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Birthday of Mark Twain


Share America's famous literary icon Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemons on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. His family moved four years later to the nearby town of Hannibal, a growing port city on the Mississippi and a stop for steamboats making their way from St. Louis and New Orleans. Twain discovered a love of writing when he went to work for his brother Orion's newspaper at age 13, after their father died of pneumonia. At 17, he took a printer's job in St. Louis, where he became a river pilot's apprentice, then got his ...

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How to Make Mindfulness Part of Your Family Routine

When Kara-Lee’s oldest nephews were really young, they enjoyed practicing mindful movement, eating, listening, and gratitude practices with her. She thought they had outgrown it forever as they got older and they stopped. Now that they are both in their early 20’s, they have regular practices of their own. This is a reminder to all of us that we are planting seeds that can grow and can last over time. Whether you are sharing mindfulness practices with kids at school, like we do at Space Between, in after-school programs, or at home, these pract...

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Mai and the Missing Melon

Share Author Sonoko Sakai has worked as a recipe developer, producer, creative director, cooking teacher, lecturer, and grain activist. She moved with her parents from Tokyo to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, where one of her first memories was getting to eat an entire half cantaloupe at a diner. It seemed like a huge splurge, because in Japan melons "are scarce and expensive, often sold in velvet-lined wooden boxes, like jewelry!" No wonder, then, that when her story's main character, Mai, wakes up one morning and smells the fragrance of a mus...

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Loving Our Own Bones

Share “When I first came into disability community, when I first began building the politics and relationships that would anchor me through the decades, it felt crucial to root my own identity in that bold refusal of healing and cure. I was emboldened by the example of Deaf activists, who fight for the recognition and protection of signing-Deaf cultures, even as technology and treatment offer increasing entry into the hearing world. My experience, of course, was not the same. I tried therapies and remedies, but everything cost more than it gain...

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Loving Our Own Bones

Share This book is an extended reflection on disability, its politics, and how disability and spirituality intersect. Belser — a rabbi, scholar, and activist for disability justice — is sane, wise, and witty. She begins: “After synagogue one day, a visitor popped the question. 'What’s wrong with you?' she asked, as her eyes flicked from my face to my wheels.” Belser answered, “I have a disability,” but then she wants to change how you hear that word. Disability is too often defined as a medical situation, and when that happens, the story of som...

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Birthday of Louisa May Alcott


Share Writer Louisa May Alcott was born on this day in 1832. She was taught by her father, a Unitarian minister until 1848. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were friends of the family. Alcott worked as a domestic servant and teacher to help pay the bills at home. During the Civil War, she served as a nurse. In 1862 she adopted a pen name and a few of her dramas were produced on Boston stages. But Little Women (1869 - 1870) was the key to her financial independence and enabled her to publish more novels and short stories including Lit...

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Kindness: The Passport to a Happy World

Artwork by: Avishi Gurnani, age 12Written by: Siddhant Raj Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea what kind of effort goes into the simple act of peeling a potato. As a class, my friends and I prepared khichdi (a dish in the Indian cuisine) with the help of our teachers and support staff. We distributed it to low-income communities near our school. When I was given potatoes to peel for the khichdi, I didn’t know how to do it right, because I had never peeled one before. I had only seen my mother, my grandma, and house help doing it. But once I su...

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Honoring Sojourner Truth


Share Isabella "Bell" Baumfree, later known as Sojourner Truth, was born into slavery around 1797 in Swartekill, New York. Her memoirs, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, describe her challenges during enslavement to five masters in succession before she escaped to freedom in 1826, carrying her infant daughter Sophia. Following a revelation in 1843 in which she heard God calling her to go into the countryside "testifying the hope that was in her," Sojourner Truth wrote and spoke out fearlessly on behalf of civil and human rights. She offered pra...

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Thanksgiving


Share A Teaching Story about Gratitude from The Wisdom of Islam: An Introduction to the Living Experience of Islamic Belief and Practice by Robert Frager "God is the ultimate source of all life and all good that comes to us. Think about all you have to be grateful for — your life, your loved ones, the roof over your head, your health, and so on. "My Sufi master used to teach that the best way to express gratitude for a gift is to use it well. For example, if someone were to give you an automobile, it would be extremely ungrateful to let that ca...

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Shaking Off Shame

Share Reflection Do you remember a time when you were made to believe that your body was bad, or that you were bad? Where did this belief come from?How does this belief show up in your life?How does this belief feel in your body?Has there ever been a time when you’ve felt liberated in your spirituality and in your body at the same time? What does that look like to you? Invitation If you have struggled under the toxic belief of body-shaming ideologies, write down the lies of negative self-talk that replay in your head. Once you have it down on p...

