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Morning Mindfulness Progress Measured in Small Steps

Morning Mindfulness Progress Measured in Small Steps

January is nearly half over and I am happy to report that I am making some progress with this waking earlier in the morning and trying to be mindful about it thing albeit inch by inch. I love the following quote by Wendell Berry, which reassures me that every journey should be measured in small and most likely laborious steps: “And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual…

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Quotes About Wildness

Quotes About Wildness

What does it mean to be wild? In Jack Turner’s collection of passionate wilderness rants, The Abstract Wild, he states, “We can spend a lifetime in parks and wilderness areas and on adventure-travel trips and remain starved for wild country and wild people.” Time in wilderness does not equate wildness. Perhaps wildness is a state of mine or a way of living as Robert Bly so exquisitely states, “True wildness is a love of nature, a delight in silence, a…

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On Being Mindful First Thing in the Morning (Month 1)

On Being Mindful First Thing in the Morning (Month 1)

Thanks to a the whole neighbor dragging his garbage cans out to the road and past my bedroom window at 5am, I am now morning writing. My reward for waking early besides stealing Fritz’s blanket because it is about 55 degrees in the living room is a morning cup of coffee unrushed and delightful not to mention total darkness, peacefulness, and a curled up sleeping puppy who grabbed his squeaky Freddie did a few twirly butts when he saw me…

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My Mindfulness Project

My Mindfulness Project

The Happiness Project didn’t work for me. The very wise Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn once said, “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Happiness surrounds us. I believe the real project is learning to notice it. I’ve spent the last few years overwhelmed with information, desiring to be anywhere than where I am in this moment, walking around in a daze, mindless, unable to focus, and…

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Running Flow, Dreams, and Joy!

Running Flow, Dreams, and Joy!

  I just started reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Essentially the author has done a lot of research on happiness revealing that what makes an experience deeply gratifying is a particular state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people are totally involved in a task that nothing else seems to matter since the activity itself is so enjoyable – think a musician totally lost in song or an artist completely absorbed in a project. “It is by being…

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