Day 3 of Meditation Challenge

Today is Day 3 of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge. It’s been years since I’d focused on following the breath. I’m so glad this challenge brought me back to it. It’s such a refreshing, calming, peaceful practice! I feel like it’s bringing me nearer the beginning. Thank you.

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Structure of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge

Today is the first day of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge. You can still sign up at Commit to 28 Days of Meditation Practice.

The focus of the 4 weeks of meditation practice Continue reading

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28-Day Meditation Challenge 2013

I just signed up for the 2013 28-Day Meditation Challenge, based on Sharon Salzberg’s book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program.

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2013 Resolutions

Happy New Year!

For 2013, instead of a list of new year resolutions, I have just one new year resolution, which is Continue reading

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The 3 Rules of Doing

My Taiji teacher mentioned the following 3 Golden Rules during our class yesterday: Continue reading

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New F. Scott Fitzgerald Story in the New Yorker

The New Yorker is publishing a “new” short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which it rejected 76 years ago, in 1936.  The publishing date is August 6, 2012, but it is already available online now.

The story, “Thank You for the Light”, is very short indeed, about 1.5 pages long. It tells the story of the 40-year-old, widowed, pretty but “somewhat faded”,  Mrs Hanson, who is a traveling salesperson of corsets and girdles, and whose means of relaxation Continue reading

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Sofa in White by Ai Weiwei, more photos

More photos of Ai Weiwei’s “Sofa in White”, currently exhibiting at Paradeplatz, Zurich, Switzerland, as part of Art and the City Zurich 2012.

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Recycling and Resource Consumption

I came across this study today: Recycling Gone Bad: When the Option to Recycle Increases Resource Consumption.

It does not at all surprise me. I have often observed the correlation between the availability of an option to recycle and increased resource consumption.

Several years ago when my former Continue reading

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Independence Day Quote

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” – Samuel Adams

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Psychosomatics and Trauma

At the process and psychosomatics course last weekend, the instructor defined trauma as the interruption of what would have occurred spontaneously. It’s based on the work of Peter Levine.

The instructor explained that because animals process their trauma immediately, they are, therefore, not traumatized by events the way we humans are, holding the traumatizing experiences in our bodies long after the physical injury has healed. That’s where bodywork combined with process work can help us release the trauma held in the body. Continue reading

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