Neither Pleasant Nor Unpleasant

Some things I like: The first taste of my morning fruit and cereal—followed by the first drink of hot green tea or coffee. There is a particular pleasure of sweet followed by bitter warmth that is delicious. The second and

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Never and Always

There is something final and complete in the words “never” and “always.” They seem to be found as the extreme points on questionnaires or they are used in everyday language to point out some strength of our character such as

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Gifts

I met my friend for lunch today. It is a tradition we have maintained for many years. The two of us met at a mental health clinic over thirty years ago (hard to believe). It was before I knew of

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Practicing Alone Together

Each morning I wake-up and decide to practice (meditate). This decision is easy some days such as Tuesday mornings when I am responsible for holding and leading a group sit for my community, however most days I practice alone…or so

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Anger

This morning I woke up feeling annoyed. I noticed it as a mental state more than a sensation in my body, an irritability that was accompanied by repeated thoughts about how X wasn’t how I wanted X to be…I’ve learned

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Friending the World

I just got a friend request on Facebook from an old colleague. If you’re active on Facebook even a little, you may be familiar with this process. When you confirm the invitation, Facebook reveals a whole list of people you

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Pausing to Engage

I want to live a life of engagement by building and nurturing relationships as well as adding to my community large and small. I find that I have a fair amount of energy to engage, but it is not infinite.

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Simple Pleasures

I’ve been craving being home lately. This is a surprise. I love venturing out into the world and the stimulation of the sights, sounds and smells of other ventures. One of my favorite activities is walking down a city street

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Animal Dreams

In the middle of the night, I wake to the sound of my dog’s tail slapping the floor. I smile—which is not my usual response to being awake at 3 am. Ty, my 75-pound, 10-year old yellow Labrador Retriever is

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Change and Continuity

There is a saying here in New England where I live that if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change. My cousin, who travels a great deal and is quite knowledgeable about things like

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