Monthly Archives: February 2013

Listening and Breathing

6:30, very quiet morning. The steady hiss of the fireplace; associations: warmth, superficial fire, comfort… slipping into thought. Open again, listen. Can I hear space? the hiss is to my left. To my right, far away, faint, barely audible, cannot … Continue reading



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Meditation changes behavior

A friend recently explained that he began meditation many years ago to change his behavior. I found this incredibly honest and direct. Many of us say that we want peace in our life, to reduce stress, to sleep better. Many … Continue reading



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Listening

It was a particularly quiet Sunday morning, soft light. Initially I allow the monkey mind loose to satisfy its need to wander. After a few minutes I generally tire of that and find myself naturally either being drawn to my … Continue reading



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Pain as an opportunity

Now I understand why this was called a meditation challenge. This morning I awoke with a migraine. The last one was six months ago, thank goodness. My parents suffered from them, and my brother is debilitated by them. Everything is … Continue reading



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Why do I meditate?

Why do I meditate? Why did I start to meditate? Two very different questions. As a young woman I needed something that felt intimate and uniquely me, some way to foster a relationship with who I was and who I … Continue reading



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First Day

First day. It did not begin as planned; does it ever? Last night my cat, Devi, set my alarm. She walked on the clock and somehow set it for 6 AM, with the most annoying of choices, the buzzer. This … Continue reading



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