2019-02-24: Pause: Writing Offline You wouldn’t get that sense looking at this blog, but my practice has been really solid for the past …

2019-02-04: ⤳ The Blind Spot This is a glorious takedown of unquestioned dualism in the sciences that, naturally, has to fall …

2019-01-27: ⤳ Treeleaf Zendo, An Online Soto Zen Buddhist Sangha I am pretty interested in this model: Treeleaf Zendo is an online practice place for Zen …

2019-01-25: ⤳ Do you practice Buddhism alongside another religion? I’ve never written in to a magazine before, but I couldn’t resist this invitation: Do you practice …

2019-01-24: ⤳ What is Nichiren Shu? This overview of Nichiren Shu by a head priest impressed me the same way yesterday’s link about Pure …

2019-01-23: ⤳ Pure and Simple Practice This introduction to Pure Land chanting practice by Dharmavidya David Brazier is so gentle and …

2019-01-22: Productive Time It’s time to get real. I’m wasting too much time every day on pointless stuff online, and I’m not …

2019-01-21: ⤳ Endless Lifetimes, Endless Benefit There’s a lot of magical reincarnation stuff in this interview with Tenzin Palmo that strikes me the …

2019-01-20: ⤳ Seeing God in What Is I’ve long had issues reconciling my Jewishly religious feelings and my Buddhist ones. Somehow, they …

2019-01-18: Tossing No Rocks Practically all my meditation training has been in disciplines of opening the attention to admit all …

2019-01-17: ⤳ Earning a Living Brad Warner takes a big risk by publicly tunneling under the idea that the only moral way to live is …

2019-01-16: ⤳ Doing Nothing I’m extremely grateful to Karen Maezen Miller for writing this short blog post and matter-of-factly …

2019-01-15: ⤳ Sarah Beasley (Sera Kunzang Lhamo) on Discovering the Treasures of Lineage If there is a faith claim that motivates the practice of meditation, it’s the claim that it “works.” …

2019-01-14: ⤳ Who Was Bodhidharma? I’ve never felt learned enough to decide on or declare adherence to any particular Buddhist …

2019-01-13: ⤳ Looking into Laziness As usual, Pema Chödrön demonstrates the clear, penetrating simplicity of a true master’s teachings: …

2019-01-11: The Sea of Others Sometimes my desire to meditate is about achieving something. Sometimes I desire a peaceful mental …

2019-01-10: ⤳ Just Don’t Do It “The problem is there are no good ways to give instructions on how to do nothing.” I like this post …

2019-01-10: Note: Introducing Link Posts I’ve decided to open up the structure of Grind Well a little bit, to make it possible to post more …

2018-12-17: Making Space It’s been six and a half weeks since my daughter was born. This morning, for the first time, I …

2018-12-11: One at a Time The practice really does work one breath at a time. This is something I doubted before having a baby …

2018-11-18: Heaven I’m rocking in a rocking chair facing the window. The sun is streaming in. My wife is propped up on …

2018-10-26: Pause: Having a Baby! It’s time to put Grind Well on pause again for the moment, and it’s for the best possible reason. My …

2018-10-24: The Mindfulness Meme Sometimes “mindfulness” and “productivity” seem like twin memes. The best illustration of this is …

2018-10-23: Muscle Memory It’s clear that the objective of meditation is to cultivate a stable state of mindfulness that can …

2018-10-22: Crossing the Gap Meditation can be a lonely practice. All that really means is that the mind can be a lonely place. …

2018-10-21: What’s This? In order to keep meditating with commitment and intensity day after day, it helps to bring to it a …

2018-10-19: The Neighborhood This time of year — the perfect part of autumn before the infernal end of Daylight Savings Time — my …

2018-10-16: In the Mood I don’t think you have to be religious about mindfulness by any means, but I do think it helps. For …

2018-10-15: The Shift I don’t always feel an immediate, tangible benefit after I meditate, but it’s not exceedingly rare, …

2018-10-14: Should I frequently hear people — often in the midst of expressing how stressed out they are — utter the …

2018-10-08: Building Strength Meditators are so serious about the word “practice.” All its connotations seem to fit so well with …

2018-10-07: The Experiment On Sundays, I wake up at the exact same time and do the exact same meditation practice that I do on …

2018-10-05: Repeating Yourself It’s been months since my last retreat, and the memories of what it was like have faded. I remember …

2018-10-04: The Trust Paradox Here’s a paradox in meditation that bugs me sometimes: On one hand, human beings are basically …

2018-10-03: A Big Deal I don’t think it’s a good idea to make any spiritual practice into a really big deal. The tendency …

