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This Troublesome Mind of Mine

It seems one cannot meditate without confronting one’s mind, thoughts, and experience. This may be sad news for some. Once, after asking visitors to my beginning meditation class to share what they hoped to get out meditation, one young woman looked … finish reading This Troublesome Mind of Mine

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Summer Evenings are for Walking

One thing that I especially appreciate about Portland summers: the long summer evenings. There are just so many extra hours to our “days” during the summer. Which means that, after dinner, I can step out into the garden, or over to … finish reading Summer Evenings are for Walking

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The Enlightened Mouse

The use of animal models as surrogates for humans in scientific experiments goes back centuries. If animals and humans aren’t that different, the thinking goes, we can learn about human biology by studying the biology of our mammalian relatives. According to “Of Mice and Mindfulness” … finish reading The Enlightened Mouse

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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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