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See How They Run

Share “It’s a whodunit. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” See How They Run is a whodunit film about a real murder on the stage where The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie is being performed. The early death of an American director (Adrien Brody) brings to the scene a laid-back detective (Sam Rockwell) who believes in taking his time on a case, and his rookie assistant (Saoirse Ronan) who jumps easily to conclusions about the killer. It is a lark watching these two interact.\ They make the most of their investigation of potential suspects in...

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Hagitude

Share Sharon Blackie writes beautifully. If she lives as beautifully as she writes — and the anecdotes in this book suggest this is true — I would like to know her. She tells us she just turned 60 while finishing this book and that she’s an aging woman. She coined the title word, “Hagitude,” to refer to an aging woman’s refusal to be silenced or invisible, adding, “The overculture would so like to pretend they’re not there.” “I have no intention of being invisible,” she writes. “But I’m quite prepared to be inconvenient.” Blackie fills these pa...

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Hagitude

Share “The most important venue for traditional storytelling in Ireland was the ‘ceilidh’: nightly visiting among neighbors which was common until relatively recently during the winter months when nights were long and cold, and the demands of the agricultural cycle were fewer. Storytelling was a key component of a ceilidh, along with music, dancing, and singing, and it was sometimes the case that men and women would each hold their own gatherings. At women’s ceilidhs, fairy tale — rather than sagas and hero tales — would be the usual fare, and ...

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Jeffrey Robinson at the lynching tree in Charleston.

Share Jeffery Robinson has been a lawyer for 40 years, including a stint as the ACLU Deputy Legal Director. He was 11 years old when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was murdered in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He recalls marching with his father during the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike and the shooting of a black youth close to his age by police. When he began raising his 13-year-old nephew, he realized he would have to talk with him about racism. And although he had received an excellent education, including Harvard Law School...

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A 12-Minute Meditation to Counteract Resentment with Gratitude

Adobe Stock/ LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS To begin this gratitude practice, I’d like to start by considering one of the biggest obstacles to gratitude: resentment. We can dress up our resentment with a sophisticated storyline about how others—one, or many, or multitudes—are doing us wrong, but what it simply boils down to is being upset because we’re not getting what we want. From time to time, we need to undercut our own perspective and see things from the other side—maybe even from all sides. The world is too complex and multifaceted for us to continua...

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The Grace of the Four Consents

Share "Advent is the season of the God-seeker. . . . May God help us to wake up to ourselves and in doing so, to move from ourselves toward God."— Alfred Delp, Advent of the Heart, Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings It might be said that the spiritual journey is a series of consents, an accumulation of our Yes to God in big and small ways, day after day after day. Our practices, which start out as structures to encourage and assist our softening to Yes, over time become a way of life, a way of being in constant relationship with our Beloved. ...

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Compassionate Boundaries: How to Say No with Heart

Do you have a pattern of saying yes to others, but then feeling resentful later on? Do you believe that you must come to the aid of others and often give to get? You are not alone. Many of us have developed a belief that we must be nice, pleasing, or helpful to the exclusion of our own feelings and needs in order to be worthy of love or appreciation. This belief is, of course, not true and furthermore an impossible goal to meet. When we give to get, we can often end up feeling angry and as a result we don’t create healthy boundaries or compassi...

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What Matters Most and Why

Share “Humility says, 'How can I serve you?' Hubris says, 'Here’s how you fix yourself.' ” (Gregory Boyle, SJ) “Hubris is a hard word. It’s worse than pride. To the ancient Greeks, hubris was a breaching of limits that had been set by the gods and usually brought swift punishment. Icarus tumbled into the sea when he ignored instructions and flew too close to the sun. In the Bible, hubris is pride mingled with cruelty. It’s arrogant contempt for the rights of others. The biblical proverb, ‘pride goes before destruction’ is talking about hubris. ...

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What Matters Most and Why

Share Author Jim Manney knows St. Ignatius of Loyola very well, having written several books about him before this one. We’ve reviewed two of the others in years past. But this one is unique, designed for those who have never before encountered the creator of “the Ignatian way.” What is “the Ignatian way” of spirituality? As Manney mentions in a wide-ranging yet succinct introduction, “Cognitive behavioral therapy, the 12-step movement, the modern study of decision-making, and Christian humanism all have their roots in Ignatian thinking.” Simpl...

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One Thursday Afternoon

Share Barbara DiLorenzo was in the midst of planning other stories when she experienced an actual lockdown during an author visit to an elementary school. "The school librarian quickly locked the door, shut off the lights, and pulled the shades. We huddled in a corner for forty-five minutes, not knowing whether an intruder was in our building," she writes in her Author/Illustrator note. She wondered whether the children were as scared as she was. Even when they learned there was no active threat, "everyone felt the impact of what might have bee...

