Category: Mindfulness

Being Open to the Benefits of Nature

We need nature. Flowing water, plants, sunshine or clouds, the simple sounds of birds and breezes. Research is confirming the substance of what most of us intuit: we are better when we spend time in nature – happier, healthier, freer from the darkness that… Continue Reading “Being Open to the Benefits of Nature”

At Pedernales Falls

The Texas Hill Country is a beautiful region, and Meghan Cassidy and I finally got around to visiting it in mid-October. In our work on a forthcoming book on mindfulness in Texas’ nature, we have been to a lot of places around the “edges”… Continue Reading “At Pedernales Falls”

Mindfulness, Mountains & Snakes in the Big Bend

A few weeks ago, it was back to the Big Bend region with Meghan Cassidy for one of the last trips for the book on mindfulness in nature. I’ve made a number of trips there during the past twenty years, and my attachment to… Continue Reading “Mindfulness, Mountains & Snakes in the Big Bend”

A Few More Destinations

At the end of 2019, I wanted to write a book about practicing mindfulness in nature. I wanted to describe what it was like to let go of the background noise and pay attention fully to the present moment, while exploring the woods, the… Continue Reading “A Few More Destinations”

The Road to the Big Bend

June 16, 2021 The day-long drive set the stage for our arrival in the Big Bend country. The land became flatter and more arid, and the stretches between towns lengthened. We began to see dust devils spinning across short distances among the mesquite and… Continue Reading “The Road to the Big Bend”

The Cloud Castles of Heaven, Seen From the Texas Plains

Or, in Plain English, a Visit to Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge Last month, Meghan Cassidy, Paul Mendoza and I visited the Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge for two days, a brief trip in search of open skies, prairie, and Sandhill Cranes. It was part of… Continue Reading “The Cloud Castles of Heaven, Seen From the Texas Plains”

Examining Mindfulness – Notes From One Study

This isn’t the usual sort of post for this blog. I’m looking through some of the literature about mindfulness, and I plan to post a few summaries of studies, at least for my own understanding of it. If you’d like to look at little… Continue Reading “Examining Mindfulness – Notes From One Study”