Chlorophyll!!!

Scenes from a morning hike:
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Deepening the Wonder

This week’s topic was on The Heavenly Messengers:  Sickness, Old Age and Death.  When we are touched by them, our lives take new shape. Below is poem from Hafiz.  Below that, the image of a decaying yearling deer I came across on one of my river walks recently. I find the the image of form
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Last of the Blue Bells

With hot weather coming on, the Blue Bells are on their way out.
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What Buddhist Personality Type Are You?

This week in class I mentioned the three basic personality types identified in Buddhist psychology. Aversive Greedy Deluded You can read a great article on the topic here at Tricycle Magazine.  At the end is a quiz.(How Cosmo.) Anyone up for creating a Buddhist Dating Website?  “WM Aversive seeking ….”
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Meditation and Mediation

A definition of meditation I use all the time: “Meditation is noticing what’s happening – while it’s happening … and noticing your relationship to what’s happening.” This definition can be most helpful when it comes to relationships and conflict.  We are more inclined to look outward rather than inward.  When conflict arises with another, we
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Happy for No Reason: I Dreamed a Dream

This viral video has been touching hearts around the world.  Quite wonderful.  As a friend who passed it on to me said: It makes me cry every time I see it. There is some sort of deeply moving lesson there about judging mind… Update:  I can’t seem to get the embedded video to work.  You
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Happy for No Reason: The Sound of Music, Antwerp

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Everything Taking Too Long

Life is short – and then you die. WASHINGTON—An overwhelming sense of restlessness and impatience engulfed the U.S. this week when citizens determined that everything—the morning commute, phone conversations, getting a table at Chili’s, making coffee, commercial breaks, everything—was taking entirely too long. This piece from the Onion kind of nails it. Hat tip to
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Migraines

I had a wonderful weekend leading the “Buddha and Body” retreat at Kripalu Center.  About ten minutes after the program ended I hopped in the car and made my way to Connecticut for our annual meditation festival at Watering Pond Yoga hosted by my dear friends Dorothy and Michael.  After a wonderful gathering, a great
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Happy For No Reason: Mai Toi

Being a ‘worthy person.’  A Thai Life Insurance ad. [youtube]7Bvy_11pxzA[/youtube]
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Magical Morning

This morning’s walk in the woods and along the river was filled with low lying clouds and magical light.  The cool weather has held back the spring growth and I can hardly wait to watch the explosion when things warm up.
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Call Me By My True Names

The reading from class this week exploring ‘self and world.’  From Thich Nhat Han. Call Me by My True Names Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with wings
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