The Recalcitrant Meditator

Monday, April 7, 2014

What is Mindfulness?

wim_3BFrequent visitors may notice a few changes to Adventures in Meditating. Nothing drastic– rest assured our mission of grabbing examples of mindfulness by the handful, wherever we might find them hiding, still rules the day.

Yet we’ve tried to give the site a cleaner overall look. We’ve pulled up the carpeting and refinished the hardwood lazing beneath, which we think provides a better frame from which to stage our on-going slap-fights with mindfulness. We’ve replaced the “1980s state fair chic” we once so carefully cultivated with a style we like to call, “where Michael York probably goes to drink whiskey from a snifter as big as a man.”

Most importantly, we’ve tried to bring forth a little context setting.…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Session 43: Old-Ass and Fabulous.

"For me, the toughest thing to get my head around is not that it once seemed (and even now seems) appropriately heroic to periodically juice up a former human being with enough of whatever chemicals is required to keep him from turning into a pile of tooth-interrupted goo, chiefly (at least today) for the sake of allowing tourists to gape at him. No, the toughest thing for me to wrap my head around is this supposition that what could once have been categorized as flesh, as genuine made-in-Russia man-wrapping, can still be so categorized. I mean, at what point does a corpse cease to be a corpse?"

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Session 42: I Have Heard What the Talkers Were Talking.

In today’s column, Jonny Sava counsels a reader to remember that mindful interactions can be just as meaningful at a safe distance as at point blank range. "The amenities of French apartments that are listed in ads as selling points are, by and large, the sorts of things that we in the United States treat as the baseline features of any enclosed space where a person would be willing to spend more than a few hours if he or she were not being held hostage. At least in a buyer’s market, your average Craig’s List ad sure as hell better mention the presence of granite countertops, heated floors, and a concierge who massages rose oil into your pillows while you’re out. When shopping around for a French apartment, on the other hand, expect the list of amenities to include 'on-site toilet, 'hot and/or cold running water,' and 'attached ceiling.'"

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