Better Together: How to Practice with Friends ~ Carolyn McCarthy

Have you ever had a wet nose interrupt your meditation?   My friend and I have circled this lake for years. It’s about three miles around, with a swimming area, baseball diamond, dog run, and huge old firs and cedars. We’ve walked and talked our way through our kids...

STOP! The Purposeful Pause, Part 1 ~ Tim Burnett

We all know those moments. We’re already wound up. Rushed. So much going on. And we’re also tired from an interrupted night of sleep. Or worried about a health challenge. Or a family member who’s back in that familiar crisis zone. We carry so much...

Fall Weekend Retreat 2022 – Finding the Space

by Tim Burnett, September 2022 FALL WEEKEND RETREAT 2022 In September 2022, Mindfulness Northwest Executive Director and Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett led a weekend retreat at the Samish Island Retreat Center focussed on “finding the space.”  We offer two or...

Roots of Compassion 2022 – Four Practices for Connecting Deeply

by Tim Burnett, August 2022 THE BUDDHIST ROOTS OF MINDFULNESS 2022 In August 2022, Mindfulness Northwest Executive Director and Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett co-led a 5-day retreat on the Buddhist teachings on connecting deeply using the four traditional practices...

Walking Meditation Part 2 ~ Beth Glosten

Last month I wrote about the practice of walking meditation and how this daily activity, or something similar, can be woven into one’s regular mindfulness practice. In this month’s article, I’ll expand on my explanation of walking meditation by presenting some...

Walking Meditation Part 1 ~ Beth Glosten

  If you’ve completed a Mindfulness Northwest multi-week course or attended a meditation retreat, you have likely practiced walking meditation. It is a foundational meditation practice, but at first glance, might be viewed as simply a break from sitting....

Comfort and Insight ~ Tim Burnett

So much has been written around how mindfulness practice helps us cope: how we learn to use our attention more wisely, accept things more fully, and become more resilient under stress. This is all true and a wonderful thing.  When I practice and lead others in...

Reification – A Curious Thing We Do ~ Beth Glosten, M.D.

Definition: Reification: to make something abstract more concrete or real; to consider or represent something abstract as a material or concrete thing; to give definite content and form to a concept or idea. We humans come equipped with an amazing mind – a mind that...

The Value of Retreat ~ Tim Burnett

Checking in to the Zoom room on a Saturday morning in August, I could tell the group was nervous about spending the next six hours in silence. Impressively, everyone in my class of health professionals – doctors, nurses, a researcher – had all shown up and...

Roots of Mindfulness 2020 – The Three Marks of Existence

by Tim Burnett & Robin Boudette, October 2020 THE BUDDHIST ROOTS OF MINDFULNESS 2020 In October 2020, Mindfulness Northwest Executive Director and Guiding Teacher Tim Burnett co-led a 7-day retreat on the teachings on the foundational Buddhist teaching of the...