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Jane Brunette
Jane Brunette teaches and writes about meditation, spiritual practice and creating a soulful life in challenging times. She created Writing from the Soul, an approach to writing circles that has sprouted groups around the world, and periodically offers classes and retreats on meditation and using writing as a spiritual practice. In addition, she mentors writers who want to expand their capacity for articulation and deep inner sensing. See

An authorized Buddhist meditation teacher whose own practice is inter-spiritual, Jane is also deeply influenced by the writings and practices of the Christian mystics as well as the wisdom of indigenous people around the world. She travels widely, living simply in cultures where this is still possible in order to free her time and her mind for contemplation and retreat. Her book of poetry, Grasshopper Guru, emerged from a long cycle of retreat outside of the American consumer matrix. You can find more of her writings, as well as her teaching schedule, at

Jane invites your feedback and participation, both here and on her websites. If you click "email" at the top of this page, you will be notified when new articles appear on The Huffington Post.

Entries by Jane Brunette

How to Use Desire to Trick You Into Joyful Presence

(12) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 10:55 AM


Everyone has desire, whether it's for enlightenment, espresso or Facebook likes. Given this, it seems natural that we go toward what we want and avoid what we don't want. Yet this automatic orientation causes tremendous dissatisfaction and loss of freedom. We become predators...

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How Meditation Practice Can Impact Deforestation

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:47 PM

Meditation practice is not something we do for ourselves. It is meant to enter our lives as a collective by building a container of awareness that allows us to distinguish between the conditioned wants and fears of ego and the deeper movements of intuition that come from the heart and...

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How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice

(13) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:12 AM

Writing can be a powerful meditation practice, helping us to integrate our active mind with the mind of meditation. By using it as a process of inquiry, it can help us track our progress in loosening attachments and habitual states of mind even as it sharpens our ability to attend...

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How Occupy Wall Street Demonstrates the Power of Meditation in Action

(10) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 4:49 PM

How did the Occupy movement end up with such an enormous cross-section of the world identifying with them? Consciously or not, they did something truly radical: From the beginning, they followed the principles of meditation. Look closely at the components of a meditative attitude, and you'll see them all reflected...

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If the Buddha Had a Facebook Page: How a 20-Something Spiritual Teacher Marries Wisdom with Pop Culture

(3) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 5:29 PM

What if the Buddha were raised on the Internet, global weather changes and YouTube? Might he have a Facebook page and funky sideburns? Might he compose spontaneous songs of realization, then record them for distribution on iTunes? I think yes.

Although Buddhism is still wrapped in Eastern cultures and...

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Recognizing That We Are All Buddhas: The Path To Fearlessness

(26) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Most of us were good at playing games of pretend as children and as adults, that skill can be harnessed to take powerful leaps in consciousness. Just as we can suspend our disbelief as we watch a movie and enter the lives of characters as real people, we can suspend...

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Can a Word Change Your Life?

(9) Comments | Posted June 11, 2011 | 1:11 PM

I met a woman who had a stroke and lost her ability to speak. She had only one word left, and that word was "love." I liked to watch her say it. She would roll that word around in her mouth like a raspberry, eyes lit with pleasure, and say...

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