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September 14, 2020

Zen Kōans: Learning to Live with Ambiguity and Paradox

How do we explain the unexplainable? It’s a question that’s existed since time immemorial and given rise to legends, myths, and religious practices around the globe. A group of Chinese priests back in the 13th century decided to take this question a step further. They essentially asked: What if we didn’t need an explanation for … Continued

September 4, 2020

What We Can Learn From the Most Prolific Zen Masters?

Today, we often hear the term Zen master used when referring to someone who manages to keep their cool in stressful situations. Historically, however, the term has served as a catch-all for various titles across Zen traditions—including seike, roshi, sensei, osho. It’s an honorable title reserved for those who’ve essentially made a life commitment to … Continued

August 27, 2020

Zen Meditation 101: The History and Principles of Zen

When you hear the word “zen,” what comes to mind?  You’ll likely think of words like peaceful, serene, meditation, and calm.  For others, they might picture a nature scene, garden, or even someone meditating.  But where does “Zen” come from? Zen 101: A Brief History of Zen Although “Zen” is the Japanese word for “meditation,” … Continued

August 7, 2020

Foundations of Mindfulness: Generosity

Part IIII of our Foundations of Mindfulness series is focused on the principle of: Generosity Scientist, writer, meditation teacher, and founder of MBSR Jon Kabat-Zinn used the phrase “the mindful cultivation of generosity” to describe the practice of learning how and why to give, beginning with small steps. In his book Wherever You Go, There … Continued

August 6, 2020

Foundations of Mindfulness: Non-Judgment

Part III of the Foundations of Mindfulness: The Principle of Non-Judgment Did you know that an attitude of non-judgment can help settle your mind? Every day, whether we realize it or not, we judge and label our experiences, other people, and ourselves as good or bad: …This is good, this is bad. …I’ll give this … Continued

August 5, 2020

Foundations of Mindfulness: Beginner’s Mind

Part II of the Foundations of Mindfulness: The Principle of Beginner’s Mind Zen Buddhism teaches a concept of “Shoshin“, as a positive attribute that refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.  Zen Master Shunryu … Continued

August 4, 2020

Foundations of Mindfulness: Self-Awareness

Part I of the Foundations of Mindfulness: The Principle of Self-Awareness There has never been a better time to strengthen your ability to cultivate patience, compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment for others and yourself — all qualities that are foundational for successful mindfulness practice. We’ll be starting our seven-part “Foundations of Mindfulness” series with the principle … Continued

July 14, 2020

Alone vs Lonely: Understanding the Difference Makes All The Difference

If there is one thing that COVID-19 has shown us, it is that human beings have an immense need for connection. Isolation has brought us closer to understanding that the feeling of loneliness and the fact of being alone are two very different things. It is undeniable that humans are social creatures and we need … Continued

June 30, 2020

How Many Hours of Sleep Do I Need Each Day for My Age?

It’s no secret that getting enough sleep is essential for good health, and you’ve probably felt some of the short-term effects of even a single night of sleep deprivation.  Still, many people are skimping on sleep and believe that they can function perfectly fine on four hours a night.  In this article, we’ve debunked a … Continued

June 19, 2020

Calm Parent, Calm Child: A Guide to Mindful Parenting

Calm Parent, Calm Child. A Guide to Mindful Parenting. By Christopher Willard In my work consulting with schools or running mindfulness workshops with parents, I’m asked the same question again and again. “How do I get more mindful kids?” The answer is not always what those caregivers want to hear. The reality is that I … Continued

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