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In honor of Bodhi Day, I wrote a reflection on the Seven Factors of Awakening, which are based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. You can read about these on the main Beliefnet site. I hope this contemplation on awakening […]

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I wrote a prepublication endorsement for Toni Bernhard’s latest book: How to Live Well With Chronic Illness and Pain:  As a psychotherapist treating chronic pain, I wish this book had been written years ago. This is an invaluable guide for […]

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Mindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow! Here is an excerpt from “E is for Effort” We may need to encourage ourselves gently in the direction of practice. Challenges arise. Daily life is complicated and busy; it may seem like […]

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Mindfulness A to Z official release is 2 days away! Here is an excerpt from “N is for Nature” Practicing outside helps to break down the artificial separation we sometimes impose between “practice” and the rest of the world. Rather than […]

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 3 days away! Here is an excerpt from “L is for Loving-kindness” Buddhism retains a very strong tradition of deliberately opening our hearts to others. This practice is called “loving-kindness” or metta in Pali. […]

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 4 days away! Here is an excerpt from “U is for Uncertainty” As uncomfortable as it may seem, uncertainty is the bedrock of our reality—everything is always changing. No matter how hard we may […]

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 5 days away! Here is an excerpt from “F is for Fear” Fear arises from a mistaken apprehension of reality. The Buddha called this mistaken apprehension “ignorance” or “delusion.” We labor under the erroneous […]

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 7 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from “N is for Nirvana” Nirvana is one of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in Buddhism. It literally means “blown out,” as when the flame of a […]

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 8 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from I is for INTENTION: Intention is an important mental factor that accompanies every waking moment. It moves us toward objects of perception and plants the seed of […]

Mindfulness A to Z official release is 9 Days Away! Here is an excerpt from “M is for Mind” There is no one steering this mind. We don’t own the mind and the mind is not who we are, even though […]