CATALYST

Topic: Mindfulness

Walking with John: A walk, a talk, a dance, a book

Things that nourish the soul. I’ve been reading Michael Pollan’s essential Cooked (2013: Penguin), while I take mass transit to and from work. Mass transit, as in I transit my mass …

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The Soul of Food: Reconciliation

This spring would have been my 10-year anniversary of abstaining from meat. At about 12 years old, I gave up meat for Lent after seeing a classic PETA video. My fast from meat last …

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How to Be Happy

I am always on time for my life. Say this to yourself any time you feel stressed or anxious. Then say it any other time you can. Say it repeatedly in sets of 100. Reinforce that th …

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Yoga: Why Practice Mindfulness?

A diagnosis of cancer and the experience of equanimity, then gratitude. Last July, I had the good fortune to sit an 18-day meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Ma …

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Metaphors for the Month: November 2016

Intuitive patterns for November 2016. Osho Zen Tarot: Fighting, Existence Medicine Cards: Blank Shield, Fox Mayan Oracle: Organic Balance, Ben, New Myth Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Pri …

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Slightly Off Center: Utah Fringes

In journalistic jargon “30” means the end. That’s what Utah highway 30 is; it’s probably the last place you’d pick to explore in Utah but you should. Everybody brags on Highway 12 …

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The Aquarium Age: Apr. 6-12

It’s an anything goes week, so don’t be surprised if your week is colored by surprising plot twists catalyzed by out-of-the-blue bolts of lightning. Uranus, the astro-symbol for th …

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The Mindful Vacation

Halfway into our silent seven-day mindfulness retreat my husband and I had a whopping argument. At least in my mind. One-sided fights are a challenge when you can’t talk. Howard an …

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To Be a “Life-ist”

What gives life is always unique to the moment. —by Carl Rabke Many years ago, my first meditation teacher was giving a talk at a bookstore and he said, “Truly, I consider myself l …

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Preparing Your Inner Self to Wed

In the midst of a Buddhist meditation retreat, in the summer of 2001, Carl asked me to marry him. With eyes and heart aglow, I said yes. It was so “us,” to get engaged at a Buddhis …

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