Category: Buddhism

A Lesson in Meditation.

    By Jason Garner   A few months ago my youngest nephew visited me with my sister and brother-in-law. I spent some time alone talking with Aidan, who told me about the fears he was experiencing, especially at bedtime. His stories of lying in bed afraid before falling asleep, or waking up trembling in the middle of the night amidst the imaginary sounds and shadow intruders, touched my heart and brought back memories of my own childhood. I remembered feeling alone, ashamed, and misunderstood as grown-ups gave me such adult-like advice as “count sheep” or “just go back...

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We Who are Dark in Nature.

  By Jessica Rigney A young child drowns and a family is left shattered and grasping. There is something to offer, we hope—those of us who watch from the outside; and we are outside. This thing that has happened, has not happened to us. It has happened to this small family. It is mentioned to me that the living sibling spends much of her time with books. She likes to write and is quite perceptive and sensitive. And can you? Will you? Think of something which can be given to her? I am a dark one. It is no secret...

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Emergence; Seven Steps for Radical Life Change by Derek Rydall. {Book Review}

By Ty Phillips Writing by numbers. Five ways to do this, 10 ways to achieve that, seven steps for… I can’t stand it. So when I received Derek Rydall’s book, Emergence; Seven Steps for Radical Life Change, I rolled my eyes and tossed it on the counter, unsure if I would read it or not. After a few false starts, I decided to give it a fair shake and to my surprise, I loved it. Derek’s book was well written; his story craft and word usage pulled me in. His ability to take serious topics and make them lighthearted...

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To be Alive.

By Jes Wright What does it mean to be alive? To get out of our routines—jump off that sunken space on the couch or chair, and move. Step into spaces. Feel the uneven terrain. See fresh leaves of milk thistle with pearly veins. Hear the persistent cry of a hawk in flight, circling around and around the river bed. Feel the sun through the soft haze, so we squint because we’ve ditched the sunglasses, wanting to see the world exactly as it is. We breathe in—nothing at first because our smell has grown accustomed to the dull senses of...

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How to Unhook from Difficult People.

  By Kate Bartolotta We all have them. You know, those people who are in our lives that just seem to bring out the worst in us, push our buttons or make us crazy. Unfortunately, life isn’t always as simple as Facebook would imply; unfriending and unfollowing difficult people isn’t always an option. But while we can’t always choose who comes into our lives, much of how they affect us is within our control. Buddhists use the term shenpa for being hooked in to that sticky feeling we get when someone rubs us the wrong way. It’s like an...

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