Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
At the root of things
The concept behind meditation is to train your mind to decrease its restlessness and its tendency to generate many, often negative, thoughts. Just as aerobic exercise strengthens your heart, meditation is an exercise to strengthen your mind's focus. Training involves concentration, relaxation and task-specific exercises.
An untrained mind's attention tends to be superficial, often disengaged, and focused on the negative. Such attention increases stress and decreases efficiency and joy in life.
Training your mind allows you to deepen your attention, focus on the present moment and appreciate your situation, rather than worrying about the past or future.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Friday, September 18, 2009
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
- Comfort Me with Apples
- The Tents of Wickedness
- The Blood of the Lamb and many other novels.
- Jitterbug Perfume
- Fierce Invalids Home from Warm Climes
- Fluke or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
- The Island of Sequined Love Nun
- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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