Practice Life: Writing Life

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

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“All of us are miraculous beings, with unimaginable potential for learning, growing, healing and transformation across the life span.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn
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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. 

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Interdependence day: we are all connected

Good Attitudes for Meditating

Bhante Gunaratana is one of the worlds great teachers of meditation. He’s written some of the best books on the subject. Here below are brief highlights of his guidelines for the right attitudes for successful meditation practice. I present them here because it’s so easy to go off the rails, especially if you don’t have a good teacher nearby:

Remember when sitting:
1. Don’t expect anything
2.…

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3 Ways Tai Chi Makes You Feel Good

3 Ways Tai Chi Makes You Feel Good

1. Moving slowly feels good. It’s like the opposite of all the rushing around we normally do all day.

2. It signals your brain to chill out and relax

3. It’s makes it easy to adapt to changes in every day life.

OKAY, I lied…here’s some more reasons…

4. It makes allergy season in Chicago a little less intense

5. It boosts your immunity

6. It just fun and relaxing darn it!

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La Villita Community Garden 2014

La Villita Community Garden 2014

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Finding my Father and the FBI ~ A Father’s Day Tale by Patricia Ann McNair

Awesome, wicked awesome Father’s Day essay by the very Mighty Patricia McNair. Read it. You can thank Chicago Literati for publishing later.

Finding my Father and the FBI ~ A Father’s Day Tale by Patricia Ann McNair

Awesome, wicked awesome Father’s Day essay by the very Mighty Patricia McNair. Read it. You can thank Chicago Literati for publishing later.

Why Wait?

We often, quite sadly, I think, put off for later, those things which we would most love to do right now. Those things which bring joy into our hearts and into the hearts of others. We say that our work must by necessity consist in doings things for which we feel no love. We say, drudgery is just part of the deal. Put your nose to the grindstone. And we do it with all kinds of things, large and…

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One Thing Tai Chi Practice is Not

One Thing Tai Chi Practice is Not

Calm Chicago:

This has always been one of the most popular posts here, so here it is again. We all need to gifts tai chi has to give. You might think of it as a sort of Chinese yoga…offering gifts of peace for the heart and mind and health and gentleness for the body.

Originally posted on Calm Chicago:

Tai chi (or taiji) is not something you can learn by thinking about it or by doing some complex…

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Mindful Hero’s Journey Class

Mindful Hero’s Journey Class

Calm Chicago:

Our next Intro class is on June 23rd. Join us for an evening that will leave you feeling calm, happy and strong.

Originally posted on Calm Chicago:

Mindful Hero’s Journey Class

“What Are Your Ruby Slippers?” is a guided mind/ body/ art exploration of our life journeys – helping you find the way to more love, family, connection, heart, wisdom etc. In the “Wizard of Oz,” the ruby…

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Mindful Hero’s Journey Class

Mindful Hero’s Journey Class. Next class June 23rd! Limited to just five spots. Grab yours now!

Mindful Hero’s Journey Class

Mindful Hero’s Journey Class. Next class June 23rd! Limited to just five spots. Grab yours now!

KPIs and Mindfulness

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Why We Are Creating a NPO Dedicated to Ending Corporate Misery

At the Very Lengthy Meeting

by Kevin McCaffrey

At the very lengthy meeting
I actually felt my soul leave my body
and rush toward the ceiling—
and fly around the walls and flare
toward daylight, toward the windows—
to throw silently its impetuous emptiness
against the glass in vain.
It could not go anywhere, the clear moth.

Then it lay on the rug, not exhausted
but bored and so inert that it almost—
though nothing—
took on a hue, stained with all the breaths
and words and thoughts that filled the room:
the yellow-green color of old teeth.

"At the Very Lengthy Meeting" by Kevin McCaffrey from Laughing Cult. © Four Winds Press, 2014. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

From today’s Writer’s Almanac with gratitude

What would the world look like if we didn’t add anything to it or take anything away?