Wake Up ! Tour : Mindfulness for Young People ( 17 – 35)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mindfulness: have you heard the word?It's a vital way of learning how to understand, accept, and realize our mind's true nature. It's about being fully alive in the present moment (the only moment ever available for us to be alive). To be honest, being in the present is also about learning to return to the present : our bodies are in the present, but our untamed mind can wander in 1,000 directions. (You've noticed?) Yet all you need to enjoy mindfulness isa pause a s … [Read more...]

Recipes for an Ordinary Happy Life :: Interview with Karen Maezen Miller (Part 2 of 2)

Continuing from Part 1, Karen Maezen Miller here addresses meaning, meditation, and the sacred in the mundane.:.You write, "The search for meaning robs our life of meaning" Are you saying there is no meaning? And if there is meaning, what is it, in your view?It is the search that leads us astray. The meaning is always at hand in this moment. This moment right now is the fruit of an infinite past and the seed of a limitless future. How can you find more meaning than that? You can't.A … [Read more...]

Recipes for an Ordinary Happy Life :: Interview with Karen Maezen Miller (Part 1 of 2)

Karen Maezen Miller is  a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, California. As such, she is skilfully and warmly engaged with spirituality in everyday life.   She's also the compelling of two compelling, inspiring books,  Momma Zen and, as of last month, Hand Wash Cold. Of this recent title, Mandala magazine writes: "Read how she copes with the suds and stains of living and you’ll never look at an overflowing laundry basket in the same way again … [Read more...]

Can the Soul Learn To Tweet ?

Recently, 88-year-old  comedienne Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live. What's unusual here is not so much her age. Rather, she did so in response to a campaign mounted on Facebook.  In her opening monologue, she ribbed the popular online social network, reminiscing, ""When I was young we didn't have Facebook, we had phone book — but you wouldn't waste an afternoon with it."As for me, I've wondered how you can call it FaceBook when it doesn't have chapters, much less page numbers. But I'm of … [Read more...]


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