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Little Prayers for Everyday Life

Share Difficult News God, when sad thing happen,you are sad, too. You understand. Thank you, God,for always hearing us. Help us to be kind and peaceful, always. We light a candle to remind usof your love for all.

Break Up Your Work Day with Purposeful Pauses

In a culture that increasingly asks you to move faster and do more to be effective, the idea that what you actually need to do is stop seems counterintuitive. Now, I don’t mean to stop for the sake of stopping. What I am talking about is the need to train yourself to take a pause (I call them purposeful pauses). When you begin to routinely take a few moments to intentionally stop, you can begin to notice when you are living your life on autopilot. And, you can begin to notice when you are, in fact, not bringing your best self to those things in...

The Book Keepers

Share “Try to keep in mind that grieving has no predictable stages or particular timetable. Grief has many different expressions as there are people who grieve. We all share some common and universal experiences, yet each of us moves through grief in our own way and in our own time.”— Claire B. Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuels in Opening to Grief Carol Wall’s memoir Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart was published in 2014 and was named a Top 10 of the Year by AARP and USA Tod...

A Library

Share Nikki Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated poet, professor, activist, and author, named by Oprah Winfrey as one of her 25 living legends. She was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award and has received the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. The latest of Giovanni's many illustrated children's books, A Library, recounts her weekly visits as a child to the segregated Carnegie Library near her home. It celebrates a library's power to open the imagination, develop the intellect, strengthen the heart, and expand children's wo...

Madre

Share “My madness is to love and serve the poorest people — who are the wealth of God. When somebody knocks, I open, and that’s it. “Here, if you are not a little crazy, you can’t do anything. The crazy are not afraid. “I ask the Lord that one day there will be no child without a home and a family, no child without food, no child without a way to be trained and go to school and get ready to live in this world. This world is very hard to live in unless you have all that. “Love one another, the saying goes. But I say to you: Rub on one another. T...

Madre

Share This self-published book deserves a wide audience, as does its subject. Madre tells the largely unknown story of one extraordinary woman, Sister Maria Rosa Leggol (1926-2020), “the Mother Teresa of Honduras.” Kathy Martin O’Neil first traveled to Honduras on a church “mission trip” in 2008, imagining that that visit would be her only one. Instead, she fell in love with the people, saw the enormous needs that were there, and committed to doing more than simply raising her consciousness. She wanted to be a part of real change in people’s li...

A 12-Minute Meditation to Nurture a Felt Sense of Gratitude

wavebreak3/Adobe Stock In this practice, we will be connecting ideas and thoughts with bodily sensations. I’ll walk you through all of it. Follow along and do what works for you. Choose a posture that’s comfortable for you: standing, sitting, or lying down. If you want to close your eyes, you can. Know that at any point, if you feel uncomfortable, you can always open them. If you are standing, sometimes closing your eyes can make you a little wobbly, so you can open them, adjust, and close them again. Before we begin, take a nice big inhale. So...

Mastering the Art of Resilience - 2022

Share Life is difficult, that much we know. We can speculate on whether it is more difficult now than last year, the previous century, or in ancient times. No matter what the epoch, if we are to manage life’s difficulties there is perhaps no more important human endeavor than to develop resilience. This e-course encourages you to do just that. Resilience — the capacity to cope with and rebound from adversity — is a skill that can be mastered no matter how old you are, no matter what your circumstances. Like any skill, it takes knowledge and pra...

Thomas Merton, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the Protection of All Beings

Share They were very different in circumstance, Ferlinghetti living a poet’s life in the city and Merton behind a monastic wall of separation from the world. But they shared many interests, qualities, and acquaintances. For one, they were both raised in France. For another, they both used the writing of poems to express and exercise their spirituality. There is also a third character central to this story: James Laughlin, the founder and publisher of New Directions. Merton was a poet published by Laughlin before he became a monk. Then his 1948 ...

Thomas Merton, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and the Protection of All Beings

Share “In late November [1961], Ferlinghetti wrote a personal letter to Merton as a friend, apologizing for not being in touch with him over the past month or two. He continued to fear that Merton would be in trouble with his Superiors for contributing to a 'beatnik' magazine. He also apologized that many of the poets hadn’t wanted to commit themselves to anything that might have the appearance of being too political. Ten years later he would expand on those thoughts in his poem, 'Populist Manifesto,' which begins with the lines: “ 'Poets, come...

Meditation Lunch And Learn – What You Need To Know


Our meditation Lunch-And-Learns are the perfect combination of science and wisdom, specially designed for your workplace.  In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know.  Our meditation Lunch And Learns are one-hour sessions in which you and your team will learn and practice meditation. The ease and convenience of a Lunch And Learn makes this the perfect beginning for a corporate meditation program. Here’s what happens in our Lunch And Learns:  It all begins with an overview of meditation. We will discuss what meditation is, and why...

