Archive for January, 2015


Meditation and Observing the Background Processes of our Minds

Our words, thoughts and deeds are like our hair and skin. They are manifestations of our inner health. We apply conditioner to remedy dry, brittle hair, Clearasil or tea tree oil to acne, blush to a pale complexion. Likewise we apply apologies and remorse to harsh words, we indulge in or avoid our thoughts, and justify or regret (or both) our questionable deeds. At some point, we realize these solutions are too late, and rather than addressing the root cause, we’re playing whack-a-mole with our ailments.

Before attaining any skill in mindfulness meditation, with absolutely no experience or momentum on your side, you can begin to assess the quality of your mind. Even in five minutes – eyes closed, sitting still – you will observe various ongoing processes running in your mind. This is a snapshot of your inner experience which you may not have been aware of.

January 29, 2015 ×

Buddhism, Culture, Mindfulness

A Reflection on Making Changes in the New Year

January brings a barrage of articles about how to keep your new year’s resolutions, and how to effect long-term change. It’s like watching the same train wreck, year after year. January: Goal set. March: Goal, what goal?

I am guilty. ┬áResolutions I have made for the new year are rarely fulfilled – I don’t make them any more – and reading these regurgitated strategies about how to keep resolutions, year after year, remind me of my past failings and make me wonder, do these work for anyone? Yet, not only do I still read these articles when they are picked up by my Feedly, I actively search them out with the hopes that someday, someone will write something new, something with a little more substance.

January 7, 2015 ×