Accepting Reality

by on 13 September 2014

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

by on 13 February 2014

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

by on 30 November 2013

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.