Mindfulness

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    Creativity and Consciousness in New Mexico Paid Member

    In Taos, New Mexico, a new non-profit educational institute offers workshops that combine creative expression with human consciousness. The Creativity and Consciousness Institute (CCI), founded by Tricycle contributor, author, and Zen practitioner Sean Murphy, seeks to promote problem solving through its courses, encouraging participants to bring creative thinking and consciousness to current and future global crises. The Institute, in tandem with the University of New Mexico-Taos, will offer workshops in everything from social sciences and creative arts, to mindfulness practices and environmental/ecological preservation. Designed for artists, activists, and those seeking spirituality, CCI workshops draw on the rich culture of Taos, incorporating local arts and science practices into class themes. More »
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    Daily Dharma, July 16th, 2009 - Attention to Breathing Paid Member

    Traditionally, in the meditation instructions handed down from the Buddha, attention to breathing is understood as part of the overall practice of mindfulness of body. Sit here and feel the body breathing in (however short or long the breath, let it be that way) and breathing out (don't try to make the breath deeper or longer, just let it be however it is). Gaylon Ferguson, Natural Wakefulness (Shambhala Publications) Sign up for the Daily Dharma or Tricycle Community Newsletter More »
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    How to BE HERE NOW? Paid Member

    I was moved by a line in an otherwise shallow, mainstream blockbuster film that I watched last eve (the title shall rename nameless to protect the insipid and homogeneous). “Just close your eyes and let the water carry you.” It’s a phrase not uncommon to our anxiety-ridden, multitasking, future-planning selves, though it’s advice we often don’t really own, even as we try to practice mindfulness and being-present-in-the-moment. Still, the advice stands to serve us well. Many of us seem to be constantly plotting our next move- or, as the case seems to be in New York City, all of our moves several weeks out, when we might, instead, be focusing our efforts on the here and now. More »
  • More on mindfulness & Buddhism Paid Member

    A few days back I blogged about a Washington Post article that discussed mindfulness's uses in dealing with diseases like cancer ("It's mindfulness but is it Buddhism? Does it matter?"). Given the number of comments and a few mentions on other blogs (our friend the Rev. Danny Fisher's, to name one), I invited B. Alan Wallace to comment. More »