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A Guided Meditation to Awaken the Flow of Gratitude in Nature

Adobe Stock/ Halfpoint Regardless of where I am experiencing nature—at a local city park, perched up high on mountain tops, or swimming in the sea—I’ve found it is always a good time to pause and be present with the gratitude I feel for our inherent connectedness to nature. Our breath is an anchor that can always bring us home. A few deep breaths, connecting with the space we are in, bring home a knowing that there is no separation between us. We need our Grand Mother, the Earth—her air to fill our lungs, her living things to feed us, her awe t...

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Why We Talk to Ourselves: The Science of Your Internal Monologue

“Know thyself,” was the advice inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. The Tao Te Ching insisted that knowing others is intelligence, while knowing oneself is true wisdom. “To thine own self be true,” Shakespeare urged. Pithy advice. Good advice. Advice that spans centuries and civilizations. But…how exactly do we do that? University of Nevada psychology professor Russell Hurlburt thought a good start was paying attention to the thoughts in our head. Not the eureka! thoughts, necessarily, but the mundane. The “What should I make for dinner...

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Managing Editor

Mindful is a leading provider of corporate training, consumer media, licensed content, directories and other communications pertaining to the topic of mindfulness, around the world. We are a Public Benefit Corporation that exists to improve human well-being through the practices of mindfulness. We are currently hiring a Managing Editor. A natural leader with a knack for compassionate organization and systems, the Managing Editor contributes both to high level strategy development and to the nitty gritty of getting things done. Conversant in min...

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Descendant

Share In 1808 the U.S. Congress made it illegal for Americans to engage in the slave trade and the importation of enslaved people. But in 1860, wealthy slave-owner and human trafficker Timothy Meaher made a bet that he could smuggle captured Africans to Mobile, Alabama, on the ship called the Clotilda. After the Africans were unloaded, the wooden ship which was set on fire and sunk in the Mobile River in an attempt to hide the arrival of more enslaved persons. In1867 after the slaves were emancipated, many of the 110 men, women and children fro...

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Managing Editor

Mindful is a leading provider of corporate training, consumer media, licensed content, directories and other communications pertaining to the topic of mindfulness, around the world. We are a Public Benefit Corporation that exists to improve human well-being through the practices of mindfulness. We are currently hiring a Managing Editor. A natural leader with a knack for compassionate organization and systems, the Managing Editor contributes both to high level strategy development and to the nitty gritty of getting things done. Conversant in min...

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The Death of Sitting Bear

Share Almost Love “You answer the door laughing;It is the laughter of welcome. “You take my hand and lead meAs if my hand were a gift. “You make me think I know you,That I have known you in childhood “And in the winters of war, thatI have lain with you on silver sands “And braided sweetgrass in your hair.I imagine moonlight on your breasts “And green lightning in your eyes.It is almost love, almost a story to tell.”

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The Death of Sitting Bear

Share We do not review many books of poems, but this deserves attention from anyone seeking to live with attention and spiritual practice today. Here one finds an internationally renowned poet and storyteller at his best, showing how words are sacred and how they evoke love, honor losses, and remind us of what matters. The poet, N. Scott Momaday, is no stranger to Spirituality & Practice. We have reviewed books that include his reflections on the power of stories and giving honor to the Earth. In this collection one finds his best poems. Th...

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How Hardship Can Help Us Grow Toward Joy

It’s hard to think about happiness when life delivers us with something undesirable. Emerging research on the science of emotion suggests that when we chase happiness during these moments—where happiness is not an appropriate response—it can even add to our stress and culminate longer periods of despair.  If chasing happiness during times of hardship is this precarious, how can hardship have a relationship with joy? Begin with Presence When we allow ourselves to sit with our emotions as they arise, we sometimes realize feelings like fear, grief...

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Zen & the Ten Oxherding Pictures

Share The ten Zen Buddhist oxherding pictures, with their accompanying prose, come to us from the brush of Kakuan, a Rinzai monk, based on earlier drawings by various Zen teachers. They depict the stages of spiritual progress by gradual purification. Demi has ingeniously taken these teachings and turned them into a joyous exploration for four-to-eight year olds of the quest for Enlightenment. She introduces a little boy named Zen who is out searching for his lost ox, following its tracks and glimpses of its horns and nose. As the boy recaptures...

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Write a Vision Statement

Share "Think of something bigger than you and your own ambitions. Vision isn't about your personal success or achievements. Vision's primary referent should be something that makes the world better. It should also dovetail with something for which you have deep passion and a sense that you can make a contribution to its actualization. "I find a good way to do this is to complete the following sentence:" I imagine a world [or nation, or community] where ____________________________. "You should fill in this sentence three or four ways, put them ...

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