[A note to the reader: I am not writing to reflect on the details of Sandy Hook but rather how we react to tragedy. I may modify this entry to be more specific in the future but have avoided it due to the acute emotional trauma and the fact that so many are covering the details]
We go about our day, distracted with thoughts, observations, opinions and lists. Suddenly, something shocks us out of it. A bad driver, a missed exit, lightning, news of an environmental disaster. Each one of these things invokes an emotion and pulls us from the minutia and noise of our internal dialogue. That emotion tends to manifest differently between an act of nature versus something done by a human. We tend to become angered when someone Continue reading
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My first introduction to this word was as an aikidoka, training under a teacher who integrated a little more than just the martial art into practice. At the end of a small class, we sat in a circle and chanted simple, monosyllabic sounds while hovering our hands over various regions of our bodies. “Suuuuu..”, “Ohhhhhh…”, “Ahhhhh…”, “Aaaaaaaay…”, “Eeeeeee…” we would all chant together. I am not one to chant in a group, to recite prayers and the like, but I Continue reading
Dr. Kelly McGonigal studies the brain. She is is a senior teacher/consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. This brief talk discusses how mindfulness meditation [most closely related to Vipassana] is a useful tool for those who suffer from pain.