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“Ohhhhmmmmmm—wait, did I lock my keys in the car?”

I signed up for Deepak Chopra’s 21-day Meditation Challenge. Today is Day 1. I’m not very good at it, unless wondering whether I put soap in the dishwasher and how I can watch the new season of Breaking Bad (since DISH … Continue reading

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Stepping off the treadmill

I am overcommitted. Again. There are some lessons I can’t seem to learn. In my defense, some commitments have grown since I took them on. One 8-hour work commitment has ballooned into 25 – 30 hours. When this happened, instead … Continue reading

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Retreat: to withdraw, especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable

I’m happy to report that I did not fall prey to a serial killer this weekend. But I can’t say that my silent retreat was a complete success. I retreated all right. After a mere 24 hours, I escaped to … Continue reading

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Shhh

I head off to my silent retreat today. It occurs to me that I don’t know much about the retreat center. It’s in the middle of nowhere in Massachusetts and the registration process didn’t leave much of a paper trail. … Continue reading

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A quick succession of busy nothings

After watching (again) the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, I keep thinking about something Fanny Price said: “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” Many of my days seem that way, with every moment bringing a … Continue reading

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Ohhhhmmmm my goodness, watch that football!

Another lovely vacation day, where the boldest thing I did wasn’t really bold at all: I meditated in public. On the beach, legs crossed, eyes closed…no audible chanting. Not really a brave thing, but an authentic moment without regard for … Continue reading

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