I am ever grateful for this practice, for learning to pull awareness back to the present moment and be with life as it is happening right now. When practicing on the cushion, sometimes I’ll disappear into a fantasy about what Read More
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Having read the chapter on mindfulness in Real Happiness (finishing it on the bus) I was walking mindfully to catch another bus, one which was nowhere in sight and not likely to be arriving soon, when I decided to run Read More
I’m no stranger to pain. But who is? Yet sometimes I feel that three open heart surgeries ratchets it up a notch. That said, childbirth was no cake walk. And I have always imagined that for the child being born, Read More
I had the opportunity to attend a meditation with Alan Lokos (Community Meditation Center in NYC) this morning. His voice was so soothing and somehow he emanates compassion through his presence. A very close and lovely friend joined me. It Read More
Those twenty minutes on the cushion are a sort of training camp. Returning awareness to the touch points, again and again and yes, yet again. Noting the sensation of the ribcage expanding along the side body on an inhale and Read More
I’ve meditated for a long time – but found the chapter on Concentration in Real Happiness revelatory -so simple and so deep, it knocked my socks off. For me right now, happiness is not being unkind. I’ve just turned 75. Read More
The very idea of concentration, this week as it applies to meditation and happiness, is both incredibly hard – as always – and oddly simple, in unexpected bursts. Upon the suggestion from Real Happiness I wrote my meditation schedule, for as Read More
I wondered what I could write about during the first week of the 28-day blogging experience and how to express my appreciation of the people, places, and things I have been exposed to because of my Vipassana practice. What could Read More
I was out of the country (in Paris) for ten of these 28 days and managed to find the space and time to meditate (sometimes on planes!).
Earlier this week, I visited the Butterfly Sanctuary at the Museum of Natural History.