“The Earth God Has Given” – Blessings as Mindfulness and Gratitude

The practice of saying blessings is very ancient in Judaism. In this Talmudic text, the sage Rabbi Levi gives a beautiful explanation and meaning for the practice: Rabbi Levi raised a contradiction between two texts in the Psalms: On the one hand, it is written: “The earth and all it contains belongs to the Eternal”Continue reading ““The Earth God Has Given” – Blessings as Mindfulness and Gratitude”

Starting the Day Off Right

This morning, when I first opened my eyes, I looked at the time and said “Aw, sh*t….” Those were the actual first words I uttered today. Granted, it had been a particularly rough night. I had gone to bed late, and had been up once with the dog, once with a kid, and once withContinue reading “Starting the Day Off Right”

From Human Doing to Human Being: A Yom Kippur Sermon About Mindfulness

I’d like to introduce you to the philosophical treatise that has most influenced my life: Calvin & Hobbes. You may laugh, but anyone who’s ever read Calvin & Hobbes knows that it addresses serious questions about existence and values and meaning…all through the eyes of the world’s most precocious 6-year-old and his imaginary tiger friend.Continue reading “From Human Doing to Human Being: A Yom Kippur Sermon About Mindfulness”

The Mindfulness Lizard

Don’t move, lizard. I want to capture you just like that. I had just finished a run on a hot morning during my recent visit to New Orleans. Standing there, dripping sweat outside my parents’ Uptown home, I spotted a lizard on a fence post. As any New Orleanian knows, a lizard on a fenceContinue reading “The Mindfulness Lizard”

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