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Colleen Morton Busch
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Colleen Morton Busch’s nonfiction, poetry and fiction have appeared in a wide range of publications, from literary magazines to the San Francisco Chronicle, Tricycle, and Yoga Journal, where she was a senior editor. A Zen student since 2000, she is the author of Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire, named one of the best books of 2011. For more information, visit

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A New Way to Watch What You Eat

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:33 PM

If I were Karl Ove Knausgard, I'd tell you what I ate for breakfast. Okay, I'll tell you anyway. Oatmeal with tahini. Ricotta cheese with honey and slivered almonds. Grapefruit and orange juice mixed 50/50. But why do you care what I had for breakfast? If you bear...

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Bringing Home to the Soldier

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 1:39 PM

A soldier preparing to deploy trains intensely. Coming home is a different story. Veterans who've spent months, perhaps years, bonded to their peers by a shared mission often return to find themselves alienated from their loved ones and their homeland and longing for the camaraderie and urgency of deployment. This...

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Falling Awake

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Aside from a month-long episode of insomnia when I was 10 years old and my best friend moved away to Texas, I've always been a good sleeper. I missed my friend so much that I couldn't sleep. I'd lie in bed listening to the minutes turning over on my alarm...

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Let's Let January Be January

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 2:35 PM

It's the birth month of a brand new year. Another 12 months have vanished, taking with them a year's regrets and accomplishments, its luck and meddle pulled into the flow of time. Perhaps you find yourself in a reflective mood: Now what? What will you make of the year ahead?...

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Spring Cleaning -- or Not

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 9:03 AM

It's that time of year when I find myself generating to-do lists. The overgrown backyard needs attention. The closets would benefit from a good airing out. The bookshelf, stacked two rows thick and completely disheveled, requires pruning.

Often, my spring-cleaning list becomes my fall list and then my winter...

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Mouse in the House: What a Rodent Problem Can Reveal

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 2:33 PM

I spent several months last fall living at a Zen monastery in the wilderness. At Tassajara, the head cook carried the mice she caught daily in Havahart live traps to a trailhead far from the kitchen to release them. This was how she met her responsibility to keep...

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What Meditation Won't Do for You

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 2:28 PM

When stories about meditation make the news, they're often touting the practice's recognized health and wellness benefits. Meditation lowers your blood pressure, primes your parasympathetic nervous system, influences brain waves associated with a relaxed and wakeful state, helps you kick addictions, find...

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How Meditation Can Help You Find Time

(15) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 8:31 AM

Friends often wonder why I get up so early to meditate. "What's the point?" they ask. "The commute is easier," I say. I can make it to the zendo in seven minutes at that hour, and on weekends, the traffic lights flash instead of running their usual ponderous cycles from...

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How to Decide by Not Deciding

(12) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 8:29 AM

There are many different types of decision makers: those who jump in, feet first, and ask questions later; those who gather info, discuss and deliberate; those who punt -- who would simply rather not; and those "deciders" who, like a certain former president, relish the thrill.

Like me, you...

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