Thursday, October 29, 2020

Examined Life

Examined Life: On shaky ground

EXAMINED LIFE We are, none of us, on steady ground. This is a spiritual truth, but it’s also increasingly become a practical truth, especially in San Francisco. Things we once...

When our bodies break down

EXAMINED LIFE No one plans for sickness. We plan for busy schedules and vacation time and meeting deadlines. We plan for school and for retirement, for weekends and for seasons....

Life is hard. Say yes to that. 

EXAMINED LIFE It’s winter and it’s dark out and we’re approaching the holiday season, so … I want to talk about being uncomfortable. I like to talk about discomfort...

Examined Life: Power, patriarchy, and the imperfect guru

It’s the end of an era, albeit a very short one. In 2014, Against the Stream (ATS) Buddhist Meditation Society—an organization founded by counter culture Buddhist teacher Noah Levine—opened a...

Examined Life: Far to fall

EXAMINED LIFE Author Anne Lamott once wrote, “My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” It’s a pearl, but of course it’s also a joke....

Examined Life: Don’t just sit there—listen

EXAMINED LIFE As I was walking to class the other night, the sky suddenly changed from picturesque puffed clouds to torrential downpour. I had no rain gear or umbrella,...

Examined Life: Love and the lost art of friendship

EXAMINED LIFE We all know when it’s here. The chocolate hearts, the smell of cut flowers, the pink and red greeting cards and stickers and advertisements promoting dinner specials,...

Examined Life: New Year’s resolutions … good practice or delusion?

Welcome to Examined Life, our new column that explores the intersection between politics, culture, and living mindfully in the Bay Area and beyond.  EXAMINED LIFE No one knows exactly how long the concept of a...

Examined Life: Reclaiming sacred spaces in the Digital Age

Welcome to Examined Life, our new column that explores the intersection between politics, culture, and living mindfully in the Bay Area and beyond.  EXAMINED LIFE Do you remember the last time you stepped out into...

Examined Life: The subtle power of ‘me too’

Welcome to Examined Life, our new column that explores the intersection between politics, culture, and living mindfully in the Bay Area and beyond.  EXAMINED LIFE It seems like every day another wealthy, powerful man is in...