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The Magic Numbers of Nature

Here is a 1 minute meditation (it starts with three bells and ends with one). To do this, you can sit, stand, or lie down. You can do it on the subway or in the parking lot before you get out of your car. Soon I’ll post 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, and…

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The Solution to Fear

A wise man once told me “The solution to fear is more risk, not less.” Don’t be distracted by the paraphernalia of meditation (this cushion, that bell, a specific period of time, complete quiet, etc.)  This is our ego stepping in to run the show.  But it’s the practice itself, not the particulars, that matters.…

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The Cloud of Unknowing

In the late 1300’s, an unknown monk wrote a guide to contemplative prayer that makes it sound a lot like Buddhist meditation. It has a beautiful name: The Cloud of Unknowing. The idea is that the only way to truly know God is to abandon all preconceived ideas and beliefs and be courageous enough to…

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In the Buff

Sometimes it feels like there’s a terrible secret beneath our clothes — they act as our armor, disguise, costume. But in the most important ways our bodies are alike, young and old, black and white, male and female — our brains think and our hearts feel and our skins tell us when someone is touching…

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If You Have Time to Work…

I met Cadillac in the park this morning.  He was using a rope to exercise in a way that created a beautiful wave.  He said “if you have time to work and party, you have time to work out.”  I agree — and would add that if you have time to work and work out,…