Tag: Noticing

Mindful Monday: Stop, Drop, and Text

Mindful Monday: Stop, Drop, and Text

Buddhism, contemplation, mindfulness, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I just received an email from Living Compassion, a program associated with the Zen Monastery Peace Center in Murphys, CA. The email offers the opportunity to commit to a six-week text-based class in which we text a trained facilitator three times a day about our “process” in that moment. What is a process text? “It includes three components: identifying (1) the process you are looking at, (2) what you are seeing about that process, and (3) where you want to go next.” That is, morning, afternoon, and evening, you Stop, Drop, and Text: “Stop (what you are doing), Drop (into the moment and notice), and send a Text to your facilitator” about it, comprised of 50 words or fewer. Not yet clear? Here’s an example provided by Living Compassion: “I am noticing how the voices are commenting on what

Mindful Monday – A Signifier

Haiku, Photography, Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What are you noticing today? Notice your season of life, the season around you, and the season of others around you. How can you strengthen one another? ... For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to...

Mindful Monday – A Ticket to Write

Haiku, Photography, Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What are you noticing today? ... “We sleepwalk through most of our lives ... and ... every once in a while something happens ... outside ourselves that forces us to pay attention in a new way [....] And we suddenly realize that the world is so much richer, and more magnificent, and more wonderful than we had felt for a long time.” ― Scott Russell Sanders ... Sometimes we lose words or our ability to describe what we are noticing. I learned a few new tricks this weekend. Make a writer's kit! A box containing, in this case, tickets with words taped on it, vocabulary cards from studying for the SAT, Italian vocabulary cards, books with favorite words circled, journals with word lists in them. WORDS!! Using other people's words gets us out of our own bubble of words and using new vocabulary in