“We” Instead of “Me:” Skills in Mindful Communication

Photo used with permission from Boris Smokrovic on Unsplash.jpg “We” Instead of “Me:” Skills in Mindful Communication “The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”                                                                                                                             – Pema Chodron […]

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Nature’s Messages

Nature’s Messages “From that hour Siddhartha ceased to fight against his destiny. There shone in his face the serenity of knowledge, of one who is no longer confronted with conflict of desires, who has found salvation, who is in harmony with the stream of events, with the stream of life, full of sympathy and compassion, […]

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Reflections on Autumn

Reflections on Autumn Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.                                                       […]

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Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation

Teaching Mindfulness and Meditation “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”  ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha It dawned on me recently […]

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BUTTERFLY When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.                                 –Dean Jackson I’ve been thinking […]

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Being Present for the Miracles

(photo used with permission by Michael Coschignano Photography) Being Present for the Miracles “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle […]

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Come Out and Play!

Come Out And Play! “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”                                                                                                         –George Bernard Shaw  When was the last time you played?  With a friend?  A grandchild?  A pet?  I was inspired to write about playfulness this week by a couple of things.  One was a photo […]

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The Mindful Beauty of Assateague Island

(photo used with permission by Beached Paws Photography) The Mindful Beauty of Assateague Island  Assateague Island is a 37-mile (60 km) long barrier island located off the eastern coast of Delmarva.[1] The northern two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the southern third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National […]

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Opportunities for Mindfulness

Opportunities for Mindfulness The world was so beautiful when regarded like this, without searching, so simply, in such a childlike way. Moons and stars were beautiful, beautiful were bank and stream, forest and rocks, goat and gold-bug, flower and butterfly. So lovely, so delightful to go through the world this way, so like a child, […]

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Self-Compassion “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”                                                                                                                                     –Buddha Since I started this retirement journey […]

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