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The goal of attention, or shamatha, practice is to become aware of awareness. Awareness is the basis, or what you might call the “support,” of the mind. It is steady and unchanging, like the pole to which the flag of ordinary consciousness is attached. When we recognize and become grounded in awareness, the “wind” of emotion may still blow. But instead of being carried away by the wind, we turn our attention inward, watching the shifts and changes with the intention of becoming familiar with that aspect of consciousness that recognizes Oh, this is what I’m feeling, this is what I’m thinking. As we do so, a bit of space opens up within us. With practice, that space—which is the mind’s natural clarity—begins to expand and settle.

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Veggie Bags

Why put one pepper or a bunch of broccoli in a separate bag, just to put that bag in another grocery bag?  We can save thousands and thousands of plastic bags by keeping our vegetables loose and not bagging each separately.  You’re going to go home and wash them anyway right?  If you’re buying 2 lbs of mushrooms though, you might have to bend the rules… unless you remember to bring your used ones back…

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