Awakening Our Hearts

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Dear Friends, Long ago, I was struck by a journalist’s account of the Dalai Lama greeting each person he met, from a Hollywood celebrity to a convenience store attendant, with the same warmth and reverence, as if they are an … Continued

Let’s Talk about Anger

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Dear Still Water Friends, Over the years I’ve talked with lots of people about anger and I’ve come to recognize that what people believe anger to be and how they experience anger is very personal. As children we absorb a … Continued

Half-Empty and Half-Full

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Dear Still Water Friends, I visited my younger daughter in Los Angeles in April and we went to a Dharma talk at a Tibetan Buddhist center in her neighborhood. The senior teacher talked about transforming depression. He said that one … Continued

Loving Like a Buddha

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Dear Thay, Dear Still Water Friends, When I happened upon this calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), I began thinking about what it might mean to “love like a Buddha.” Of late, I have been feeling the deep loss of … Continued

Practicing Freedom

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Dear Still Water Friends, Recently, I have been observing some mental habits that emerge when I have a project to complete. The projects can range from maintaining my home and garden, to writing projects, to answering complicated emails, or calling … Continued

Embracing Our Breath

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Dear Still Water Friends, Recently, I feel more tightness and tension, and my breath is sometimes shallow and strained. I know the sources of the tension.” My body is responding to the changes and transitions in my life. I am … Continued

Be Curious, Not Judgmental

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Dear Still Water Friends, In a recent episode of the television series (LINK)Ted Lasso, the main character captured our attention with the words, “Be curious, not judgmental.” Ted used this quote to point out that people who underestimated him his … Continued