Archive for August, 2009

August 31

Mindfulness

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Drawing by Alexi Berry
Drawing by Alexi Berry
Some of you are aware I am working on a book for addiction recovery, combining current knowledge in the field with my experience as an addiction counselor for the last 17 years or so. One of the chapter is on mindfulness, and I am including the very short chapter here. As an aside, I will soon be selling the workbook I wrote with a colleague on this site, and submitting it for consideration for publishing again. Once it is ready for sale, I’ll post it here. Thanks for bearing with me through …

August 25

Acceptance

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There are several reasons I am putting this quote here. First, I think it is a wonderfully insightful quote, and, with all due respect to the Buddha or any other spiritual leader, I don’t think anyone could have said it any better. The quote directly relates to the second noble truth of Buddhism: Desire / Craving is the root of all suffering.

Second, I am currently inundated with work teaching, am waiting for some art work for my most recent blog, and still want to post something at least three times a month. So I apologize if you find this lazy, and I hope to add more original material soon.

The paragraphs that follow are from the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book. It was originally published …

August 18

A Few Muddled Words About Connection

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I haven’t had much time to write lately. Or maybe with the new semester approaching, I’ve just been relaxing preparing for a very busy schedule. But I don’t want to neglect this site, so I’m going to write a little on spirituality and being in the moment.

The past week or two or so, I’ve been around a few spiritual people. Or maybe I’m just more focused on the spiritual in people lately, I’m not sure. But either way, here are a few of my thoughts.

When thinking of what to write next, I bounced around a few ideas in my head. Recently a former client of mine …

August 8

Honesty and Infidelity

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A few months ago I wrote a review of “I Love You Man” and related it to dishonesty. At the time, I had caught several students cheating on an exam, and I wondered aloud (or in print) about what leads people to be dishonest. Now I want to revisit this topic, but adding in infidelity.

I think it might be important to define infidelity at this juncture, as I was once involved with a woman who believed having coffee with a woman without her knowledge (in other words hiding it) was cheating. Although this point has …

August 1

Zen Ironing

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In my review of some of the books I’ve found meaningful I mentioned Zen 24/7 by Sudo. I’m pretty sure he may have addressed Zen ironing, but having not read it in years; I’m going to offer my slant.

Although it may seem so, this blog isn’t about ironing. First, let me say I have been ironing since I was 18. I’m not particularly good at it, but I can make my clothes at least look presentable. A few days ago I was ironing a shirt I had never ironed before. While ironing it, …