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A Path to Freedom

The eightfold path offers a method for awakening to the fragility of life and the precariousness of our future, as well as an ethical framework for living together in harmony in a flourishing world.

Facing Our Shadow Side with Skillful Means: Mindfulness and Worldview

How might mindfulness help us face the shadow side of humanity so that we can communicate skillfully across differences and work together to create a more just and peaceful world?

Taking the Self Out of Self-Righteousness

Most of us understand the importance of doing good and standing up for what is just, but how might we discern being "upright" from being self-righteous? A dedicated mindfulness practice can help.

Cultivating Contemplative Skills

Contemplative learning and practice integrate introspection and direct experience, cultivating wisdom through the development of fundamental skills supporting individual and collective wellbeing. Mindfulness is an essential component underlying all of these skills.

Mindfulness of Conduct

Mindfulness training offers us an embodied way of knowing when our choices are beneficial and when they are harmful. We become more conscious of the good feelings that arise when we act in alignment with our deepest values. With dedicated practice comes wisdom and a natural inclination toward what contributes to our collective wellbeing.

The Politics of Mindfulness

Do mindfulness and politics go together? Mindfulness can help us develop skills and qualities that deepen our connection with and understanding of our values and beliefs and this may in turn inform our political choices.

The Law of Cause and Effect

Do outcomes always justify our strategies? Often there are unintended longer term consequences when we fail to align our actions toward a goal with our highest values. Mindfulness can help us start where we are, make space to see the bigger picture, and allow us to respond with greater wisdom.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Here in the US it's easy for us to think that yoga is just a bunch of postures, because that's what many mainstream classes focus on. But did you know that yoga offers much more than just a physical practice? Ashtanga is what the Indian…

Principled Mindfulness

Being a practitioner of mindfulness without a system of ethics may help one relax, become more focused, or be less reactive in difficult situations, but much deeper benefits are available to us and to those around us when we begin to practice from a principled foundation.

The Power of Intention

Intention is the driver behind action and our ethics inform our intentions. Together these concepts are important because they orient us and point us in a certain direction. Aligning our mindfulness practice with our highest values helps us step out of the cycle of suffering and live with greater purpose.