“It was taught, Rabbi Natan says: While someone was grinding [the incense], another would say, ‘Grind well, well grind,’ because it sounded beautiful to the spices.”

— summary of a Gemarah in Tractate Keritot 6b and associated commentaries

Grind Well is a daily-ish blog about daily-ish meditation practice by Jon Mitchell. Jon is a daughter’s father and rabbi’s husband living in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times, a book about technology and mindfulness published by Parallax Press. Parallax Press was founded by Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh, one of the world’s most beloved Buddhist teachers.

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