Resilience & Change

Steady, consistent mindfulness practice truly is progressive. It can take the receptive practitioner on a continuous, non-linear journey from a deeply felt connection to the body and the present moment, through emotional peace that facilitates diminished attachments to outcomes, all the way to discovering profound...

A steady mindfulness practice of "Visceral Awareness," "Present Living," and "Emotional Peace" sets the stage for practicing "Diminished Attachments to Outcomes," the fourth of five main areas I'm exploring in this blog series. "Attachment" is a dynamic that I've wrestled with for a few years. Friends...

One of the most pervasive forms of anger is the kind we feel toward ourselves, often clothed as regret. Regret is a close cousin of the oft-debilitating illness known as depression, which affects millions of people across the world. I would describe regret as the mind...

If we're to be honest with ourselves, we don't crave external happiness factors nearly as much as we desire emotional peace; most noticeably, through the quieting of that internal noise-maker known as our tenacious mind. Practicing "Visceral Awareness" and "Present Living," as I've written about previously...

Today, as I continue to reflect upon and write about "Present Living" in this series on progressive mindfulness, I embrace and acknowledge the disappointment that exists for me right now. I'm sure that a blog on "thankfulness" would be much more fun to read! Unfortunately, the...

Among all the things we ostensibly seek in our desire for happiness, I think we're ultimately searching for a "joy of connectedness." We desire a confluence of joyful solitude, community, and love partnership, each of which informs and strengthens the other. Such exhilarating connections do not...

I'm captivated these days by the book Becoming Wise, published in April by the host of the weekly radio program "On Being," Krista Tippett. Tippett's prose comes across just like her interview voice: gentle, thoughtful, patient, loving, listening...

I've been captivated by the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Simple Man" for much of the past year. The singer reflects on his mother sitting him down when he was a boy, and offering pearls of wisdom intended to guide him across his life. Among her words...

I heard at least one person was killed in the tractor trailer accident that shut down a stretch of I-24 just west of Chattanooga yesterday. The family and friends of this unknown motorist found their lives changed forever. The rest of us, stuck in traffic...

The U.S. economy is much stronger, but wages haven't necessarily improved a great deal for a large amount of Americans. In addition, steady work and pay do not always equate to meaningful, satisfying careers. One result of this, apparently, is more and more younger people being...