I am a recently retired professor from Keene State College in Keene, NH. I have practiced Vipassana meditation since 1979 and have had significant experiences in many different religions and spiritual traditions. I have taught meditation at Keene State College to students in many courses and to faculty and staff; at the local hospital; at the County jail; and at the Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center which I helped to found in 2002.
My intention for the website is to provide a resource to share what I have learned about mindfulness, about meditation, and about life. I am currently restructuring the website and have intended to begin a blog for a couple years now but am pretty certain it will start just after Labor Day.
What mindfulness is and isn't
Mindfulness is bringing two intentions to present moment experience:
(1) the intention to meet what is happening with curiosity and interest, and
(2) the intention to let it happen, that is, an attitude of acceptance, non-judging, or kindness--whichever of these three terms fits you best.
Meditation is when we practice mindfulness for a period of time. While "sitting down meditation" is not for everyone, virtually everyone I know would like to be mindful more often.
My first meditation teacher, when explaining the purpose of meditation, asked: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have a miniature-sized assistant who sat on our shoulders and reminded us when we were getting angry, frustrated, etc. at our spouse, children, parents, at work, etc.?" He replied, "That's what mindfulness does--it increases the likelihood that we will remember during times of stress."