My Word for 2017: Allow

By Sarah Chauncey | December 31, 2016

I don’t have any particular New Year’s traditions any more. Through my 20s and 30s, I grew tired of resolutions, then commitments and goals—all things that ultimately made me feel bad about myself (usually within about six weeks). In my early 40s, I decided to focus on how I wanted to grow, and then I released…

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6 Benefits of Slowing Down

By Sarah Chauncey | October 28, 2016

We all want to matter to others. The mistake is in believing that busyness is a sign of our value as human beings. There’s a saner way to live.

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Tree Portrait 16-Oct-23

By Sarah Chauncey | October 23, 2016

From a distance, these trees look uniformly bright pink. Up close, the colors are much more intricate.  

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How to Cope with Really Big Challenges

By Sarah Chauncey | September 11, 2016

It is possible to find inner peace even when you’re dealing with survival-level issues. In my experience, though, it takes significant time and intense focus.

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50 Thoughts on Turning 50

By Sarah Chauncey | June 17, 2016

On the last day of my 40s, I’m writing a list of things I’ve learned so far. (I know, it’s not exactly original, but it is mine.) Without children, a marriage or a traditional career milestones, this birthday has snuck up on me. In some ways, I feel blindsided. And yet, here I am. Arguing…

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An Open Letter to Those Going off Medication

By Sarah Chauncey | May 19, 2016

Going off meds is a very personal decision, not one that should be imposed on anyone…nor should anyone be coerced into staying on them.

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How to Experience Music as a Spiritual Teaching

By Sarah Chauncey | February 18, 2016

I love music—who doesn’t?—yet it had never occurred to me that music itself could be a teaching, that it could bring people to the place, the experience, that spiritual teachers’ words point to, the transcendence that’s sometimes found in meditation (and often isn’t). But that’s exactly what one song did.  As Martin Mull famously said, writing about…

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What an MRI Machine Taught Me About Mindfulness

By Sarah Chauncey | February 5, 2016

Note: A friend expressed concern and mentioned that, in the U.S., people only have MRIs if something is seriously wrong. In Canada, MRI is sometimes used in place of other screening technologies; this was just a checkup. Ok, I admit, this is a bit of a departure from the whole nature and walking thing. Bear with…

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There is Only One Teaching (Eckhart Tolle essay)

By Sarah Chauncey | January 19, 2016

In 2013, Eckhart Tolle’s website put out a call for essays about how his teachings. I spent the next year writing and revising this essay, which was published on his site in January 2016. The page no longer exists, so I decided to share it here.

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