Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for Feb. 25, 2019

Here is a wisdom statement from the Buddhist tradition: “Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” We saw examples of this on 9-11 when an employee might have been too sick to go to work in the World Trade Center […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 22, 2019

Blizzards and snowstorms often remind us of our childhood days. Blizzards often meant days free from school, or perhaps a way of earning a little money shoveling snow. For certain it meant the unexpected. As we age, our way of seeing snow has changed, and not always for the better. We might try to lift […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 21, 2019

“The eye sees what it wants to see—and sometimes more” is a provocative opening sentence for a thriller novel entitled Bone Box. But couldn’t it be used as an everyday motto, much like “This too shall pass”? What do the eyes see daily? Is it the same old, same old? The drabness of our lives? Or […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 20, 2019

It is not unusual to find oneself reading while eating, especially when living alone or dining outside of regular meal times. While both food and reading material can be simultaneously nourishing, it can happen that the reader gets so caught up in what the mind is ingesting that the food is gone before it’s really […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 19, 2019

We have had a good old-fashioned winter. Our younger Minnesotans may not remember this—but we older ones were used to 20 and 30 below temperatures when we were growing up. We didn’t talk much about wind chills then. But the BEAUTY of all this snow is a meditation. The sculptures, the whiteness, shadows, layers covering trees and sheds can awaken our sense of wonder and imagination. This fresh, new beauty opens our eyes like […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 18, 2019

Does it seem to you that there is a great deal of noise in our world? Not the noise of workers working, but for example, the continuous talk shows and sitcoms where people tend to shout at each other instead of listening. There is so much crude and idle talk and so little listening. A […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 15, 2019

As a child, violinist Vijay Gupta was pushed hard—nearly to the breaking point—by his parents. But instead of being embittered by his experience of suffering, Gupta learned compassion and made the most of his exceptional musical talent. At age seven, he enrolled in the prestigious Julliard School of Music, and at age 11, he gave […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 14, 2019

The chorus from a country western song ends with the words: “Don’t let the chain of love end with you.” The song describes how a young man stopped along a road to change a flat tire for an older woman. The older woman, in turn, left a large tip at a small restaurant for an […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 13, 2019

If you’re any kind of gardener, no doubt you have already received catalogs enticing you to get your fingers into the dirt of Mother Earth. The catalogs display the best of flowers, perennials and annuals; the best of vegetables, greens and reds for salads, peas, beans for easy picking and quick cooking and then the […]

Daily Meditation for Feb. 12, 2019

February is the month of commemorating two presidents who exhibited compelling character. Character includes mental and moral qualities, integrity and uprightness. Despite their limitations, President Washington and President Lincoln are witnesses to a virtuous life for ongoing generations. They exemplify what columnist David Brooks maintains are “two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the […]