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Can You Be Mindful When You’re Sick?

Can You Be Mindful When You’re Sick?

Being mindful is the absolute last thing I want to be when I have the flu. I want popsicles, crappy TV, symptom dulling over the counter meds, and pretty much anything else that can distract me from my feverish aching bones stupor. Forget being in the present moment, I want to be in next week where this flu is history. When I get sick, the first thing I do is beat myself up for being sick. How did I let…

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The Present Mountain

The Present Mountain

What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods? ~Henry David Thoreau I tell my trail companion this morning that I’m going to need some sort of reward if I’m going to accomplish the goal I’ve set for myself this morning, two laps up this mountain. She stops, looks at me, and says, “Isn’t simply being out on this mountain the reward?” Funny how I am actually in the place that I…

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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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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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