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I Got Soul

After skidding on a patch of ice in the winter of 2016, I totaled my Cobalt. That week, I purchased a 2012 Kia Soul for $8,000. It was...

Self Love

“You could search the whole world over and never find anyone as deserving of your love as yourself.” -Buddha Sharon Salzberg, a respected...

The Shikoku Pilgrimage

He told me he was a hit man for the yakuza. Said he had served six years in the pen. Then he found Jesus. He waved the Bible in one hand,...

Humility

How much knowledge can a man acquire in a lifetime? If he could read every book written- an impossibility- his knowledge would still be...

Channel Islands

The Pacific Ocean is a magical place where I would often lose myself. The sea was where leviathans and tentacled monsters lurked. On a...

Dispatches from Quarantine

It started with a sore throat. Didn't think much about it. I was vaccinated. I thought I was coming down with a mild cold until I lost...

Humming

Nitric oxide (NO) is a signaling molecule. NO is made by many types of cells throughout the body. Nitric oxide is naturally released in...

Mindful Moments

I was holed up in a capsule hotel nursing an injury. The pain in my right knee was unbearable. It felt like pieces of glass cutting the...

On Diet

My father’s health was deteriorating. He was crippled by Type 2 diabetes. He walked with a cane. Two toes on one of his feet had been...

Job Crafting

Job crafting is a proactive approach to redesigning what we do at work and how we do it (Berg et al., 2007). Job crafting is a mindset...

The price we pay

"I don't have time." This is the most common excuse I hear from beginners struggling to establish and maintain a meditation practice. I...

Incremental Gains

There are many benefits to meditation: Enhanced cognitive functioning Improved memory Improved attention Reduced stress and anxiety...

Teaching What Matters

In my 19 years of education, I was never explicitly taught how to maintain equanimity; but I did learn that an equilateral triangle was...

The 50/50 Project

2021. A new year. In December, I will turn 50. To celebrate the gift of 50 years of life, I started the 50/50 Project. The aim is to...

The 'Aha!' Moment

Sit to meditate long enough and you'll soon notice the mind has wandered. This is common. It is at this point a teacher will instruct...

This Precious Moment

This precious moment is all there is. Along comes another and another and another. Let's take partial inventory of what we have in this...