Many Paths to Mindfulness

While focusing on the breath is the most commonly taught form of mindfulness practice today, there are a number of ways we can develop a mindfulness practice. In fact, there are countless ways to develop mindfulness. It’s just that breath meditation tends to be the one that is easiest to understand and learn for beginners. Other practices will generally only work on smaller groups of people or take a bit

May 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Three Thoughts for Happiness

The Korean Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim has become something of a popular sensation. His book, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down (Penguin 2012), has become a global hit. After just a few years, the book had been translated into countless languages and sold millions of copies around the world. His advice draws from Buddhist wisdom, but distills it into small, approachable bites. Every section is written

May 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

What to Expect from a Meditation Retreat

Today, Facebook informed me that four years ago I was just finishing up leading a small meditation retreat here in Montana. I had been teaching mindfulness with two groups in Helena and the retreat drew together a number of friends and students for a weekend at a lodge on Flathead Lake. If you have been meditating for a while, you might have heard about retreats and considered going on one.

May 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

Wealth, Happiness, and Manifesting – a Cautionary Note

One of the most popular self-help ideas out there is known as manifesting. A recent book on the topic is Roxie Nafousi's Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life (2022), an international bestseller since its publication earlier this year. Previous books on the topic you will likely have heard of are Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006) and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937). Each book offers techniques aimed at harnessing the power of our

May 18th, 2022|Uncategorized|

On Wealth and Happiness – Musings in Missoula, MT

Recently, I wrote about some studies on wealth and happiness that came out around 20 years ago. In the work I had read during my undergraduate studies in philosophy, Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment (2004) by Martin Seligman, studies showed that earning more money is only beneficial to our happiness to a certain extent. Once we reach a living wage, where

May 16th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Parenting in the Age of Big Data

My father once told me that the greatest accomplishment of his life was his three children. At the time, it sounded nice. Maybe it was the equivalent of saying that he was proud of us. Dads do that. He does that a lot. Or maybe, on a sadder note, it pointed to all of the things he had given up when he had kids. My dad was a talented painter

May 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|
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