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Playing mindfulness

She sits quietly, reverently. Almost solemnly. She picks up the mallet to invite the bell to ring. As she gently strikes the bell, I giggle. Out of the blue. I am tickled by the thought that we are playing mindfulness. Our playground is the Sangha, and sitting...

Thanksgiving with Paul

Have you ever met Paul Bussell? I hadn’t. I had never even heard of him. Till Thanksgiving 2012. in 2009 I moved from the Netherlands to Austin. I had never celebrated Thanksgiving and wanted to start a tradition. I bought a vegan turkey, sweet potatoes,...

Trying to be inspirational

Our heater doesn’t work. It is 33°F outside, it storms and rains, and our heater decided to quit. Fortunately, we can go up the attic, and repair it. You can do that with heaters. It made me think. You can do that with people too. But you can only force...

Tonglen

I am not making enough money. I struggle paying the bills. I panic. What if I never create enough income? What if I end up on the street and die? I try to reassure myself. “Well, well, calm down. It’s not that bad. You’ll earn enough to survive. You have...