Balance

Spirals and (the) Rest

I want to write about the balance, and the equilibrium, and the delicate grace of the sun, the tensegrity, the tension of the body that moves with soft integrity, and the soreness of my...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Eighteen (Harper)

Reuben, Reuben Michael S. Harper My selection this week is the powerful Michael S. Harper poem, "Reuben, Reuben," from the collection Images of Kin, which came out in 1977 and was nominated for a National Book Award.  It has...

Don’t Quarrel by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

DON’T QUARREL Who do you argue with? The Practice: Don’t quarrel. Why? It’s one thing to stick up for yourself and others. But it’s a different matter to get caught up in wrangles, contentiousness, squabbles . . . in...

Be Helpful by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

BE HELPFUL What can I do? The Practice: Be helpful. Why? I’m doing a series on my personal top five practices (all tied for first place), and have so far named three:meditate (including mindfulness, self-awareness, and, if you like, prayer), take...

Just One Thing by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

Are some things getting better? The Practice: See progress. Why? There are always things that are getting worse. For example, over the past year, you probably know someone who has become unemployed or ill or both, and there’s...

It’s an Effort…

    I call it as "An Effort" because everything nowadays is an effort. Working is an effort, sleeping peacefully is an effort, writing is an effort, smiling is an effort in fact breathing is an...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Ten

NOTE: This content is from my blog, Bareback Alchemy. If links here aren't working, please try there: http://melissastuddard.blogspot.com/2012/05/mnemosyne-weekly-poem-ten.html W. B. Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree Photo by Kenneth Allen This week, thanks to the recommendation of Robert...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twelve

Pablo Neruda Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon XII From: Cien sonetos de amor Translated by A. S. Kline Neruda is my favorite poet, and this is one of my favorite poems by him. His gift for transformation...

The Art of Noticing

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.” ---Joseph Campbell Our multi-tasking/sound bite/microwave/remote-control culture encourages Noise instead of Noticing; Entertainment, not Engagement.  We have instant everything, from messages...