Category Archives: General

Peripheral topics related to the understanding and exploration of joy

Enlightenment as letting go

I’ve always struggled with the term ‘enlightenment’. For some reason, the idea of an individual as ‘enlightened’ has held for me a distinct tinge of superiority and speaks to a sense of a goal achieved, both of which leave me … Continue reading

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Equanimity – what a wonderful place!

As I work to deepen my understanding and practice of meditation, I am delighting in increasing my experience of equanimity. Equanimity is defined by Shinzen Young as the ability to allow sensory experience to come and go without push and pull. … Continue reading

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Gratitude is good for you!

Increasingly science suggests that gratitude is good for us. Research by Robert Emmons indicates that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don’t. Continue reading

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Grateful to whom?

When I experience gratitude, to whom do I give thanks? Gratitude as a discipline, a lens, a way of being, a state complete in and of itself, a choice. Continue reading

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Buying human

It strikes me that both obesity and the constant need to buy new things can, in some part, be traced back to the lack of connection and meaning that is so often the mark of mass consumerism. We crave more food, more clothes, more everything, because we live with a sense that our appetites are never quite satisfied.

So this is by way of a salute to that small but growing band of entrepreneurs who understand that passion, meaning, friendship, connection – all those qualities that define the best of what it is to be human – can also be good business. Continue reading

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