Being human takes practice.

Get short reflections on meditation, practice, and the baffle-wonder-challenge of somehow existing. Includes three videos on how to kick-start your meditation practice, and several badly-timed jokes.

On Sundays and Wednesdays, people from around the world join me for a live meditation and hang out. Or they watch it later. It’s fun (ish). It’s community. Nothing really happens. 

Here, with characteristic low production values, I explain the essence of the Do Nothing Project.

MEDITATION
Where to Begin?

Funny image of an early explorer
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Dynamic Care in Action

In the last Equanimist Pages, I wrote about Dynamic Care — a balanced way to think about how to help ourselves and each other. How might this work in real life? The following practices were (mostly) submitted by all of you. I’ve organized them into the four quadrants of the Dynamic Care grid. Real life, of course, doesn’t have compartments. Our practices blur lines – they may be both active and restful, may benefit both ourselves and the world.

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Wherever we are on the mind-body roller-coaster, seated and calm, we can suddenly see it. We hadn’t noticed before, in our busyness. We thought life was just like that. But now we realize, actually, life isn’t like that. We’re like that. 

Release the amateurs!

An unexpected thing I’ve discovered about meditation – and practice in general – is that one of the best ways to deepen our practice is to share it. And I don’t mean just tell someone about it. I mean guide them in it.