Year: 2011

Can a Tiger Change Its Stripes?

The following is a guest post by Common Ground practitioner Becca Thielen. You can read more of her reflections on her blog This is Dhamma. Lately some TV shows have me thinking about character and integrity. Yes, I have been

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Morality

Editor’s Note: The following is the fourth in a series of posts by Nora Murphy about the “10 paramis,” or qualities of heart-mind. With these posts, she’ll take an informal, personal approach to each of the paramis, in an effort

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Interview with Gail Iverson

What brought you to mindfulness meditation? In the mid-1970’s, I moved to a rural community in Minnesota. I was interested in meditation but at that time in rural areas there were not many opportunities. One day I was looking in

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Generosity

Editor’s Note: The following is the third in a series of posts by Nora Murphy about the “10 paramis,” or qualities of heart-mind. With these posts, she’ll take an informal, personal approach to each of the paramis, in an effort

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Why the Past Isn’t Personal

I’ve spent much of my meditation practice learning to let go of the past, a past at times so horrific that it seems to hover over the present. Often when I’m mulling over the past, I find myself rationalizing and

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Pretzels and the Paramis

Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a series of posts by Nora Murphy about the “10 paramis,” or qualities of heart-mind. With these posts, she’ll take an informal, personal approach to each of the paramis, in an effort

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Roger Saves His Sister’s Life and Finds His Own

From the Festival of Giving and Receiving I did an internship at the Mayo Clinic at the department of engineering. My mind was constantly shifting in and out of spacey states, but I was able to work through it. I

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Eric’s Dad Learns First-Hand No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

From the Festival of Giving and Receiving My family and I were in Chicago visiting my sister. It was a pretty joyous time and the four of us were feeling light on our feet as we walked down Michigan Avenue.

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Elder Wisdom, Children’s Song

For those of you who attended the first annual Festival of Giving and Receiving, you know Larry Long as the fellow who regaled us with a number of songs that emphasize mindfulness, joy, and peace. Larry, a longtime Common Ground

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Falling

Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a series of posts by Nora Murphy about the “10 paramis,” or qualities of heart-mind. With these posts, she’ll take an informal, personal approach to each of the paramis, in an effort

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