Building a Raft

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Dear Still Water Friends, At the end of June I flew to San Diego to spend a week in a beach house with my family–my brothers, their families, and my stepmother’s large family. There were 35 of us under one … Continued

Consumption Is Not True Happiness

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Dear Still Water Friends, The Fifth Mindfulness Training, Nourishment and Healing, urges us to consume mindfully, to cultivate “good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society.” In The Mindfulness Survival Kit, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) … Continued

The Gift of Acceptance

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Dear Still Water Friends, Recently, I was talking with a friend who was discouraged and depressed about her life. She’s felt trapped in a difficult dynamic with coworkers. Over the years, I’ve listened with frustrated helplessness as she repeated stories … Continued

Our Impermanent Selves

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Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. —  Thich Nhat Hanh Dear Still Water Friends, The Buddhist concept of no self can feel like an intimidating idea to grapple with. Even as … Continued

Letting Go of Blame

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Dear Still Water Friends, There is a paragraph in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace is Every Step I keep coming back to. It is like a biblical parable. I keep understanding it in new ways. When you plant lettuce, if it … Continued