Post Category: Thoughts from the Seton Cove

Part 1: Does Your Work Feel Sacred? If not, this might be the reason

by Daniel Hope Have you ever found yourself completely “in the zone” when working on a project?  That blissful state where time seems to stand still and all other worries are temporarily forgotten.  This is the state of mind the Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi famously coined as Flow,…
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Take Your Time

People are eating dinner on the other side of the mesh curtain. They have paid a premium; we aren’t allowed to disturb them by visiting the front facilities. Through the grey scrim I see rolls and butter and now some sort…
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The Blessing of Kindness

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you are already in heaven.                                                                                                Jack KerouacThe Dalai Lama famously said, "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."  In her poem "In the Storm," Mary Oliver suggests that kindness is a miracle. The Gospels of the New Testament make it clear that loving-kindness [...]
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Be Still and Love

Sitting still is a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it; I’d seldom thought of it like that                                                        Pico IyerYears ago I heard the poet, David Whyte, say: “When you race through life at one hundred miles an hour, the only things you notice are whatever else is going that [...]
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Practicing Mindfulness in Austin Traffic

by Daniel HopeHow to Practice Mindfulness in Austin TrafficI had just pulled out of the Cove, stopped at one stop sign and proceeded to my place in line behind the string of cars waiting to get onto 38th Street. It was something that I do on a daily basis and usually without incident, but this [...]
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