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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Observations from My Retreat at the Forest Refuge

Special PODCAST: This is short clip with images and impressions from my winter retreat.   If you’d like to here more of the nitty gritty, here’s my talk, “Four Things I Learned on My Winter Retreat” youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTuM1TzZNZo podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?mt=2         Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4  
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Dancing with the Heavenly Messengers

Special PODCAST: This talk explores how to find freedom in relationship to sickness, old age, death and embracing ‘reality-based’ practices.   You’ll learn how deeply investigating these phenomena helps you to savor and celebrate this life and to re-dedicate yourself to live your life fully.   Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4        
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Forgiveness and Letting Go as a Spiritual Practice

Special PODCAST: This talk explores the transformative power of forgiveness and letting go.   You’ll learn about the consequences of not letting go, how to motivate yourself to change, the technology of forgiveness and what it means to cultivate a forgiving heart as a personal practice.   Subscribe to Jonathan’s podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathan-foust/id455422434?ign-mpt=uo%3D4      
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