Mindfulness Meditation
    • Making friends with your mind, heart and body

Accepting Reality

Saturday, 13 September 2014 09:06

A half dozen years ago, I reflected upon three "teachings" about accepting reality. They made me realize the importance of that attitude in practicing mindfulness, and in reducing dukkha. Dukkha is the Pali word for unsatisfactoriness or suffering, Pali being the language used in India at the time of the Buddha.

My First Retreat

Thursday, 13 February 2014 23:33

One year after attending the course on meditation and mindfulness (MBSR), I went on my first meditation retreat. It was an experience which, initially, was not particularly pleasant.

My Son's Graduation

Saturday, 30 November 2013 22:06

One of the attitudes we cultivate to enhance our being mindful is that of not "striving" – whenever possible and appropriate, not working to achieve a particular outcome from an experience. I relearned this attitude when I attended my son's graduation.

The Cat's Meow

Sunday, 27 October 2013 11:51

In order to deal with difficulties during meditation - and daily living – certain perspectives and attitudes can be quite helpful. I was reminded of this again a number of years ago when I encountered the cat's meow.

Relaxing with Mindfulness

Sunday, 15 September 2013 01:01

Practising mindfulness has physical, intellectual and emotional benefits. It also feels quite pleasant when it occurs. By "when it occurs" I mean when I bring my attention back to the present moment – when I refocus on the here and now.

Conquering Height

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 22:02

Meditation and mindfulness have improved my enjoyment of life in many ways. One of them is recognizing habits that are not positive, and working to reduce them. An important one was my lifelong fear of heights.

Walt Whitman

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 22:54

I am larger and better than I thought.
I did not think I held so much goodness.

Walt Whitman

Buddha Shakyamuni

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 22:52

Those whom summer’s heat tortures yearn for the full moon of autumn without fearing the idea that a hundred days of their life will then have passed forever.

Buddha Shakyamuni

Marcel Proust

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 22:51

It is rare that happiness alights just so on the desire that called for it.

Marcel Proust

Tibetan saying

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 22:50

Seeking happiness outside ourselves is like waiting for sunshine in a cave facing north.

Tibetan saying