Twenty Minute Guided Meditation

Special AUDIO: In this 20 minute meditation you’ll begin with a few rounds of conscious breathing, move into a brief body scan, then select an anchor that feels right for you. You’ll end with a brief reflection on gratitude and the felt sense of the here and now.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here,
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Happy Happy, Empty Empty

Jack Kornfield tells the story of a monk from Asia visiting the United States who spoke only two words of English.   Everywhere he went throughout the United States he’d bow, smile and say, “Empty Empty Happy Happy.”   I remembered those words when I was on the Cape recently. There’s nothing quite like heading
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A Drone at Home

Two great friends showed up today … with a quadcopter!   I’d never seen one up close. Amazing, kind of scary technology. You monitor the camera from an iPad, direct it where you want and shoot both stills and video.   I couldn’t resist and edited the footage(which is captured in 1080p, by the way).
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Super Moon

The Super Moon means super tides. Here on Cape Cod, that means we were able to wander about a quarter mile out into the bay.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Perfect Haze

Because I am often down by the river each morning to welcome the sun, I am treated to quite a few mundane sunrises – as well as a few spectacular ones.   This morning the perfect amount of haze formed to create a perfect neutral density filter to allow me to capture the rising sun
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A Short Weekend Retreat

It’s only fitting I would lead a short weekend meditation retreat with, well, two short people. Tara, Ruth King and I led a three-day retreat at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reiserstown, MD last weekend.   Traditionally we offer a weekend as part of a seven day retreat. That was always problematic as we’d have a
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The Awakened Heart and Mind

Special AUDIO: This talk explores what happens when the forces of greed, hatred and delusion fall away.   You’ll learn how present-moment awareness can help you identify and let go of what is between you and feeling free and how the characteristics of ‘bodhichitta’ – a heart and mind awake – emerge and can transform
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Inquiry as a Path to Awakening

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how the questions you ask yourself can not only help you make better decisions, but can also reveal who and what you really are.   You’re learn about the power of thoughts and beliefs, how questions can cultivate greater intimacy with life, how questions can sometimes dramatically turn around problematic
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Lone Egret this Morning

I found this solitary egret purveying the landscape.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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20 Second Meditation with Cormorants

Special AUDIO: Take five slow breaths and hang with some birds welcoming the morning light.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Protein on the Potomac

These are swarms of bugs on the Potomac River highlighted by the rising sun behind them. Mist is burning off the water in the morning light.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Here We Go Round in Circles

Late Monday afternoon I was preparing to head out to lead the Monday Night class at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.   I usually take the ’96 VW Cabrio I ‘inherited’ from my mother-in-law, but I had a ‘ weird feeling’ that instead I should take my Honda Element. For local driving, I much
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The Keys to Lasting Happiness

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how you can cultivate lasting happiness.   You’ll learn how to avoid the biggest trap in seeking happiness and how you can cultivate happiness both externally – through wise and skillful action – as well as internally – by how you pay attention.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here,
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Morning Cormorants

Living by a large, breathing river like the Potomac just above Great Falls means each day is different. The water levels are constantly shifting, the sun rises and sets in different locations and populations of birds and animals fluctuate dramatically.   In all my years here I’d never seen more than five or six cormorants.
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A Touch of Grace CD

In 1996, Mike McAvoy, Tod Norian, Carol Wahler and I hunkered down in Mike’s sound studio in his basement and shut off the furnace so we had some quiet. We then launched into four fifteen minute cuts which you’ll find on my CD, “A Touch of Grace.”   I’ve often joked that I gave this
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