Practice Life: Writing Life

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

A Poem Reminds Us that it’s All Practice

Thank God for The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.

Arriving in my email box every morning
like clockwork.
Making each new thought
feel like a poem in its
own right.

I become more aware
of the subtle rhythms
of every day language
the way poetry makes my
prefrontal cortex feel like it’s purring.

But I know this doesn’t make me a poet, but sometimes I like to pretend and do it anyway. I know…

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We know now that not only does meditation change the brain and produce positive affective changes…

The world is in a special place right now, precarious and delicate. Some of these troubles, in terms of climate change are a direct result of human activity which has negatively impacted our blue jewel, our mother earth. This can happen because maybe we feel separate from nature, as if we were somehow outside of nature. As Einstein so beautifully put it, this is not the case at all:

” A human…

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The Whole of Nature in its Beauty

Albert Einstein: ” A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space.

The Whole of Nature in its Beauty

Albert Einstein: ” A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space.

8 Weeks to Happiness Course

Be like the lotus flower, no matter how challenging is the environment, it spread its fragrance and non of mud water can attach on the leaves.

Good afternoon, friends,

I hope that where ever you are, you’re having a great weekend. The sun is out and the air feels so fresh here. Love, love, love fall!

In the event that you may be feeling a tad stressed…consider bringing this into awareness:

When you feel the business of life taking over, try to remember that even a momentary pause allowing ourselves to check into the breath and body…

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Lunar Eclipse for Unity and Peace

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Tomorrow morning very,very early, (hear my best Elmer Fudd voice) before sunrise, we’ll experience one of the great wonders of being alive, a total eclipse of the moon – and it’s going to be really full and wicked RED! (Okay Pink Floyd fans, I hear you. Sing it with me….)

Anyway, one of the amazing aspects of the phenomenon, is that the red fiery glow ringing the moon at…

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Four Ways to Practice for Peace

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1. Make time for practice. We all want things to be fabulous right now. And who can blame us?! But that can make us a wee bit impatient. Or we want things to be great now, which causes us to push away all that is perceived to be or feels unpleasant.

Think of meditation time as the time you take your medicine. I’m guessing here, but you probably wouldn’t think of going to the doctor, getting a…

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There is No Path

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This from the research portion of Brené Brown’s book, “Daring Greatly.”

Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.

Traveller, there is no path, the path must be forged as you walk

(Antonio Machado)

For all us travelers along the way out there…nothing to do but keep on walking.

No need to fear.

We forge ourselves as we go.

No need to fear.

Think, speak, and act

the best we can

with…

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Workshop: Setting Better Boundaries!

Boundary setting is one of those skills that SHOULD have been taught in college. The ability to set healthy and positive boundaries can improve your romantic and social relationships, your career and even your connection with your family.

Workshop: Setting Better Boundaries!

Boundary setting is one of those skills that SHOULD have been taught in college. The ability to set healthy and positive boundaries can improve your romantic and social relationships, your career and even your connection with your family.

Carpe Pacem

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I love how students and clients are always asking questions that show me where I need to clarify something. It’s so easy for any of us to be just, so inside our own heads isn’t it? I love it when this happens: then I am the student and they are the teacher.

So, a new client contacted my and she comes from an Orthodox Jewish background. I was raised Jewish too, though in a more relaxed mode.…

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Carpe Pacem

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I love how students and clients are always asking questions that show me where I need to clarify something. It’s so easy for any of us to be just, so inside our own heads isn’t it? I love it when this happens: then I am the student and they are the teacher.

So, a new client contacted my and she comes from an Orthodox Jewish background. I was raised Jewish too, though in a more relaxed mode.…

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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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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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