Mindfulness

  • Mindful Consumption? Paid Member

    This week, Magnolia Pictures releases its new movie Food, Inc. in theaters across the US. The film, which follows in the footsteps of recent films like Fast Food Nation, focuses on the shadowy and unchecked food industry that has grown in the US over the past 50 years. But while the film targets the handful of large corporations that control much of what appears on the shelves of grocery stores, it also suggests that our blissful ignorance as consumers who toss frozen chicken breasts and packaged lettuce into our grocery carts, actually makes us complicit in the ugly underbelly of the multi-billion dollar food industry. I was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening of the film which manages to be simultaneously troubling and hopeful as it exposes the history and future of American's food consumption. More »
  • Who's the happiest man in the world? Paid Member

    According to an opinion piece by Daniel Goleman in this morning's New York Times ("Sitting Quietly, Doing Something"), Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is. And the reason is no secret: So how did he get that way? Apparently, the same way you get to Carnegie Hall. Practice. Buddhist meditation practice, that is. According to Goleman, Mingyur Rinpoche is an "Olympic-level meditator," logging more than 10,000 hours on the cushion. Goleman cites neuroscientist Richard Davidson's studies on meditation's effect on the brain to explain why these spiritual athletes are so cheerful. There is a strong correllation, Goleman explains, between committed meditation practice and increased activity in the areas of the brain associated with positive moods: The more lifetime hours of practice, the greater the increases tended to be. More »
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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 »