essays

THE LURE OF JEWELS: A preschool teacher’s notebook

THE LURE OF JEWELS: A preschool teacher’s notebook

Preschoolers learn much more about socialization, studies show, than those who remain home. Working in the aftercare program in a preschool,...
February 28, 2013 × 0 comments

engaged spirituality

A MINDFUL NATION:  Rep. Tim Ryan relates his experience with mindfulness practice and how to realign the mind with the heart

A MINDFUL NATION: Rep. Tim Ryan relates his experience with mindfulness practice and how to realign the mind with the heart

It was cold and grey outside as I walked by the bottom of an imposing mountain. It felt as though fall had turned into winter in just...
February 27, 2013 × 1 comment

environment

THE DISAPPEARING MALE: The effect of fossil fuels on male birth rate and men’s health

THE DISAPPEARING MALE: The effect of fossil fuels on male birth rate and men’s health

We can choose to give up smoking, to stop taking drugs, to lose weight, to get fit. We demand labelling of GMO products, but we humans,...
February 27, 2013 × 2 comments

contemplations

DEEP ACCEPTANCE: To be free from our limitations we must discover what it is to be free in our limitations

DEEP ACCEPTANCE: To be free from our limitations we must discover what it is to be free in our limitations

At a recent organizational gathering I was honoured for my years of service. A number of very kind things were said, among them some...
February 26, 2013 × 0 comments

spiritual practices

BREAK DOWN THE WALLS: Using Zen koans to open your mind

BREAK DOWN THE WALLS: Using Zen koans to open your mind

Within each moment there is time and energy, space and solidity, creation and erosion. The dynamic lends itself to the tides of unseen...
February 26, 2013 × 1 comment

voluntary simplicity

SIMPLE LIVING GUIDE: Where is it all going? [Step 3]

SIMPLE LIVING GUIDE: Where is it all going? [Step 3]

[Read Step 2 of the Simple Living Guide] The most important point to remember from the previous step is that money is something we...
February 25, 2013 × 0 comments

alternative therapies

THE BLUE BUDDHA: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine [documentary]

THE BLUE BUDDHA: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine [documentary]

Twelve hundred years ago the people of Tibet developed a comprehensive medical system. They understood how the mind affects the body....
February 25, 2013 × 0 comments

mindfulness practice

POETRY AND MINDFULNESS: Go beyond the words and rhyme

POETRY AND MINDFULNESS: Go beyond the words and rhyme

After meditating or going out on a long walk, I often sit with a poem and allow the words to seep into the heart of my present moment...
February 24, 2013 × 0 comments

mindful living

A RUSH OF ANOTHER SORT: Nordic skiing and mindfulness

A RUSH OF ANOTHER SORT: Nordic skiing and mindfulness

In the classic cross-country technique the athlete employs a diagonal stride. Both skis stay parallel to one another. This motion...
February 24, 2013 × 1 comment