Living in a mindful community, I am constantly reminded when I am not “being” mindful. That is OK, because there are times when I am not. But what exactly does it mean to be mindful?
We currently grow 50 species of clumping (monopodial) bamboos. A few years ago, five species of bamboo were planted around the New Life property and along some of the boundaries. In June, 2012, we planted an additional 45 species. Here are some of the reasons why we grow a large and diverse bamboo supply:
If we take an honest look at the Eightfold Path, we see a pattern for our life that is universal. Many religions and philosophies propound similar ideologies. But beware! It is not an easy path to walk!
Often on weekends, we awake to the aroma of fresh baked bread – a massive treat since bread isn’t part of the usual Thai diet. While we have a Thai cook on staff, volunteers and residents are invited to cook for the community, so we enjoy meals with diverse international themes.
An exceptional and very insightful blog post from guest writer Darren Littlejohn on codependency. He knows from his own experience what addiction and what codependency feels like, explains the dynamics, points the red flags out and talks about how a Buddhist approach can help the codependent.
New Life works because of the people who arrive here. Everyone contributes whether they know it or not. It might be a kindness to someone, laughter, going the extra mile at work, or it could be simply listening to someone, sharing travel experiences, or life stories.
After four months at New Life Foundation, I thought a change of scenery would be nice – especially some tropical paradise scenery. I decided to attend a silent ten-day Vipassana (insight) meditation retreat on the island of Koh Phangan in southern Thailand. A field report:
The weekly New Life Foundation basketball is fast, furious and competitive. The congregation of dogs–our two included – plus village children add a boisterous cheering section. We’re not ready for the NBA, but it’s still quite a respectable pick-up game.
I became mildly, but chronically, depressed at a very young age and stayed so up until age 26. I did well for a few years and decided I would like to help other people in their paths towards self-discovery. However during an internship, I found that I still suffered from the same low self-esteem that had controlled my youth and I was filled with anxiety.