Practice Possibility: Get Curious

  If you're anything like me, you move through the routine moments of your day with the (largely unconscious) idea to get to the next thing. What if we approached more things as ritual rather than routine? This would require we get curious about everything. That...

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Just This: Creativity

  KNOWN I own a print of the above image by Antonio Benjamin (best. title. ever. — Lots of Black People). I got it from Creativity Explored, an organization that provide artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art around...

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Just This: Citizen(s)

  KNOWN Claudine Rankine's book Citizen: An American Lyric is a profound meditation on race. Her form (poetry that investigates like essay interspersed with striking images/typeset) is as incredible as her content (scenes and dialogue from her life that evoke the...

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Practice Possibility: Belong

A stand of aspen trees is actually one large organism where the roots are a single life force. From a standing position, imagine all the people and beings in your life as a field of aspen trees. Locating yourself among this field, sense your feet rooted into the earth...

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Just This: Every Atom

SEEN My very talented friend, Felicia Megginson, produced the self–portrait above — a meditation on the natural world and her place in it. This photo and her series remind us how few creative explorations there are of black womanhood in relationship with the rest of...

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Practice Possibility: Dance!

  Dance is meditation, is ritual, is ecstasy. Dance is nature. In most cultures, everyone dances. We have made it about skill and performance only (not that either of those are bad things). But dance is about about dropping masks and entering into new possibilities...

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A Wild Patience: Waiting on Winter

  Winter. Not. My. Season. Nope. All I can do is wait. And complain. Or allow. It’s not that different from my meditation practice. The resistance I feel to a moment on the cushion is just magnified and elongated into the long nights and gray days of winter. A season...

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Just This: Stillness

HEARD My winter soundtrack includes Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon. I don't usually go for beatless music, but I find the ethereal nature of the album (one 60 minute piece) is perfect for the natural stillness of the season (even if NYC and my own mind won't comply)....

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Practice Possibility: Do Less

  Do less. I dare you. Actually, I dare me. Living in harmony with the seasons is so challenging in a city and world that functions at the same fast pace all year round (and even speeds up when nature is slowing down and slows down when nature is speeding up). Often,...

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Just This: Spirit

SEEN The image above is from a documentary about Anna Breytenbach, an animal communicator. Stay with me. Really, the connection she has with animals is grounded in deep listening and a profound ability to feel both internally and externally. Something we all long to...

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Practice Possibility: What You Feel

Are you making a decision or struggling with an issue? Sit or lay down on your back and come into connection with your whole body. Take some slow breaths to really feel into any sensations that are arising in the body. Sense the contact with the chair or floor. Where...

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Just This: Liberation & Joy

I intended "Just This" as a place to share what’s going on for me: what I’m reading, thinking about, listening to, watching. "Just this" is a reference to the Buddha’s instructions to Bāhiya on liberation; that when we see (hear, taste, smell, sense, know) things...

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Practice Possibility: Pause

Pause. Right now. Or right now. Or, ok, later. But pause. Really! Let go of the mad rushing of heart-mind-body. Let go of the racing emotions-thoughts. Pause. And listen. Can you sense what is there? Can you let go (again and again) of any doing, of getting to, of...

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Being Seen & Known

  I was honored to be asked to be on the cover of Mindful magazine even though my first instinct was, "heeelll no." "no way." "uh-uh." The editors were interested in representing more diversity in the magazine and they wanted an actual meditator. As of then, they had...

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Ancient Wisdom

  Wade Davis has the best job title next to Katy Payne’s “acoustic biologist.” He is the ‘Explorer in Residence’ at National Geographic. He is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker, and photographer (and he can fly - kidding). In his book, The Wayfinders: Why...

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Creative vs Reactive

  Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of what she calls the “freakishly” successful memoir Eat, Pray,Love and her Ted Talk on creativity has had over 4 million viewers. One thing I appreciate about the talk, and Gilbert in general, is the presentation of inspiring...

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Listening with the Body

  My favorite way to listen to On Being, the weekly NPR show on spirituality, is by waking early enough on a Sunday morning that I can listen to it in bed or as I slowly wake my way around my apartment – making tea and petting my dog. And I am so thankful there is a...

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The Paradox of Transformation

  Transformation comes from acceptance. There are other paradoxes no doubt, but I see this as the main paradox of the spiritual path. The spiritual path is one of transformation, or else, why would we set out on the journey. But it is not in striving for change that...

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Angelitos Negros

  I don’t know any other Sebene-s. I have heard of a few. My great grandmother on my father’s side. The aunt of a former co-worker. Some woman my cousin met in Asmara years ago. Because my first name is so rare, there was always debate about its meaning. Occasionally...

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Just Ride

  I often read or listen to podcasts on the subway. And sometimes, I like just to ride the subway. The subway is maybe New York City’s most amazing resource. Besides the super rich who shuttle exclusively above ground in yellow cabs and black town cars, everyone takes...

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Collective Possibilities

  I have been a member of the Park Slope Food Coop (the Coop) for a LOS number of years. Located in Brooklyn, it was founded in 1973 and is the largest cooperative of its kind. The Coop is a member/worker owned food store that 16,000+ members collectively own, manage,...

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