Happy for No Reason: Time Out for the Important Things

A little sappy, but a nice reminder to shift from conceptual to non-conceptual awareness:
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What Would You Have Missed If You Weren't Born?

A touching interview with Maurince Sendak on what he would have missed if he wasn’t born.  A great inquiry.   http://youtu.be/U68bZbMM7q8    
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To Be or Do?

Two podcast episodes this week.  #1 is a guided meditation exploring three forms of breathing, from willful breathing to contemplation of natural breath. This week’s talk is part of a series on “Buddha and the Body.  When it comes to cultivating embodied presence, how should you pay attention? This talk explores two practices that rest
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Global Weirding

I had the intention to get on the river on my paddleboard at least a few times a month through the winter and bought a used 5mm wetsuit to make that possible.  This week I managed to head out for a few hours in a wool shirt, shorts and my neoprene booties. A little break
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On Diversity

  We had a powerful two days with Ruth King on Diversity.  She’s a fireball.  If you’d like to learn more about her work, this is her link.  She’ll be at the New Year’s Retreat doing private interviews. Our capacity for interpersonal transformation truly comes from our capacity to sense what another’s experience is like
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Seeing the Other

We’re heading into a full weekend on Diversity with Ruth King in the Meditation Teacher Training Institute this weekend.  I’m always a bit nervous before I dive into this topic as it’s so fraught with pain, but I am always grateful for the adventure. Tim Wise offers some profound words on the passive formulation of
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Happy for No Reason: Ich bin ein giggler

Been awhile since a “Happy for No Reason” video.  This is from a train in Berlin.   Thanks, Ellen.
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Two new talks online

  I’ve got two new talks online from recent weeks.  The first is called “Cultivating Equanimity.” The flower of mindfulness practice is equanimity, the capacity to allow your experience to be exactly what it is – no matter what it is. The second talk (from this week) is “On Gratitude and Giving.”  This talk explores
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Out of the Darkness

I try not to look at the sky in the morning.  When it’s cloudy it’s too easy to make an excuse not to go out.  When I do, there’s usually some treat if I can wait long enough. This emerges out of the blackness the other day:
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Morning

If I don’t work in my morning practices early, I tend to get caught up in the pull of the day.  The other day I started in well before dark and toward the end caught this image of an early winter morning.
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Cold Water Paddling

It’s cooling dramatically, but we still get a few warm days here and there.  There are disadvantages in being self-employed, but one of the advantages is the creativity that comes around time-management.  I had a conference call mid-day and as it was going to hit 50 degrees around that time I brought my stand up
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Back, with images

About a month ago I was heading out for a pre-sunrise walk with my trusty Canon 60D and 70-230 L-series zoom, which has to be one of the most amazing lenses around. (A deep bow to Kevin McDonough, who traded it for all my video equipment a few years back.) As I headed across the
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Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in DC

I’ve had a number of people from retreats and classes ask about the style of movement I lead. I spent almost 25 years immersed into the world of Kripalu Yoga as a practitioner and trainer and find the style is still a great match for me. Kripalu Yoga is about balance. How do you cultivate
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Manipulating Time

Time is relative, usually in relationship to how much we are enjoying or not enjoying what’s happening. One great thing about meditation is that you can deconstruct your internal response to what is happening rather than be caught up in reactivity. Imagine being able to manipulate time with technology:   The Decelerator Helmet – A
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