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Seeing Our Shadow

One of the definitions of Enlightenment that I appreciate is Carl Jung’s, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious” We all have parts of ourselves that we don’t want to acknowledge, … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street

“Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing? We must be aware of the real problems of the world. Then, with mindfulness, we will know what to do and … Continue reading

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Tribute to Charlotte Joko Beck 1917-2011

Charlotte Joko Beck, one of the great pioneers of American Zen died on June 15, 2011 at the age of 94. She passed peacefully with her family. Joko began Zen practice at the age of 40. She described herself as … Continue reading

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Thoughts of Murder

I was watching tv news the other day about Libya before the US got involved and the thought entered my mind, “Someone should assassinate Quaddafi.” I was a little surprised at the violence of the thought. Could that be my … Continue reading

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The following is a letter from Anne Thomas, currently living in Japan. Other essays she has written about being in Sendai, Japan post disaster are printed in Ode Magazine, an online publication which can be found at Sent: Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Earthquake and Tsunami devastates Japan

The photos and videos from Japan following the earthquake and tsunami are heart rending. Whole villages washed away. I look out my window at my own backyard and imagine, “A neighborhood like my own.” What is it to suddenly be … Continue reading

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Mindfulness to Manage Stress

Mindfulness to Manage Stress Managing our stress is very important, first of all for our own mental and physical health, but also for the well-being of all those around us.  When we are stressed we give out negative energy.  When … Continue reading

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Hospice Training at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood NJ

A personal experience of the training program offered at Valley Hospital Hospice for Doulas for the End of Life. The training includes preparation for each trainee’s imagined death and elicits memories of the death’s of the trainee’s own loved ones. It prepares the volunteer to be with dying and to provide the support the family will need. Continue reading

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