Along the Path

A Blog on Daily Buddhist Practice

Week 7 - I Miss Strangers

Jim Gaffigan is a comedian used to doing live shows. You can see some of them on Netflix but of course these are pre-recorded in a time before COVID. Now he has had to move to creating online content like podcasting. Gaffigan is a regular now on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with host Jane Pauley....

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Two Errors Our Minds Make

In 1973, a song was released by Rod Stewart and the Faces. It was called Ooh La La with the refrain "I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now When I Was Younger." I love this song. How often do we deal with disappointment by imaging what we could have done differently if we had only known. As a math...

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The Black Dot

I read an article somewhere on the web that said humans are not very good at evaluating risk. We see all risk as high. We are unable to rank threats as low, medium, high. For example, the risk of smoking or obesity is quite high while NutraSweet or caffeine is relatively low. I have noticed...

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Just Do The Dishes

When you hear "just do the dishes", you can hear it in one of two different ways. First, as a chore. Like please stop talking or please stop procrastinating and just do the dishes. Second, as advice. Like "only do the dishes", nothing more. Don't think about how long it is going to take, how...

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Becoming a Monotasker

During the pandemic and social distancing, we find ourselves spending almost all of our time at home and online. Some are lucky and are able to work from home. Social media is a way to keep connected with our family, friends and community. But this can set us up for mental overload. Often...

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Coping with Coronavirus Lock-down

Now that we are following stay-at-home and shelter-in-place social distancing guidelines, there is a new concern. We may begin to develop lock-down fever. I have experienced this, it makes me feel a bit stir-crazy. It is a nebulous sense of anxiety that arises from being shut out from the rest...

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Learning to Listen

It is more important than ever that we learn how to listen. During this pandemic, we are all under greater stress and in tight quarters as we "stay at home." Listening can really help during social distancing. For example, listening to the people you live with, and listening to those who can...

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A Fine Line Between Precaution and Panic

During a pandemic, there is a very fine line between precaution and panic. It is possible for us to stay on this side of panic if we can find ways to lessen our anxiety. One way is through humor, and another is through mindfulness. Recently, a women posted “IF I CAN'T TOUCH MY FACE SOON, I MAY...

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The Science of Willpower

In American culture, we believe that we can achieve anything if we just try hard enough. This is success as a function of willpower. However, Buddhism reminds us that we do not have as much control as we think we do. When things do not go our way we often begin to feel guilty and think "if...

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Hard-Wired Happiness

Most of us live our lives with a set of goals that we want to achieve in the future. The assumption is that if/when we reach these goals then we will be happy. The problem is that we often set new goals once we get there. And once again, we postpone our happiness until we attain those new goals....

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