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Meditation for the 99%

Mar 27, 2020

My mind is usually a churning soup of anxiety, overplanning, and confusion, but the COVID-19 outbreak has put it in hyperdrive.

There are certain to be moments ahead that will overwhelm us emotionally, so I’ll share how I self-soothe in hopes that it helps you come up with your own process.

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Mar 26, 2020


I don’t consider myself a Buddhist, but I recite what are called the “three refuges” after meditating each morning. I even have them tattooed on my arm along with a fourth.

Buddha, dharma, sangha, justice.

Whispering these words reminds me of what really matters, regardless of what’s happening in my life, even...

Mar 13, 2020

I’m housesitting for my parents in rural Maryland while they’re in Florida for the winter. When I’m not driving back into Washington, D.C., to see friends, days pass without human interaction.

But the solitude isn’t what’s getting to me. It’s the silence, particularly at night. Thank God for my meditation...

Feb 29, 2020

The most common thing I hear from people who are hesitant about trying meditation is, “But I think too much.”

What I usually say back is, “We all do.”

We all think too much. Wandering thoughts are estimated to occupy 30 to 50 percent of our waking hours. And we all think we think too much.

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Feb 21, 2020

I can’t remember a more contradictory time in my life. I’ve never felt so lonely. For the past month, I’ve been living alone on my family’s farm in rural Southern Maryland. It’s been part “Walden,” part “Joe Dirt,” part “The Blair Witch Project.” Days go by without seeing another human.

But I’ve...