Author: Matthew

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Drowning in the Future

Most of our lives are spent holding our breath. We are submerged underwater, swimming for the surface. We grasp and pull towards the sunlight but never seem to get any closer. Recycled oxygen cycles...

What Mental Illness Can Teach Us About Mental Health

Thoughts are a mirage on the hot pavement of reality: the closer we look, the more illusory they are revealed to be.  Pleasant thoughts seduce us into believing their authenticity.  Anxious thoughts appear real...

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Why I Love Being Wrong

I love being Wrong.  More precisely, I love the freedom that comes with allowing myself to be Wrong.  Most people want to be Right all of the time; they are terrified that one of...

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Top 5 Dangers of Mindfulness

5.         Balancing Benjamins: Capitalism is undoubtedly a strong economic model.  Unfortunately, the philosophy of capitalism has a tendency to spill over the borders of the economic world into the rest of our lives....

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Life in Death

The light changed from red to green above my broken body.  I could still hear the tinkling of ice on the trees but all the sounds in the foreground were cast in a preternatural...

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Down the Rabbit Hole

I placed my Zafu (meditation cushion) on the floor and sat facing the wall. I set the timer on my phone for twenty-five minutes and took my seat. I relaxed my gaze and focused my attention on my breathing.

In, out, in, out. The gentle rhythm of my breathing lapped against the shore of my mind like small waves born from a quiet ocean. I sat on the shore and looked out across the water as a seagull lazily circled before settling down to bob peacefully on the tide.

“Matt!”

I whipped around to see a Buddhist monk running down the shore towards me, his saffron robes billowing behind him…

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When Mindfulness Meets Life

From the chair of my desk it can be all too easy to make life seem like a paper tiger when viewed through the lens of mindfulness practice.  However, what happens when the real...

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Mindful Sitting

To assemble a chair we look to the instructions rather than to an esoteric discourse on its qualities once fully assembled.  With this in mind I would like to provide a detailed explanation of...

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What Are You Talking About?

“What are you talking about?”

Not an unreasonable question.

“You want me to sit, stare at a wall, and breathe? And for how long???”

Also, a valid question.

One of my favorite reactions to the practice of mindfulness was related to me by a friend. He told me the story of going to a mindfulness workshop facilitated by a famous teacher. He arrived in the conference room and found his seat at a round table with about ten other mental health professionals. After a few minutes the facilitator walked in carrying a bowl of raisins…

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Benefits?

This blog presents a challenge for me: in a way, I have to sell mindfulness practice to the reader knowing full well that mindfulness has no monetary value.  In fact, I ended my last...