How to Cultivate a More Generous Heart

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the first of the “Ten Perfections,” on generosity. You’ll learn what the Buddha taught about generosity, how the practice can dramatically impact your consciousness, the key to completing the cycle of generosity and a reflection how you might personally embrace the practice. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4      
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The Eaglet Has Landed

First sighting of the eaglet. Out of focus, but there it is!       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.    
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Settling In for the Night

I do regular visits to the eagle’s nest, ether paddling under the sycamore or hiking along the river. I’m struck by the diligence of the parents. One watches carefully, making adjustments in the nest, always present to their safety.     Now that the eaglets are a bit stronger and bigger, sometimes one parent will
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Breath, The Mystery and Science

I’m just back from Kripalu Center and the Energy Intensive – and a wonderful gathering of like-minded folks. One of the features of the retreat is doing some intensive breathwork that can be quite transformative. Participant lie down and do ‘circular breathing,’ with full inhalations and deeply relaxing exhalations. They are supported by a breath
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Making It Happen vs Letting It Happen

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the differences between the practices of willful effort and conscious surrender. You’ll learn about skillful and unskillful strategies as well as suggestions as to how you can find your personal point of balance between doing and being. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here,
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The Power of Humility

Special PODCAST: This talk explores how cultivating humility can transform your life and your effectiveness in the world. You’ll learn about the formation of the self, the nature of selflessness, what it’s like to be selfless in your work and relationships and how to find the balance between healthy self-esteem and humility. Subscribe to Jonathan’s
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Greetings from Jonathan Foust: Desire Leads to Attachment, Mindfulness Daily, Fresh Photos… and More

To receive a monthly newsletter, please signup here.   It’s Spring in the mid-Atlantic! Geese are pairing off and claiming their turf on the islands. The eaglets are a few weeks old and being served up fresh food from doting parents. Our lactating fox comes by more often to search for uncracked sunflower seeds under
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Getting the Shot

I heard that when the movie “The Bridges of Madison County” came out, lots of photographers went to see the film in which Clint Eastwood plays the role of a National Geographic photographer. There’s a scene where he’s driving to a shoot location and the sun is rising in great glory in the background. At
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Romancing the Swans

It’s always a question when it comes to editing photos: “How much should I manipulate this image?” Shooting flying swans against a mud-brown background never works that well. So I played with it. The original image didn’t look much like this, but this is pretty cool.   Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4      
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Passing Through

Each day on the river is a reminder of change. Recently we hosted a flock of about 40 Arctic Tundra Swans – for about two weeks. I would float as close as I could get. They ‘talk’ constantly with whistles and coos what I can only describe as ‘puppy dog’ sounds. Who knows that they
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How to Be with Sickness and Pain

Special PODCAST: This talk explores ways you can more mindfully be with physical stress and suffering. You’ll learn about the inevitability of sickness and pain in your life and some fundamental teachings and strategies for being fully present in difficult times. Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and
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Desire, Addiction and Liberation

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the relationship between desire and liberation.   You’ll learn how your desires can be informed by fear as well as by compassion, kindness and love and how liberation may simply be the absence of any and all desires.   Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4         iTunes podcast here,
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Desire and Addiction

Special PODCAST: This talk explores some elemental teachings on desire and it’s relationship to addiction.   You’ll learn how stress is part of the human condition, how you tend to get caught in reactive patterns to stress, the key to finding inner peace and some thoughts about the practices that lead you to greater freedom.
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Greetings from Jonathan Foust: Forgiveness and Letting Go, Dancing with the Heavenly Messengers, Fresh Photos… and More

To receive a monthly newsletter, please signup here.   Robert Frost said, “In two words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life…It changes.” This winter here in the mid-Atlantic is so warm the trees never went dormant. The slightest warming results in fresh pollen. A few days ago the spring peepers at the
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How to Embrace Change in Your Life

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the reality of change and how you can shift your relationship to what is happening in your life.   You’ll learn how change is an essential fact of reality, how you can learn to embrace change and what it means to live in a world that seems to be changing
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