Sitting Like a Mountain

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Dear Still Water Friends, Recently, I traveled to Maine to spend a long weekend with family, including my mother, whose dementia is getting worse. One of Mom’s dementia symptoms is paranoia, which was pronounced during this visit. Aware of our … Continued

Practicing Joy on the Path of Service

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Dear Still Water Friends, Since October I’ve been in many discussions with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers. For years they have been striving to bring reconciliation and peace to the region. Sometimes, listening to them share their dedication, their struggles, and … Continued

Be Peace First, Do Peace Later

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Dear Still Water Friends, “What would Thầy do?” is a question I’ve heard numerous times during online gatherings of mindfulness practitioners concerned about the horrific suffering caused by armed hostilities in Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, and other conflict zones. The … Continued

Looking Both Ways Before We Listen

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Dear Still Water Friends, This Thursday evening, after our meditation period, we will recite together the Five Mindfulness Trainings and focus our Dharma sharing on the fourth training, Loving Speech and Deep Listening. The training invites us to commit to … Continued

On Aging

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There is an enormous amount of discovery that goes on in later life that young people have no idea about. — James Hillman, Jungian psychologist Dear Still Water Friends, I’m now in my early 80s and find myself often thinking … Continued

Silence Calling

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Dear Still Water Friends, I recently hosted two groups of back-to-back house guests over eight days. It was lovely to visit with old friends and to show them around. The visits were lively and busy. Happy to see each other, … Continued