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A Mindfulness Practice for Sitting in Our Emotions with New Awareness

teacher wisdom Aug 13, 2020
 
Teacher wisdom from Sharzon Salzberg:

Mindfulness is a great tool of meditation.

It helps us create more awareness. One such way to increase your awareness is to look for the add-on's. Start to ask yourself: Whatever is happening in the moment, what am I adding on to it?

Projection into an unchanging future is going to be dire. It's bad enough that we are dealing with whatever challenge is in...

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A Bedtime Fairy Tale

commusings Aug 09, 2020

I am putting my daughter, Micah, to sleep and she asks me, “Daddy, if you could have one wish, what would it be?”

Considering tonight is my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, I am inclined to tell her that my wish would be for her to put herself to sleep, but that seems cruel, so I demur. If there is one parental pastime that I dread and will miss in profound and equal measure, it is...

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Why Love Can Never Be Taken from You

teacher wisdom Aug 06, 2020
 
Teacher wisdom from Sharzon Salzberg:

Love is not just a feeling; it's an ability.

Thinking love is only an emotion creates love as something we place in someone else's hands to give or take from us. And that creates the perception within us that we will be bereft when love is taken away - or we are somehow incomplete unless we receive love from someone else.  Yet according to Sharon...

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Canary in a Coal Mine Pt. 1

podcast Aug 06, 2020

In 1911, John Scott Haldane had the idea to bring canaries into coal mines to prevent miners dying from odorless carbon monoxide: A sick canary was an early warning to evacuate. In this episode, we go back to the beginning of Colin Kaepernick's public protest against police brutality and the missed opportunity that moment represented for a civil, productive public debate.

 


In 1911, John...

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From the Archive: The Nature of Reality with Deepak Chopra

podcast Aug 06, 2020

Is reality real? Deepak Chopra has dedicated his life to the scientific and spiritual exploration of what is. In this episode, Jeff and Deepak talk about how everything we consider real—from your next thought to the most distant star—is simply a modified form of yourself. When you understand that you are the universe, you begin to access the infinite possibilities within.

 

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From the Archive: Why Forgive?

podcast Aug 06, 2020

Is forgiveness a gift you give... yourself? Dr. Robert Enright, founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, shares facts that will shift your perspective, and hear one incredible woman tell her true story of forgiving the unforgivable.


Welcome to Commune, a global wellness community and online course platform featuring some of the world’s greatest teachers. We’re on a...

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Town Hall

commusings Aug 02, 2020

This week, I am forsaking the typical format of this letter while I mine my childhood for more embarrassing personal anecdotes to share. Fear not, it’s my 25th wedding anniversary this Wednesday and I will more than compensate for any lack of mawkish prose in next week’s missive. That being said, you will not be completely spared my loquacity.

No doubt some of you may be wondering...

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How to be Plastic-Free with Kate Nelson

podcast Jul 29, 2020

While in college at a party, Kate Nelson looked around at the sea of Red Solo cups half-filled with beer and thought that there must be another option. In the decade since, Kate (aka the Plastic-Free Mermaid) has been single-use plastic free and has helped thousands of people use reduce the plastic in their lives.


Kate: Hello. I'm Kate. I'm Plastic Free Mermaid. I'm a mermaid...

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Walking Among the Divine

commusings Jul 26, 2020

I am hiking the canyon loop, hunting ideas. I am edgy as I set off due to a constant ominous rustling in the brush along the path. Lizards darting, rabbits bounding, thrashers thrashing, rattlers slithering, imaginaries lurking. Nature welcomes home a long-lost cousin, wresting me from thought into the precarious present. 

This experience, man walking through the wood alone, senses...

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Navigating Post-Truth

commusings Jul 20, 2020

On November 22, 1963, Arthur and Adeline sink into their divan to digest their chicken salad sandwiches. Per their post-lunch ritual, they flip on their guilty pleasure, As the World Turns. Just minutes into the program, the soap opera is interrupted by a news flash concerning an incident in Dallas, Texas with the Presidential motorcade. The episode continues only to be suspended again just...

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