Author Archives: alan

Clear away the clouds

“The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” by Haemin Sunim has been a best-selling book in South Korea since it appeared in 2012 (41 weeks atop the best-sellers list, 3 million copies sold in 3 years). It … finish reading Clear away the clouds

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The Brain-Breath Connection

A few months ago I wrote about the virtues of 5 deep breaths (Reset with 5 Deep Breaths, 5 Mar 2017). Now I’m back with scientific news that shows breathing affects brain function in mice. To put it briefly, there are special … finish reading The Brain-Breath Connection

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Why Breathing?

As a rule, mindfulness meditation practice involves 3 steps: choosing something to be aware of (breath, sounds, touch, feelings) paying attention to this phenomenon returning one’s attention to it once we detect that our attention has wandered The first step, choosing, … finish reading Why Breathing?

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Summer 2017 Schedule + Location

Our first session of summer 2017 will be Tuesday, June 6 and will continue on most Tuesdays through August 2017 in Library 221 (this room is located upstairs in the north wing, directly over the library’s lobby entrance). Sessions run from 12:10-12:40 pm and are open … finish reading Summer 2017 Schedule + Location

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Stress Less Finals Week activity – May 4, Th, noon

Is the 3-headed monster (final paper, final lab report, final EXAM) chasing you? Don’t hide. Reduce stress and restore focus with a meditation break. Reed’s Community Wellness team is sponsoring: Thursday, May 4, 12-1 PM, at the Eliot Chapel Meditate … finish reading Stress Less Finals Week activity – May 4, Th, noon

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There Are No Stupid Questions

I’m “coming out” today. Here’s what I want you to know about me, I meditate regularly. Often alone. Often with others. I think a lot about meditation, especially while I’m meditating. I nap during meditation sometimes. I haven’t found an answer … finish reading There Are No Stupid Questions

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Meaningful Awareness

My mind during a part of last week’s meditation session: in breath a thought: “one” out breath in breath a thought: “two” a thought: “Hey, I’m doing ok, two breaths! I’m really focused today. Nice.” a thought: “thinking” … a thought: … finish reading Meaningful Awareness

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Attentional Reset: The Path Back to Here & Now

There are many types of meditation techniques, but nearly all of them have one instruction in common: when you discover your mind has been wandering, gently pause, observe that you have wandered, and then return to the instructions. This act … finish reading Attentional Reset: The Path Back to Here & Now

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Reset with 5 Deep Breaths

Spring Break is right around the corner, and so are midterms, papers, and qualifying exams. Your chances of squeezing a meditation session into your schedule this week are probably zero, but you can still use this simple, portable, breathing technique to … finish reading Reset with 5 Deep Breaths

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The Zen of Philip Whalen ’51

Students of zen meditation are famous for their cultivation of the arts of haiku, calligraphy, and tea ceremony. Presence. Simplicity. The qualities that emerge on the cushion appear in every aspect of one’s life. The cross-currents of zen, poetry, and … finish reading The Zen of Philip Whalen ’51

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