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Take It Easy

“Life is not a problem to be resolved but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard Sometimes we get so used to putting forth effort that we miss opportunities to take it easy. We can also forget how good…

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All Ears

Want to listen to something inspiring and thought provoking during your daily commute? In search of an alternative to screen time? Check these out. On Being – Former diplomat Krista Tippett interviews thought leaders, artists and change makers in an…

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The Upside of Suffering

“Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?” – Kristin Neff As unpleasant as it is, there can be an upside to suffering – compassion. Compassion is when we extend kindness to others in…

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Mindfulness as a Way to Remember

“It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” – Rainer Maria Rilke The term mindfulness is a somewhat awkward translation of the Pali word sati. While scholars debate its full and intended meaning, sati…

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Sitting With Discomfort

I recently wrote an article for 8 Limbs Yoga Centers on why discomfort can feel so unsafe. Head here for the full piece which includes a 12-minute guided meditation. Keep reading below for an excerpt - five ways to support sitting…

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Adjusting our Lens of Awareness

“Going nowhere … isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply.” – Pico Iyer A common myth about mindfulness…

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Soft Wheat

Softening Life’s Edges

As humans we all face difficulties. Depending on what we look like and who we love, we may encounter more or less difficulties. We can’t eradicate all of life’s painful edges. We can take steps though not to sharpen these…

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Head + Heart

Go Local

Looking for more ways to practice close to home? Check out these local and regional mindfulness resources. Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple Heart of Wisdom is located near Dekum corner in NE Portland. Its full range of offerings includes Full Moon…

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Breathe

Nourish and Calm with Breath

Breath is by nature portable, we take it with us wherever we go. As a meditation tool, Meditation Teacher Sharon Salzberg has been known to point out its “stealthy” nature. Since we’re always breathing, no one needs to know we’re…

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