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2015: A Time to Dance.

By Dana Gornall   I wasn’t always an introvert. There is a running joke in my family that when I was small, my dad just had to point to a designated space, call it a stage and I would gleefully run and stand in the middle of it and dance. Sure, I was shy by nature, but there was a part of me that craved at least a small fraction of the limelight. I have a memory that is cloudy—like one of those flashback montage’s you see in a sitcom—but the feeling left from it is still there and ever...

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Teaching Kids to Meditate: Things I Have Learned.

  By Daniel Scharpenburg Some people say meditation isn’t helpful to children. I humbly disagree. A brief back story: I created a meditation for kids from the ages of five to ten at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This is really something I fell into because the people in charge of the children’s program left. While I didn’t create this program, I was in charge of it for several years now and I made plenty of changes to make it my own. I’ve heard that most Buddhist temples don’t have programs for children. I’m not sure if...

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Just Breathe: An Asperger’s Story.

By Jes Wright “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” ~ Winston Churchill. I held my breath while reading the article, Fort Bragg High asks team from Mendocino to stay home over T-shirts in the Press Democrat the other day. My heart paused, as I am sure most of us would upon hearing about the students banned from playing in a basketball tournament because they chose to wear the I Can’t Breathe shirts—trying to draw attention to political difficulties that exist within our nation. As I saw the young women’s smiles in the photo accompanying the news story, I felt...

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The Grace of Meditation.

  By Andrew Peers In his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1973) the young monk Chogyam Trungpa, friend of fellow Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, wrote about the dangers of what he called ‘spiritual materialism.’ The materialism of the economy appears to drive souls together in a collection of separate units that forget the social dimension of society. Zen is no exception and often seems annexed by psychology, in turn annexed by the market. What can’t be measured, what you can’t explain, what can’t be conformed to and what does not serve a doubtless very...

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Poison Me.

  By Marcee Murray King   There are not enough hours of the day to get rid of all the invasive species and other weeds choking out the other plants on our 25 acres. The garlic mustard is out of control, while the wild grape vines are dragging down our trees. The wild parsnip makes blisters on my legs and arms if we aren’t alert. My son spent four days hand-digging thistle out of five acres in the blistering sun, only to have new ones sprout in different places days later. An impenetrable wall of wild rose is growing...

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