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Life in a Canoe.

  By Tom Welch I often wonder what life would be like living on the riverbank. Sometimes I see people doing chores there and taking baths. They seem so permanent, so rooted. I wonder what excitement their lives provide them. From what I can observe, not much. Yet last night I heard a young girl, I think, singing in the darkness. I wonder if everyone sings, and whether all sing alone or sometimes together. My life here has its interesting side, too. Mostly it’s a struggle against the flow of the river and obstacles, seen and sometimes unseen. Only the...

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The Beginner’s Mind.

  By Melle Hany (Breathing in) Sometimes, I don’t know everything. There, I said it. Now we can move on (breathes out). Having recently started a meditation practice, I’m finding an unexpected struggle in approaching things with a beginner’s mind. Now that I’m in my mid-thirties, I’ve noticed a near compulsive need to have it all together and an even larger growing anxiety at the things that I feel like I haven’t completed. While that has both positive and negative repurcussions for my day-to-day life, it doesn’t lend itself to starting, well, anything with any sort of grace or...

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What if Buddha Had Been a Mom?

  By Jason Garner I was watching a documentary the other night with my wife. It was a rare night for us—all alone in our home—so we snuggled in, lit a fire, and watched a “weird” documentary we had been saving to watch for a night when the kids weren’t competing for the remote control. The documentary was about the rise of Eastern spiritual practice in the West. At one point in the documentary someone who had studied with many of the great masters of the East said that one of them had told him, “If I’d lived in...

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Restorative Yoga: Face-Plant-Asana.

  By Carolyn Riker I love to love—and give. I love to connect and yet, there are times when inner pressures meet outer pressures and I combust. It is a stealthy and an unnerving feeling when everything-seems-to-be-falling-apart. Often, there’s an intense urge to subdue the lesser friendly thoughts and emotions. Then there are days when it hurts to breathe. Tears come readily in unexpected places like a grocery store, red light, or green light, to any song on the radio, while making dinner, loud or soft noises, cleaning or playing the piano. It can get to the point of...

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Changing with Change.

    By Edith Lazenby Life happens. As a friend says, it is what it is. Acceptance sometimes has to hit us over the head with a bat before we say yes to what works and no to what does not work. It is what it is. What if your house burned down? What if you went the kind of crazy where you no longer knew what is real? What if you are runner but you keep riding a bike? What if you are born to write but won’t stop singing? What if you turn 50 and never found...

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