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Your Heart Was Made for This

Share “We don’t practice devotion to get something in return. We practice it for its own sake, as a complete offering of our heart. Singing my son to sleep in my arms, lowering him gently into a warm bath, even wiping his bottom — done wholeheartedly these acts express full devotion. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi recounts how Dogen, the founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, made a devotional act of fetching water from the river, taking only half a dipper and returning the rest 'without throwing it away…. When we feel the beauty of the river, we in...

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Your Heart Was Made for This

Share There are many books about meditation and the importance of contemplative practices, but few that manage to remain contemplative-centered while drawing timely applications. That’s what Oren Jay Sofer’s book does so well. A quote from the Buddha is at the top: “Irrigators channel water, fletchers shape arrows, carpenters fashion wood, the wise train themselves.” Sofer proves to be a wise guide himself, through both the waters of Buddhist meditation practice and following those currents into and through modern life. He shows with reflection...

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Spiritual Quotation

Share The world and our bodies are constantly changing. It is a natural law: the law of impermanence. Everything changes. Why would the experience of suffering be any different? —Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief

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Resting in Awareness

Share This particular meditation is designed for those times when you feel you need to settle into the present moment and reconnect with some degree of balance and perspective in the midst of turmoil or difficulty…. You can use this practice at home or at work, or on a bus or sitting in a park…. It helps to remember that in this, as in any and every moment, you can assume or reestablish a posture that intrinsically embodies dignity, wakefulness, and ease, whether sitting, lying down, standing, or walking. Let’s begin by dropping in on the prese...

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More than Words

Share In this book, award-winning Canadian illustrator and author Roz MacLean celebrates the myriad of ways we express ourselves, through the lens of a child named Nathan who "doesn't say much" but "has a lot on his mind." The other children at Nathan's school show the many ways to say something: out loud, by facial expression, in writing, in Braille, in sign language, by using Point-and-Press, by singing, building, art, and much more. MacLean's words are enthusiastic and encouraging; for instance: "You might want to show yourspark, style, and ...

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Birthday of Isaac Bashevis Singer


Share "Genuine literature informs while it entertains. It manages to be both clear and profound. It has the magical power of merging causality with purpose, doubt with faith, the passions of the flesh with the yearnings of the soul. It is unique and general, national and universal, realistic and mystical." Today our lives are filled with the chatter of news reports, gossip, jokes, anecdotes — but we still long for stories that speak to our deepest dreams and dreads, literature which as defined by Isaac Bashevis Singer in the quote above "inform...

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A Simple Immediacy: Desert Wisdom for Advent - 2023

Share The Desert Fathers and Mothers of the fourth and fifth centuries are arguably the first Wisdom School in Christian history. At first in trickles and then in waves, they fled into the deserts of Egypt and Syria to escape the increasing imperialization of the Christian Church and to live in a simple immediacy with the Risen Christ. In the process, they generated an extraordinary body of practical teachings on the spiritual practices underlying this life of deeper awareness and mystical union. These desert pioneers were men and women of few ...

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The Miracle of Breath - 2023

Share We are like beggars sitting on a great treasure of which we are unaware. Every day we take some 23,000 breaths, most of which pass unnoticed. Yet doctors tell us that proper breathing is the key to healing and preventing many diseases. Psychologists say the breath can help us calm agitated thoughts and emotions. Spiritual teachers, both Eastern and Western, tell us that attending to, and working with, the breath can be the catalyst for spiritual transformation. It helps us to return to the here and now, develop one-pointed attention, and ...

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Birthday of Corita Kent


Share If you are unfamiliar with Sister Corita Kent, you are in for a treat! Her website offers this biographical sketch: "Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became...

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The Holdovers

Share Sadness and loneliness are common experiences, especially during the holidays. We may have experienced a loss during the year or the death of a relative, a dear friend, or an animal companion. We may have had a breakup of a relationship, been forced to change jobs or retire, been a victim of a natural disaster, or had a health crisis. The holidays punctuate the year and remind us of everything that has happened before them. In The Book of Awakening, Mark Nepo writes of a Tibetan myth that encourages people to welcome and embrace sadness a...

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About TAO of Light

Yoga is a practice for everyone because it meets you exactly where you are in the present moment. From beginner students to advanced yogis and everything in between, Tao of Light Yoga welcomes everybody at all levels of their journey. There is a place for everyone inside our studio and it is our goal to make each and every student feel at home. It is your time on your mat that is important to us. We, at Tao of Light, will create a space that provides modern comfort for an ancient practice. As both a yoga studio and a sangha, we honor the tradition of the practice while respecting the diversity and individual beliefs of our students.

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