Five Reasons Why a Daylong Retreat is a Great Investment

I am just back home after leading a daylong retreat “The Questions That Can Heal and Set You Free”.   I feel refreshed, inspired and touched by a day with such kind and thoughtful folks.   If you have thought about taking time out of your busy life for a daylong retreat, here are five
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Memorial for my Father

Quaker services are all about the moment. We meet in silence and members speak when they feel moved.   We held a memorial service for my father at our summer Meetinghouse in Maidencreek, Pennsylvania this last weekend. It’s a one-room unheated, simple stone building surrounded by trees.   Gathered in the comfortable silence generated by
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Ch-ch-changes

I’m up in the Berkshire Mountains at Kripalu Center this week and it’s peak foliage season.   Impermanence is one of the three factors of reality and it’s quite evident up here. Here are two trees in different stages of their moulting process.   Geek facts: Lumix GH4 Panasonic Vario 100-300   iTunes podcast here,
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Before Sunrise

Not only is there appreciably less light in the mornings, I can’t remember a time when it’s been so consistently grey and fogged in.   Some early pre-dawn images from the river.     Geek facts: Lumix GH4 Panasonic Vario 100-300   iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Change Yourself, Change the World

Special AUDIO: This talk explores the theme of Earth Care Week and how the stress and suffering of what you see around you can be seen as a mirror of your internal world.   You’ll learn how, by reflecting on the core teachings of 1) the fact of suffering, 2) the cause of suffering, 3)
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Saying No

This week in class I talked about the classic instruction regarding “saying yes” to life.   Father Thomas Keating, one of the chief architects of Centering Prayer, described meditation as “the practice of consent,” accepting your experience to be exactly what it is.   I also talked little bit about how “no” is also saying
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The Art of Yes

Special AUDIO: The talk explores some fundamentals of a meditation practice and how (sometimes) saying ‘yes’ to what is present can dramatically shift your relationship to the here and now.   You’lll learn my favorite definition of mindfulness, the art of ‘saying yes,’ how every ‘no’ actually means yes – and the classic instructions to
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Morning Sunrise

After constant travel, it’s great to be home by the river again.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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We Left the Walled City of Barga

In Northern Italy, we decided to leave the walled city of Barga and head out for a hiking adventure. Way, way up in a far mountain top we saw a small settlement.   The tiny town was called Sommocolonia. It has quite the history. On Christmas day of 1944, this little town was held by
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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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