Monday Night Class in Arlington Cancelled Tonight

Due to the Drek of Winter, we are canceling the Monday Night Class in Arlington tonight. Stay safe!   Tara and I head to the Forest Refuge http://www.dharma.org/meditation-retreats/forest-refuge later this week. One of my favorite things has been to do long walks in the New England woods. Looking the forecast, it looks like the only
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The Suffering Business

I always joke that I’m ‘in the suffering business,’ and business is booming.   It was an honor and privilege to support the graduates above in their study of “Guiding Meditation and Advanced Asana” at Kripalu Center.   I definitely get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I think of each of these devoted people creating
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One with Everything TV: My Extended Interview with Daryl Davis

In honor of Martin Luther King day, please enjoy this interview with Daryl Davis from our pilot, One with Everything TV.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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New England Winter

I used to live here.   I am here in western Massachusetts for 10 days co-leading “Guiding Meditation and Advanced Asana” as part of a 500 hour professional yoga teacher training program.   It’s been as low as -9 at night and not much higher during the day.   I lived here for about 20
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The Most Important Thing

Special AUDIO: This talk explores the power of intention and attention.   You’ll learn how clarifying your intentions can dramatically increase your capacity for happiness. You’ll also learn the importance of developing skillful means – honestly assessing whether or not what you are currently doing is moving toward what you most want.      
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Unleashing Your Inner Golden Retriever

Special AUDIO: From the Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s New Year’s Retreat. This talk explores the transformative power of compassion.   You’ll learn how to cultivate authentic friendliness in your meditation practice, how to distinguish between pain and suffering and how to heal the judging mind through the practice of forgiveness.       iTunes
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New Beginnings: My 2014 Annual Review

It’s been said that practice comes down to two things:     1) Intention and 2) Attention   Below is my 2014 Annual Review, inspired by James Clear (www.jamesclear.com).  The exercise was quite helpful.  It has given me some clarity and ways to sharpen my focus.   I mentioned this in my dharma talk on
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Retreating and Renewing

“The more you’ve got going on in your life, the more you need to be on retreat.”   Our year-end retreat provides much needed space to step back and let the moment unfold. It’s an honor to be serving these retreats and always a joy to reunite with our teaching team.   102 participants from
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On Gratitude and Giving

Special AUDIO: This talk explores what can happen when you investigate gratitude and giving.   You’ll learn how to incline your mind toward wholesome states by reflecting on gratitude and why generosity is such a foundational teaching in Buddhist psychology. You’ll explore as well your relationship to the ‘other side’ of generosity – your capacity
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Five Breaths, Five Scenes

An idyllic late afternoon in the Berkshires Mountains of western Massachusetts. I’m down by the lake and noticed how as I was transfixed watching the light and colors, my breath slowed down dramatically.   This inspired me to try a little experiment. This short video offers five scenes of ten seconds each. Your practice is
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Black, White and Color

Winter in Northern, Virginia can be a paradox of color. Many mornings are grey and bleak, but when the conditions are right, color explodes, whether it be morning light on the Potomac or a clear, brilliant blue sky.   The little dots are a smorgasbord of birds. Limited resources, plus minimizing movement to keep warm,
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On Equanimity

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how you can cultivate the full expression of mindfulness practice: equanimity.   You’ll learn about equanimity from the perspective of Buddhist psychology, practices to cultivate steadiness and clear-seeing and how to identify the ‘near enemies’ of this state – qualities of experience that are close to equanmity, but miss the
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The light of December

It’s bleak these days. The sun rises late and the eastern skies are usually dreary.   Each morning I scan for light, color, textures and interesting movement.   Thus far, the only dramatic action I can find is the occasional sunrise over Conn’s Farm.   In 1814, James Madison, then president of the United States,
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On Cultivating Joy

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how you can increase your capacity for joy.   You’ll learn about the characteristics of joy from the Buddhist perspective, the shadowside of joy as well as how to cultivate joy as a spiritual practice.       iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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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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