Finding meaning in words

During the “Exploring the Impact of Contemplative Practices on Self and Students” retreat last week at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute — which, incidentally, was a fabulous space for the retreat — faculty from GVSU and FSU worked together to gain consensus on the meanings of couple of words. I provide here a few of the definitions of “mindfulness” that were proposed:

>> Non-attached;
>> Attention and awareness to the present moment without judgment;
>> Full awareness of the present moment;
>> Paying attention in the present moment without judgment; and
>> Deliberate awareness of the moment without judgment.

And here’s a little lagniappe:

Mindfulness image
From: Doug Neill

Mindfulness quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn
From: (Here’s an interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Retreat resources sent by Maureen:



As a follow-up to our retreat events, Maureen sent along these resources, links, books for your consideration!

  1. The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz and he makes a deck of meditation cards as well.
  2. The Law of Attraction Deck:
  3. Medicine Cards (Animal Symbolism):
  4. The Book of Symbols:
  5. The Green World Oracle (Trees):
  6.  Laura Rendon’s Sentipensante Pedagogy