2018-09-28: The Long Morning The morning is a tragically underutilized resource. People seem to want to see as little of it as …

2018-09-27: The Volcano Even in a nice, long sit that feels really good, there’s still a lot going on. For me, it’s a …

2018-09-26: Spiritual Family When I started this site this summer, I wasn’t thinking about the High Holidays. I knew better than …

2018-09-23: Freedom of Choice Every time I meditate, I feel grateful to have this spiritual practice — and hobby, for that matter …

2018-09-21: Return There is one benefit to a break from regular practice. It may not outweigh the drawbacks — or the …

2018-09-13: Noise There are lots of reasons to do daily meditation practice in the morning. It starts the day off …

2018-09-12: Crash Landings Okay, I’ll admit it: I have a tendency toward emotional crash landings after prolonged stressful …

2018-09-06: Festival Time Meditation practice is typically taught as a stable routine — something to do every single day in …

2018-08-19: Pause: Gone to Burning Man We’ve reached an interesting juncture here at Grind Well. After a solid first month of posts, that …

2018-08-17: Appetites Last night, I ate my dinner too hungrily, and I burned the roof of my mouth. Now it’s eight in the …

2018-08-16: Mindfulness Politics Meditation seems to lead me towards an ever more universal perspective on human life. The more I sit …

2018-08-15: Painkillers Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, cannabis. Anti-depressants. Painkillers. You can learn a great deal …

2018-08-14: Just Trying to Help I never get up from a meditation session and think to myself, “I wish I hadn’t done that.” Even when …

2018-08-13: Life Stories After working on it for a month and a half, I finally finished writing the full story of my …

2018-08-12: Sacrifices This weekend in traditional Judaism, there was a lot of talk about animal sacrifices. We read the …

2018-08-10: Putting Out the Fire For mindfulness to have any ethical weight, it must involve looking out at the world. It’s not …

2018-08-09: Contemplative Time When practicing mindfulness, enjoyable mental states can be just as challenging as unpleasant ones. …

2018-08-08: Just Walking I had to take my car to the mechanic at 7 AM this morning, which threw off the ol’ routine. I could …

2018-08-07: The Hard Stuff The first meditation instruction is almost always to bring attention to the breath. Sometimes it’s …

2018-08-06: Ritual and Routine On one hand, I want meditation to be a mundane, routine health activity that fits unremarkably into …

2018-08-05: Notifications This morning, I did something I usually bend over backwards to avoid doing: I looked at my phone …

2018-08-03: Radioactive I have something big coming up in a couple weeks, and it’s bringing up a flood of distracting …

2018-08-02: Sleepy Mind The last couple days, I’ve been getting sleepy by the end of my morning sit. I don’t know what to do …

2018-08-01: Spiritual Animals I find it useful to think about spiritual practices as responses to our animal instincts. Very early …

2018-07-31: The Way Forward It’s so important to remember how negative emotions provide inspiration for practice. There are so …

2018-07-30: High Altitude Airplanes are great places for meditation. It may seem difficult at first, between the noise, the …

2018-07-29: The Full Moon I’ve been on an island for the past five days, and it’s doing something to my mind. The more I …

2018-07-26: Keeping On Meditating every single day seems really daunting if you imagine it as 30 (or so) minutes of …

2018-07-25: Passing Through Before sunrise this morning, after maybe two hours of sleep on a red-eye flight, I had the honor of …

2018-07-24: Doing Mindfulness I keep getting stuck on the word “mindfulness” this morning. I guess most of the time I can just …

2018-07-23: A Healthy Routine I have a somewhat fraught relationship with routine. On one hand, I crave it. I like to know what to …

2018-07-22: One Sip at a Time One of my favorite paradoxes of meditation is that it’s the only activity I can keep doing after I …

2018-07-20: Sitting in Action At times I’ve felt that daily meditation was too passive a practice — that the conditions of the …

2018-07-19: Finding My Seat Today I’m grateful for the Burmese posture, and to Rav James for instructing me to finally find my …

2018-07-18: Work and Play Last night I dreamt about taking photos and making art with a bunch of merry weirdos in a foreign …

2018-07-17: Counting Up This morning was the first time since the retreat that I didn’t look at my watch once during my …

2018-07-16: Resilience Meditation practice has always been about resilience for me. From the very first session, that …

2018-07-15: Deeper Than Stories When I left for the retreat two weeks ago, my daily spiritual practice had dwindled down to nothing. …

2018-07-13: A Retreat Within a Retreat I just got back from retreat. It is to my great benefit that I’ve returned not to Los Angeles but to …