A Year of Living Mindfully

After a hiatus of one year, I’m offering The Year of Living Mindfully again in 2015.   If you live in the DC area and would like to tap into a sustained focus on mindfulness and compassion with a group of like-minded practitioners, this might be a good thing.   Over 150 folks have participated
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Textures and Lines

Cold weather seems to hold the contrails (condensation trails) in place longer than summer months. Here you can see what’s left from the planes coming and going from BWI in Baltimore, DCA Reagan and IAD Dulles.   I took this one the morning after Thanksgiving. Lots of activity!     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here,
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On Cultivating Compassion

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how you can cultivate your capacity for compassion.   You’ll learn how compassion must be balanced with wisdom and how you can incline your mind to more quickly move to this sense of ‘seing self in other and other in self’.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and
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Meditation – Breath, Body Scan and Resting in Presence

Special AUDIO: The meditation begins with a few minutes of conscious, circular breathing to focus, calm and center the mind. (22 minutes)   You’ll then move into a body scan meditation, systematically sensing from the inside.   From here, you can use an embodied ‘anchor’ (breath, sound or felt sense) with an invitation to intimately
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On Concentration, Mindfulness and Insight

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how cultivating moment-to-moment, sustained attention is the doorway to transformation.   Concentration is the lens while mindfulness is the film or the chip that ‘notices’ what is there.   Concentration with deep relaxation can lead to not only profound states of awareness, but the arising of insight, allowing you to
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You Are Not What You Think

Special AUDIO: This talk explores the nature of the thinking process and points to who you are beyond your thoughts.   You’ll learn about how thoughts harden into beliefs and a formula for examining what you believe is true. You’ll also learn how to shift your attention to who you are as awareness itself.    
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Suspended and Animated

We’re moving into ‘stick season’ and only the beech trees are holding on to their leaves. The rest? A few rest on the water’s edge.     Geek facts: Panasonic GH-4, 12-35/F2.8 ISO 200 f 2.8 1/60   iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Five Weather Systems

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how to work with the five mind states that make it impossible to be present.   You’ll learn strategies for transforming your relationship with 1) aversion, 2) craving, 3) worry, 4) sloth and torpor and 5) doubt and self-criticism.   Drawing on real-life stories, this talk can help you more
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Cold and Lonely Morning

I’ve never seen this many consistently cloudy, monochromatic mornings.   Here a lone goose makes it’s way up river looking for companionship.   Geek facts: Panasonic GH4 12-35/f2.8 f/10 1/20 iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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On Feeling and Healing

Special AUDIO: This talk explores what gets in the way of ‘clear-seeing’ and how you can work with the obstacles that naturaly arise when you pay attention to what is present.   You’re learn about ‘clear-seeing,’ the practice of recognizing what is present.   Additionally, you’ll learn about seeing what gets in the way of
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Over 200,000 Downloads!

This morning was in my usual technical flow after I give a talk.   Mike or Bob give me a usb thumb drive with the recorded talk. I pop it into GarageBand on my mac and do some minor editing. I trim the beginning and end, put on a musical intro and ending and adjust
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One with Everything TV

November 20, we will be shooting the pilot for “One with Everything,” a show based on awareness, presence and transformation. Link: http://www.onewitheverything.tv   “Can a late-night talk show be enlightening and entertaining while also helping us to learn and transform ourselves? We’ll find out on the new show, One With Everything.   Join us for
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The Three Characteristics of Reality

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how you can sensitize yourself to more quickly recognize the Three Characteristics of Reality and transform your relationship to stress and suffering.   You’ll learn how these elemental qualities of existence pervade every moment and how, by seeing clearly into impermanence, your relationship to impermanence and how impermanence infuses your
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Back from the Fall Retreat

What a week with my fellow teachers at the IMCW Fall Retreat at Pearlstone Retreat Center. Adam Thubten, founder and spiritual director of the Dharmata Foundation shared his wonderful presence with us. The result was a blend of both Theravaden and Tibetan practices and teachings with both depth and laughter.   Pat Coffey, Anam Thubten,
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Fall Migration Meditation

Canada geese moving along the Potomac on a cold, grey fall morning. Soundtrack from “A Touch of Grace” by Jonathan Foust and Tod Norian.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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