Why We Find It Hard to Meditate

From Mindful.org: Why We Find It Hard to Meditate | Mindful. What is it about something as simple as sitting still and watching our breath that evokes panic, fear, and even hostility? No matter how many reports there are proving the mental, emotional, and physical value of being quiet, there seems to be an even greater […]

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Dinosaurs and ghosts

I love dinosaurs and have ever since I can remember. Adults would get a kick out of three year old me answering “paleontologist” when they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. My license plate currently reads “TREXRAWR.” My younger brothers and I wore out our VHS copy of “Jurassic Park.” I […]

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Answering questions on religion, spirituality, feminism and more…

One of the blogs that I read on a regular basis is “Hessian with Teeth,” a blog by two university students that regularly delves into topics like those in the title of this post (in fact, they describe themselves by saying “This site is all about ideas”). Recently they’ve reached a milestone on their blog and […]

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Make me one with everything…

… Some may recognize that as the punchline of the old joke “What did the Buddhist ask the hot dog vendor?” The idea of being one with everything is at the core a desire to feel like we belong and to feel like we are essential to the universe and it’s machinations. It describes a transcendent […]

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On mindfulness

Yesterday I went for a hike at the Carpenter Falls land trust, about ten miles down Skaneateles Lake in the town of Niles. I was with two of my brothers and my nephew. We had fun, jumping from rock to rock, crossing logs laid over the creek, swinging from heavy vines and looking under rocks […]

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On my own but not alone, aka, Why I haven’t gone to AA (yet)

So far it’s been 119 days since my last drink. Since then I’ve had various people ask if I’m in AA, if I’ve thought about AA, etc. (The asking if I’m going to meetings does kind of defeat the purpose of the “anonymous” part though, doesn’t it?) I haven’t been to an AA meeting (yet) […]

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