Mindfulness Meditations

Have More Peace and Ease

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“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle I find mindfulness meditation supports my intention to have more peace and ease…..if only for a moment. Mindfulness Meditation Every Friday 12:15 – 12:45 pm Room 114 Join others in Mindfulness Meditation on Fridays at 12:15 pm in Room 114. Brief discussion, followed by silent practice and concluding with observations, comments or questions. Take refuge in the present moment. Mindfulness Meditation is the opportunity to rest in Presence in a supportive environment with others. No experience, fee or registration is...

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Be Aware of the Day’s Treasures

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“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.” Mary Jean Iron I find mindfulness meditation supports my intention to be aware of the day’s treasures…..if only for a moment. Mindfulness Meditation Every Friday 12:15 – 12:45 pm Room 114 Join others in Mindfulness Meditation on Fridays at 12:15 pm in Room 114. Brief discussion, followed by silent practice and concluding with observations, comments or questions. Take refuge in the present moment. Mindfulness Meditation is the opportunity to rest in Presence in a...

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Catch Myself Sensing Danger When It’s Really Only Discomfort

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One of the major takeaways for me in learning how the brain evolved has been appreciating our extreme sensitivity to both real and unreal threats – even the tiniest ones. Unfortunately, while this strategy worked great for survival, one of the results is that we are very vulnerable to feeling needlessly cautious, distant, uneasy, worried, guarded, tense, and anxious around each other.  Of course, we need to track real threats, and respond appropriately. But expending mental resources plus stress hormones on false alarms makes it harder to deal with real issues – plus it makes us suffer, lose opportunities for closeness and cooperation with others, and get...

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Don’t Follow My Reactivity

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“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” Roger Babson Reminds me of the expression “two wrongs don’t make a right”.  I’m hearing a lot about what’s wrong lately.  Yes, some things do go wrong.  Now, what do I do in the midst of it?  Do I match this degree of wrongness with equal rightness?  Sounds like a bad recipe.  How do I catch my “rightness” (thought, feelings) before my reactive behavior jumps out?  Bigger the wrongness = less reaction time. My work is to “not go with them”.  How does this show up for me?  I can go big picture with the politics of our time and/or my daily reactivity...

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Here

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Almost There My first half of life, busy with Almost. Almost getting there, done or enough. Chasing There as it’s a place to be, I place where I’ll find me. and then a shift, a second look, What if I drop the Almost? There…. It’s right Here. I’m still moving yet the view is with eyes that see that the There is Here. No longer a victim of that moving finish line. I’ve been standing on the line, always, I didn’t know. I’ve dropped the Almost. Now, there I am. Here. I find mindfulness meditation supports my intention to be Here…..if only for a moment. Mindfulness Meditation Every Friday 12:15 – 12:45 pm Room 407 Join...

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See

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For years, I would begin my classes on the contemplative mind by repeating the same sentence twice:  “Most people do not see things as they are because they see things as they are!” Which is not to see at all. Their many self-created filters keep them from seeing with any clear vision. The whole of life is almost perfectly calibrated to get you out of your own way, which is normally achieved by having to give up control or through a persistent sadness, pain, or fear. Richard Rohr Richard Rohr has been on a ROLL lately with his daily emails.  If you’re not familiar with him, link above gives you some more information. I find mindfulness meditation supports my...

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