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Mindful Monday: When a sensation is just a sensation

Mindful Monday: When a sensation is just a sensation

awareness, body, Buddhism, mind, mindfulness
Conditioning doesn’t just hijack the mind, it hijacks the body as well. What is the body’s experience of pain or cravings without the mind? Could such a thing even be possible? When something happens that we believe is “the body,” we look to the body. Perhaps looking to the mind might be more illuminating. - Cheri Huber What are you noticing about how the mind affects the body's experiences? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "reflecting minds," Jaume Escofet, 2013.
Kentucky Fried Chicken Little

Kentucky Fried Chicken Little

"Life" Issues, activism, body, citizenship, civics, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, constitution, critical judgment, culture, Essay, health insurance, Healthcare, Ideology, Obamacare, progressive politics, Rationality, Secularity, social justice, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Trumpcare
Now that -- thanks partly to Republican intransigence about "repeal and replace" -- ACA / Obamacare (which, remember, are the same thing) is in the news again, and, especially when confronted with the Republican alternatives, people have gotten to know and to fall in love with Obamacare all over again, I thought it might be useful to post this column from a couple of years ago about the "mechanics" of Obamacare. Had the Republican repeal effort succeeded, I believe we would have had one more instance of Joni Mitchell's perennial question:  "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?" In case you think the story of Chicken Little’s cry “The sky is falling!” is something from a fable, you should know that a cognate form of this fable has been acted out i
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Biology, body, Creator
  I read a BBC article yesterday that says artists have brains structurally different from people who are non-artists. Apparently artists have more gray matter in the areas of fine motor movement and visual imagery. I can't help but think of this as the kind of gift only God could give us. And Scripture agrees: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."--Psalms 138:24 (NIV) If you don't believe the brain is a work of art, just ponder that gorgeous image above.