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Dragonfly and Symbolism

The dragonfly is an amazing creature. As a boy growing up in rural Alabama in the 1960’s I and my friends were avid insect collectors. Butterflies, like zebra swallowtails and giant swallowtails, and moths like Luna moths and Prometheus moths … Continue reading

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Dragonfly On My Shoulder

On the first day of the retreat, the universe tapped me on the shoulder. Walking meditation is a lot like yoga in that it is a way to connect mind and body. This is the first foundation of mindfulness. I … Continue reading

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Emotion Felt in the Body

Our conference, Transforming Health Care Through Compassion held on October 25th, was a big hit. We had about 80 participants, not too bad for a first time event with a less than effective marketing plan. Should I be surprised? Compassion … Continue reading

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Healing Goddess

Pamela Wible is my hero. A family physician in Eugene, Oregon, she had grown despondent about the practice of medicine which dehumanized both her and her patients. After ten years on the treadmill, I was tired of being rude to … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Wislawa Szymborska is my favorite poet. I first heard her work many years ago on an NPR segment in which Mark Strand, then poet laureate of the United States described her as the greatest living poet. Shortly before she had … Continue reading

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Contemplative Studies Conference

The Mind and Life Institute which puts on the annual Dalai Lama Mind and Life conferences such as that which was held in DC in 2005 and written about in The Minds Own PhysicianNew Harbinger 2011 is sponsoring this meeting … Continue reading

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Orthogonal Shifts

or·thog·o·nal adj \ȯr-ˈthä-gə-nəl\ 1a : intersecting or lying at right angles 1b : having perpendicular slopes or tangents at the point of intersection <;orthogonal curves>; Miriam-Webster Online Dictionary accessed 27 March 2012 http://www.m-w.com In his comprehensive work Coming to Our … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and Leadership

The hyper-polarized world of the US Congress seems an unlikely place to encounter a calm and mindful presence, but Congressman Tim Ryan (D) Ohio is demonstrating unusual clarity amid the chatter. His new book “A Mindful Nation” will be released … Continue reading

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Science and Mindfulness

What flows through your mind sculpts your brain. Thus, you can use your mind to change your brain for the better—which will benefit your whole being, and every other person whose life you touch. Hanson, Rick (2009-11-01). Buddha’s Brain: The … Continue reading

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More From the Vortex

Max Heller 1919-2012 “But we do not have the experience the loss of our sight or hearing, or any other sensorium, to accord attention to it. It is the invitation of mindfulness to meet our senses at the point of … Continue reading

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