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Zen Moments

Quick Look Zen has been setting up a tent in America for forty years or so, giving it plenty of time to trickle down into pop culture. Lately, seems people use the term “Zen” to mean everything from “spacing out,” … Continue reading

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Discipline

Quick Look “Discipline” – both the notion and the word – has acquired a negative, almost judgmental hasn’t it? (Something I have to do, but don’t want to do.) If so, throw it out! Trust your distastes! (Of course, you may … Continue reading

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Spacing Out

Quick Look The mental state I enter when I am “off task,” without any particular focused activity going on. If caught, a friend will kid me (“Anybody home?”) or a boss will corner me (“Your phone’s ringing; have you gone … Continue reading

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Practicing Listening 101

Okay, I’ll tell you ahead of time: This one is not easy. You will not take to it naturally. Just get ready to take in someone’s hurt, not shielding yourself, not trying to fix anything, letting it kill you. What … Continue reading

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Echoes on Zen

One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples. … Continue reading

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Practicing Zen

Tonight, after dinner, allow yourself to become fully absorbed in the sounds of scraping clean a dinner plate. At bedtime, notice all the smells and sensations you have while brushing your teeth. Tomorrow, pay close attention to any memory that … Continue reading

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