Remembering Martin

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Dear Still Water Friends, When I reflect this week on Martin Luther King, Jr’s life, my thoughts dwell on his moral courage. In his mid-twenties, he fully committed himself to the eradication of segregation, racism, and injustice, despite the dangers … Continued

Little Needs and Deeper Needs

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Dear Still Water Friends, A month ago, I heard someone quote D.H. Lawrence about “little needs and deeper needs.” Although I caught only part of the excerpt, I was intrigued by Lawrence’s appraisal of Western culture: that we are cut … Continued

Learning to Let Go

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Dear Still Water Friends, This Thursday evening (and Sunday evening in Columbia), we will have our Dharma sharing with Br. Michael Nguyen (Chan Phap Uyen) on the theme of Learning to Let Go. In preparation for our evening, I asked … Continued

Being There For Myself

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Dear Still Water Friends, This Thursday evening, after our meditation period, Still Water practitioner Carlos Munoz will lead us in a "healing the inner child" guided visualization and Dharma sharing. Carlos is an artist who was born in Colombia, grew … Continued

Mindful Holiday Survival Kit

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Dear Still Water Friends, As we head into the holiday season, making holiday plans can evoke both excitement and dread. While it can be wonderful to spend time with our families, we also may fear that certain familiar communication patterns … Continued

Let Us Begin Anew

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Dear Still Water Friends, Years ago, when I was exploring mindfulness practice, one of the implicit messages that drew me in was that transformation is always possible. We can change our lives, no matter what has come before. Yes, it … Continued

Too Busy To Be Mindful?

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Dear Still Water Friends, Recently, busyness has been on my mind. Partly because it seems this past month I have allowed things to stack up and I have more things on my “to do” list than I usually do: projects, … Continued

Going on Pilgrimage

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Dear Still Water Friends, Can we hold our life as a pilgrimage of not knowing? Can we live a moment—much less each day—without filtering our experience through our conceptions and convictions so we do not miss the freshness of the … Continued

Practicing True Love

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Dear Still Water Friends, This Thursday evening, after our meditation, we will recite together the Five Mindfulness Trainings and focus our sharing on the Third Training, True Love. The Five Mindfulness Trainings were offered to lay practitioners during the time … Continued