Posts tagged Meditation
Beyond Mindfulness

I thought to write a follow up to Craig Hase, and I's essay on "Is Secular Mindfulness for the Better?" In it, we covered some of the complexities we have both had to face as Buddhist and meditation teachers in a rapidly evolving field. We both received a lot of great feedback on that piece. Based on a suggestion from one reader, I would like to talk about some possible directions for people who have benefitted from mindfulness meditation and are looking for some next steps. I am writing this one solo, so any views expressed here do not necessarily represent my previous co-writer, Craig Hase.

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Is Secular Mindfulness for the Better?

Mindfulness has hit the big time. It's in schools, it's in hospitals, it's even at Google and Facebook and General Motors. Many of our friends are delighted by this development. Others are dismayed and disturbed. We are two teachers who sometimes share the dharma in contexts that are more explicitly Buddhist, and sometimes share meditation instructions in secular environments—and as such, we find ourselves straddling an awkward space in between. 

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Joy as a Radical Act

It seems that joy is in high demand and short supply these days. At the intersections of increasing cost of living, less free time, and an abundance of social and political upheaval, it's not a surprise that many of us are looking for more skillful ways to deal with life's stresses and find more joy. 

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