# mind & spirit

Meditation and Multitasking

Within the past two years, I made two significant changes in my life: I began practicing mindful meditation, and I decided that my lifelong habit of multitasking had to stop-or at least be reduced to doing two things at once rather than three or more. The result has been greater peace of mind, less stress physically, mentally, and emotionally, and an ability to get just as much done-if not more-than when I was trying to "do it all."

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Loneliness in the Modern World

How often have you felt lonely while in a crowd? Are you in a long-term relationship yet feel hollow and alone? Do you often feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of people yet there’s no one to rescue you?

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

It's not unusual for children to be afraid of the dark. Parents try to soothe those fears, making a big show of looking under beds and in closets and announcing that there are no monsters hiding, and then leaving a nightlight on either in the room or just outside the doorway to ease suspicious minds. None of these precautions, of course, are a guarantee that small bodies won't be dashing into their parents' bedroom and hunkering down under the covers sometime during the wee hours.

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Clouds and Meditation

When I was a kid, I loved to lie in the grass and watch the clouds. Back then, I marveled at and was fascinated by the different shapes and always could find animals in the puffy whiteness and grays.

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