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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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Schedule Change TODAY Only (Jan 31)

Apologies for the last-minute change, but the College is sponsoring a Support & Solidarity Rally today, 12-1, in the Library foyer. Because that event begins almost at the same time as ours, I’m delaying the start (and end) of sitting … finish reading Schedule Change TODAY Only (Jan 31)

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A Quiet Place, An Open Place (reposted)

Back in the 1960′s, a Trappist monk named Thomas Merton wrote, Douglas Steere remarks very perceptively that there is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist fighting for peace by nonviolent methods most easily succumbs: activism and … finish reading A Quiet Place, An Open Place (reposted)

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Paideia 2017 – Meditation Classes & Sessions

Next week, Jan 16-19, brings some special meditation opportunities as part of Reed’s informal winter session: Paideia 2017. Here’s the full list (with class descriptions at the bottom): Jan 16, M, noon-1 pm, Eliot chapel – Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners … finish reading Paideia 2017 – Meditation Classes & Sessions

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2017 Resolutions – Patience & Equanimity

Last night I sat at the dining room table making a list of things that I needed to do today. As I wrote a few items down, new things, some that had been nagging me for days, even weeks, started to crowd … finish reading 2017 Resolutions – Patience & Equanimity

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STOP-ping Power

I’m looking out the window at the busy street that runs in front of my house. It has been covered by snow for the past 48 hours, but now it’s melting and traffic has picked up. A smart driver knows, … finish reading STOP-ping Power

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Silent Illumination – The Method of No-Method

‘Silent illumination’ is a meditation practice from the Zen school of meditation.* The practice is described in ways that often sound impossible and contradictory to the Western ear: just sit, the method of no-method, and so on. So how does … finish reading Silent Illumination – The Method of No-Method

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