The Story of Gaia

Share “Prana, the Sanskrit word for breath, is also the word for the life force deemed by the Vedic sages of ancient India to permeate all reality. In describing the beginning of our Universe … as the moment of an ongoing Big Breath, I reflect this perception of the whole world as a vital outbreath of Brahman, the creative impulse of cosmic mind. “All Gaia’s organic children breathe. Inherited from their deep past, most archaea and many bacteria continue to use primordial means to do so. Plants breathe carbon dioxide, fish breathe oxygen dissol...

Guided Meditation: Notice How Sadness, Loneliness, and Anger Show Up in Your Body

When we’re caught in the throes of an emotion like sadness, loneliness, or anger, shifting our awareness into our body allows us to experience the ever-changing nature of these strong and often unpleasant emotions. This practice will help you get used to the feeling of paying attention to difficult emotions in the body with curiosity and without judgment. Sit comfortably with your eyes either closed or slightly open, however you feel most at ease. You can begin this practice by bringing to mind a difficult or troubling thought or situation. Som...

The Doorway Into Liberation

teaching Oct 13, 2022 So what am I? We think we know, but we really don't. That not-knowing is the doorway into our liberation. When we walk through that doorway of not-knowing, we let go of the concept, we let go of the belief, we let go of the idea. We ask, “What is it?” If we can let go of what we think we know, then it’s possible to see what’s actually going on. But as long as we hold on to our belief and hold on to our story, we will miss the truth. So it is that doorway of not-knowing that opens up the world to us. By Zen Master Bon Soeng

Awake and Alive

Share “[Merton was] really alive! I wouldn’t want to say exuberant, that would be too strong, but always 'up.' You really never experienced him as being down about something or negative. Always very positive, always very present to life, very present to the moment. Always seeing the humor of the present moment and also the pathos of it, and always very, very conscious and very alive to the place, to what he’s doing and so on. “He was a scholar and a poet by temperament, yet one never really ran into him when he was preoccupied by other things. ...

Awake and Alive

Share For those unfamiliar with the work of Jon M. Sweeney or Thomas Merton, this book may serve as an appetizer for a larger meal to come. Seasoned readers of Sweeney or Merton may find this more like dessert. For all of us, this should challenge our biases when we think we’ve already figured someone out. People — even those we know well — still have much to reveal. Sweeney is a regular contributor in these pages, and a winner of several of "Best Spiritual Books" awards over the years, including last year for Feed the Wolf. Writings by and abo...

A Mindful Guide to Navigating Difficult Emotions

In winter 2021, in the middle of the COVID pandemic, my husband felt a pain in his chest while at work that sent him to the hospital in an ambulance. I drove immediately to join him in the emergency room, only to discover that I wasn’t allowed to even enter the building. My husband’s health issue, compounded with COVID restrictions, led me to a period of anxiety unlike any I’d ever felt. (Thankfully, he recovered and is healthy.) Since then, I’ve experienced intense bouts of emotion—from sadness and anger to fear and grief—due to reasons both p...

Running Can Teach Us A Lot About Courage, Resilience, and Mindfulness

One step at a time… This one. This one. This one. Another one. One more? Yes, I can do one more. This one, too. This is how I overcame the hardest inclines of a recent trail race through the beautiful mountains around Los Angeles, my adopted home. The run was filled with substantial climbs, one of which was over three miles long. I’ve been running since my mid-20s— when it was mostly jogging around my neighborhood in order to be outside and to get some exercise. But over the last few years, I’ve ventured into running marathons and most recently...

Cat Daddies

David Giovanni and Lucky

Share We’ve never understood why love of cats is so often associated with women, a.k.a. “crazy cat ladies.” Maybe it’s because women used to be the ones staying at home all the time with the cats. But in our house, the cats relate to both of us, and we are equally crazy about them. If you have any doubt that men can be cat lovers, this debut documentary by Mye Hoang will give you plenty of evidence to prove they are. Filmed during the early months of the pandemic, when pets provided desperately needed companionship, Cat Daddies focuses on nine ...

Mindfulness Resources by and for the LGBTQ+ Community

Everyone should be able to unapologetically live their truth and feel safe doing so. As we all strive to make the world a more inclusive, loving place, we can take steps to ensure that future comes sooner rather than later.⁠ This list is a non-exhaustive collection of resources, teachers, and organizations that offer mindfulness training and support by and for LGBTQ+ folks. This is a list we hope to continuously develop so if you know of an organization or person who should be on this list, please reach out to us on social media or at [email pr...

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