Provision #859: And Then There Was One

Laser Provision It’s time to conclude our series on mindfulness that has delved into one, simple notion: and then there was one. There is no you and there is no me. There is no other and there is no self. There is no over and there is under. There are, in fact, no distinctions that […]

Provision #858: Mindful Generosity by Thich Nhat Hanh

Laser Provision Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk born in 1926, is a well-known public figure and practitioner of mindfulness. For today’s Provision, I reprint excerpts from his 1994 essay on generosity. Given the depth and challenge of his reflections, connecting mindfulness and generosity, I encourage you to read the essay when you have […]

Provision #857: Mindful Self-Awareness

Laser Provision Whereas the title of last week’s Provision, Mindless Mindfulness, may have seemed like an oxymoron, that is, a self-contradictory statement, the title of this week’s Provision, Mindful Self-Awareness may seem like a circumlocution, that is, the use of more word than necessary to express an idea. Isn’t all mindfulness a matter of self-awareness? On one level, […]

Provision #856: Mindless Mindfulness

Laser Provision I know the title of today’s Provision sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true: there’s no way to be mindful unless one is mindless; by that I mean, one has to empty one’s mind of everything else in order to fill one’s mind with just one thing: a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, […]

Provision #855: Control is an Illusion

Laser Provision There was a time when I thought I had everything under control. My schedule. My mind. My emotions. My running. My routines. My health. In other words, my life. Then it all came unglued. In the twinkling of an eye, it was as though I was living someone else’s life. I went from […]