Part of the decision to become a parent involves responsibly weighing whether the world is a place you want to bring children into. I’m generally an optimist, and I’ve always believed, to put it simply, that there is more good in the world than bad. That’s what my husband and I teach our kids.
Yet a recent event has absolutely made me question that faith—an event that the whole world is talking about, but we’ll address here too, if only because of the absence of awareness and compassion it reveals. Little Wang Yue (affectionately called “Yueyue” by her parents) has died. Almost a week ago, the two-year-old was callously run over by two different vehicles and ignored for an agonizing seven minutes by passersby (as many as 18, according to some reports) before someone stopped to help her.Read more »
Location: Decatur, GA
When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?
I began practicing mindfulness about 12 years ago, as my wife and I prepared to have our first child. I realized I had lived a lot of my life by either avoiding discomfort or placing my thoughts far from the present moment.
Did you take a class? If so, what sort of class did you take?
I took introductory meditation classes at the Atlanta Soto Zen Center (around 2000 or 2001) and have since practiced with the Shambhala Center of Atlanta here in Decatur, GA.Read more »
In my talk at Creating a Mindful Society, I introduced the concept of “the meditation hallway.” You might know what a meditation hall is—but what is a meditation hallway, and why should you have one?Read more »
After participating in the Wisdom 2.0 Youth conference, blogger Gina Biegel reflects on the power of perseverance.Read more »
Two weeks ago, I participated in an inspiring meeting in New York City: Creating a Mindful Society. There was palpable energy and excitement in the air; a packed crowd of people working to make their own personal lives more mindful, but also working to bring a mindful approach to their work and relationships. It was the articulation of a vision of society’s potential given what we know about the power of simply bring heartfelt, non-judgmental, present-moment awareness into what we do in this world. As a representative of the pre-K-12 educational system, I would like to continue this conversation with readers through this blog.Read more »