Practice Life: Writing Life

Explorations of writing, images, meditation, Chan practice...and some stories.

Mary Oliver and Not Taking Things Too Seriously

Just have to share this lovely bit from a rare O interview of Mary Oliver by Maria Shriver:

Mary Oliver and Not Taking Things Too Seriously

Just have to share this lovely bit from a rare O interview of Mary Oliver by Maria Shriver:

Compassion Calling

We all have something we can do to be of service. All of us. If we listen to the deep silence inside our hearts and minds, we’ll hear something calling us.

Compassion Calling

We all have something we can do to be of service. All of us. If we listen to the deep silence inside our hearts and minds, we’ll hear something calling us.

Océano

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Calm Chicago:

Lovely thoughts and song of the sea.

Originally posted on Reiki es salud, Reiki en Valencia:

Ocean Air Bubble Photograph by Mark Tipple

Ocean Air Bubble
Photograph by Mark Tipple

Despacio. En pausa. Cada cosa que ves es delicada. Cada cosa que ves, tiene un color, un sonido. ¿Qué diferencia lo que tú ves, de lo que yo miro?.

¿Cómo es el azul de tu océano? El mío es limpio, con olor a algas, salado, inmenso, puedo…

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Updated August and September Classes

Updated August and September Classes

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Photo by David Tepper

Download this new awesome and very full, roster of new classes at Calm Chicago. We got meditation, qigong, tai chi, even mindful writing!Sign up today to grab your spot. Class size is limited. Contact me using the form below and I’ll send you the info to sign up using Venmo.   Name(required) Email(required) REGISTER FOR (SELECT FROM DROP DOWN MENU)(required) ZEN & THE ART…

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Client Love

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I just can’t resist sharing this feedback from a recent one hour meditation class at Calm Chicago.

“Hello,
I’d like to everyone know that my first experience with breath in and our for peace/Hillary was wonderful & extremely helpful. Hillary is a very nice, warm & welcoming person that makes you feel comfortable within seconds of speaking with her.
I was able to relax, calm down & let go of a lot…

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Calm Chicago Joins Pilsen Community Market

Calm Chicago Joins Pilsen Community Market

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We’re super excited to announce that Calm Chicago is joining the Pilsen Community Market starting this Sunday. 

We’ll be offering a guided meditation at 11:30 right after yoga and will be available the rest of the day for mini-coachings and registering folks for fall classes in tai chi, qigong, meditation and our wicked awesome 8-week Zen and the Art of Living course.

So come on down and join us…

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Thursday Inspiration, “Never Give Up,” by Diana Nyad

Thursday Inspiration, “Never Give Up,” by Diana Nyad

Hey there all you seekers of meaning, happiness and freedom,

This will be brief. I’ll let Diana Nyad, one of the greatest swimmers and inspirational role models ever , do the talking.

Fun Fact: In high school I was a competitive swimmer. I had a hard core Russian coach, a former Olympian. Her voice came out of her body like she was commanding an army in the midst of the deepest Russian winters.…

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Why I do what I do

Why I do what I do

Tonight was the first night in a new Calm Chicago program, “First Wednesday Meditation.”

One guy came. Very nice. Very stressed. (And aren’t we all.)

As you all know, I have terrific confidence in meditation and love sharing it with others because this shit here – it really works!

I always have folks do a before and after card to describe their experience. It helps me see what works and helps…

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Calm Chicago is Growing!

Calm Chicago is Growing!

We’re so thrilled to announce that we have two new amazing folks joining to help you on your mindful, healing journey.

Please join me in welcoming, Steve and Veronica.

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Steve Remmert

Steve is a doctoral student in counseling at Governors State University.  He is a long time student of meditation and Dharma.  He currently teaches mindfulness meditations for various groups including those…

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Good Friends, Generosity and Community

Imagine it’s the last day of your life. Climb up into your own personal way-back machine and look back now.

Good Friends, Generosity and Community

Imagine it’s the last day of your life. Climb up into your own personal way-back machine and look back now.

First Wednesday De-Stressing Aug 6th

First Wednesday De-Stressing Aug 6th

The first Wednesday of every month, Calm Chicago offers a fun relaxing guided meditation. Hope you can join us!

Before starting on any journey, we have to prepare. How can we possibly prepare for the biggest journey of all, our lives? Well, we can start very simply, with paying attention to the breath as it moves in and out of us. 

By bringing our moment by moment awareness to each breath and…

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Hakuin’s Advice: 3 Actions Lead to Delight in Meditation

Hakuin’s Advice: 3 Actions Lead to Delight in Meditation

People always ask, “So, why should I bother to meditate? It looks awfully boring, just sitting sitting sitting.”

It’s a natural question.

One answer, one of the Buddha’s answers was basically, that we can find delight in meditation.

But if you, like me, are generally a hot mess of worry, desire, impatience, finding delight in sitting still can feel like kind of a tall order. Thankfully, there’s…

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Today’s Poem from, “The Writer’s Almanac”

Today’s Poem from, “The Writer’s Almanac”

In Memoriam

by Leo Dangel

In the early afternoon my mother
was doing the dishes. I climbed
onto the kitchen table, I suppose
to play, and fell asleep there.
I was drowsy and awake, though,
as she lifted me up, carried me
on her arms into the living room,
and placed me on the davenport,
but I pretended to be asleep
the whole time, enjoying the luxury—
was too big for such a privilege
and just…

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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

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Perfection of Generosity

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DANA

The first of the six perfections or paramitas in the Buddhist tradition, is Dana or generosity. It’s considered a primary entry to practice I think largely because the practice of generosity itself is something that absolutely anyone can do.

ASPIRATION

Our daily life offers us endless opportunities to practice generosity. Dana is the first impulse we might have to help others, whether it’s…

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