mindfulness Meditation

To meditate upon thoughts is simply to be aware, as thoughts arise, that the mind is thinking, without getting involved in the content. —Joseph Goldstein When you are practicing Zazen meditation do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in and let [...]

Take a Breath Break

Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home. ~ Thich Nhat Hahn Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the [...]