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2018/07/30

We sat alone and in silence, and ironically that was the beginning of making friends. Our five days and nights of being together started in separation and gradually became a period of intense connection and togetherness. We went inward and came outward. We all wanted to break out of our aloneness and experience oneness, though we could not articulate that desire.

I was leading a group of 16 year-o...

Fresh out of college, without a job, and needing some money to pay the rent I became a substitute teacher in the Cambridge, Massachusetts public schools. Substitute teaching in inner-city public schools in the United States was a horrible job. $25 for a day in hell. Teach? Impossible! Just surviving to the end of the day was the goal. The tough, city kids were too much for me, or maybe any substit...

How can mindfulness teach empathy? Or what is ‘mindfulness’ in the first place? Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, an American Japanese psychologist and co-founder of LifeWorks at Stanford University, shed some important light on these questions during a weekly meeting of the "Mind, Body, and Culture Workshop" organized by the Stanford Research Group on Collective Trauma and Healing. During the sessio...

 

 

“Before you cross the street, take my hand.

 

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

 

In John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" we see a mundane example of mindful parenting, helping a child to live in the moment rather than in the future. The work of mindful parenting is in the quality of the attention we bring to each moment, and in the commitment to live and parent as consciou...

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