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Do you smell that, too? I think we need to talk..

I have an astute sense of smell. In fact, I usually smell things that others don’t want to. If there’s a festering thought in the air, or feeling left unspoken, chances are I’ll smell it and the scent will nag at me until I find the source. Like many of us, admittedly, I’m way better

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How I ended up living in a spiritual community

Some moments move in fast forward. You blink, and it’s gone. Some moments move more like car accidents, and time seems to stop. When I smashed my roommate’s vase, it was one of those slow moments. A shift in the being Things had started changing a year prior, when I discovered meditation. A friend told

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How to use mindfulness when you can’t sleep

Suddenly I was wide awake. With dread, I looked over at the clock on the nightstand, hoping I wouldn’t see what I knew I would…1:30 a.m.! I’d been asleep for less than three hours, and if this night was like all the nights of the past six months, it meant I was awake for the

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Planning a short meditation retreat? Why balance matters

What we learned from people coming here to do meditation retreats People often come here for a few days or a week to do a meditation retreat in a cabin. Over time, we heard many of them say how they struggled to simply meditate all day, suddenly. And it’s not surprising. Often, retreatants book meditation

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Too busy to eat healthily or cook for yourself?

Cooking for yourself seems like a lot of energy out sometimes. I mean, a meal’s over just like that, and then you’re back at the sink, washing up. Personally, I get way more motivated cooking for a group. I might not be your average person, mind you, because I did live at a retreat center

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