The Gift of Silence

Another extraordinary experience this summer was the gift of silence. I went for a nine-day silent retreat (which I have done every year for the last several years). There was no cell phone, email or any other contact with the outer world and minimal eye contact with others on the retreat.  It was a rigorous schedule …

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Mindfulness and Meditation: First steps

A friend recently asked me about living joyfully and the mindfulness tools that can help with that.  She said she was intrigued with the idea but felt intimidated since she had never done any yoga or meditation.  She did not know where to begin the practice of mindfulness and meditation. So here are the first …

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