Tag Archives: mindfulness

What got left out of “meditation”? by David Chapman

[Please enjoy this guest post from David Chapman, who blogs at David Chapman @ WordPress.com ] What got left out of “meditation”? Posted on July 12, 2011 by David Chapman Buddhist meditation methods have been forced through a series of filters … Continue reading

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Ear Worm

ear worm (n.)  : a song or melody that keeps repeating in one’s mind Woke up one Saturday morning about two years ago with a song repeating in mind. It was running before the eyes had opened. I had not … Continue reading

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Silent Retreat at the Merritt Center, Payson AZ

Have long felt any time spent in silence was spent best. Over Memorial Day weekend, spent part of 4 days silently serving 16 others as we walked in silence together on retreat. Our hostess, Betty Merritt, did an amazing job … Continue reading

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Great Opportunity

Five years ago, I caught the flu. Lots of people do. Around 5 – 20 % of the US population annually contracts influenza. About 36 000 die of it in the US each year. Since you are reading this, you … Continue reading

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Just this Cushion, this Breath, this Moment

Deep resonant reverb Fanning out in all directions Summoned sleepers while silence embraced To practice in the early morning dark Dull gong-like strike Of crystal quartz bell Ebbing and flowing First hour, every hour Calling out to those pacing slowly … Continue reading

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