Tag Archives: Meditation

Silence

I have meditated since the early 1970’s. So when I went to sit the other day and I went truly into the Silence, I was surprised to realize that lately there have only been brief moments of it. The meditation … Continue reading

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Spiritual Practice in Daily Life

For a spiritual practice to be substantial it must be more than reading ‘holy books’ or even praying, chanting or meditating. These may be necessary but unless we take the underlying values and perspectives that come from such teachings and … Continue reading

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Eyes Open & Shut- In Meditation & Life

From the Zen tradition, I learned to meditate leaving my eyes cracked open a little. Most other practices seem to be done with closed eyes. The Zen approach makes sense when you understand meditation as a practice in being fully … Continue reading

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God or Principle?

When I pray with people, I usually ask whom or what do they pray to; is It God, the Universe, Higher Power, Principle, Spirit or whatever? Actually the Prayer Chaplaincy training says to use your own terms, not the other’s. … Continue reading

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Prayer Revisited

This spring I volunteered to become a prayer chaplain at Unity San Francisco. A year ago, I could not have imagined it. Meditation was the center of my spiritual practice, and prayer was something I did not really understand. Wanting … Continue reading

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Compassion

In writing about meditation and mindfulness, my emphasis has been on experiencing things as they truly are. Meditation provides the space to become aware of the many ways our thoughts and feelings can distort our perceptions. Consciousness creates the opportunity … Continue reading

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Time Off Through Time On

I am lost in writing when Cheerios puts her front paws and head in my lap. My initial irritation at the interruption is quickly followed by awareness of her need for attention, and then the pressure in my bladder I … Continue reading

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Meandering Thoughts on Choices and Being Present

I was away for a busy week at the American Group Psychotherapy Conference in New Orleans. It was a busy week with not enough sleep, and early morning events. Yet each morning at least once during the 8 minute walk … Continue reading

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Silence & Noise

Lately my head has been filled with more noise than usual. In meditation the noise is more intrusive.  Awakening from sleep at 2AM, it rushes in –‘Did I pay that bill in time or just think I did?’ ‘Which hotel … Continue reading

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Meditation as Practice in Being Present

Meditation is a practice of a way of being fully present in the world. In our ordinary lives we get caught up in events, thoughts, emotions, and reactions to both internal and external stimuli. In meditation, the ‘doing’ is just … Continue reading

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