Surrender has long been a dirty word in a culture steeped in do-or-die machismo, in which giving in — even when fighting is useless — is often seen as giving up. Yet most of the things that truly matter — love, art, awakening, service — require significant leaps of surrender. Here’s my column from this month’s Contemplative Journal.
I have a new story out today in The Saturday Evening Post. “Time Out!” looks at the mindfulness movement that’s sweeping across the country. From public schools to corporate boardrooms, research labs, and even the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., mindfulness practices such as meditation have made their way into the mainstream, helping people lower their stress levels, sharpen their attention, improve work performance (in the case of students, their grades), become physically and mentally resilient, and improve their relationships. Continue reading