And the mindful number is 201,657

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The mindful number is 201,657. It was just about a year ago that I announced I would be starting a daily email on mindfulness. Now, I’ve been sending emails to students since 1997. At times, I’ve even done daily emails in our Tai Chi programs. But usually, those daily email sequences are only a few […]

That’s poor customer service

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I got an email the other day from Mindful Master Matthew. Mathew has been one of our most dedicated members. He’s been in my courses and programs since 2007. He emailed me the other day after he got his Mindful Masters newsletter. There was a problem. It was water damaged. He said that it looked […]

You are NOT mindfully listening

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Saying the word “water” doesn’t make you wet. Doesn’t matter how many times you say it. You can say it a hundred times and still be dry as bone. Same with thinking about water. You can think, meditate, and visualize water all you want. But you’ll still be high and dry. Because the only way […]

There are no individuals here

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“There are no individuals here. We are the Borg.” – Star Trek: Voyager, “Survival Instinct”, Season 6, Episode 2 “We are the government.” – from an email received last week   Five TV series, twelve feature films, hundreds of books, an animated series, comics (excuse me, graphic novels), games, fan fiction – there’s a lot […]

Render unto Caesar

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So as I’m writing this email, I’m sitting in a lobby of an office building. I’m waiting for an appointment with my accountant. For those of you outside the U.S., April is the time of year when subjects of the empire render unto Caesar not only what is Caesar’s, but a good portion of what […]

The $10,000 question of mindfulness

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In yesterday’s email, I talked about a licensed clinical social worker. He had signed up for one of our mindfulness courses. He wanted to see if the course would be right for some of his clients. The end result was that I cancelled his order. I wouldn’t send him the course under those conditions.   […]

Mindfulness is not for others …

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This past weekend, I offered a special discount on one of our mindfulness courses. One person ordered the course, and then sent me this email …   —–Original Message—– From: [name withheld] To: Al Simon Sent: Saturday, April 05, 2014 6:05:07 AM What, if any, experiences do you have, with your program, in treating sexual […]

What’s the name of that red flower with thorns?

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Two elderly couples were having dinner together at the one couple’s home. After dinner, the wives went into the kitchen to talk, while the two guys stayed at the table talking. One of old guys said to the other, “My wife and I went out to a great restaurant last night, one we’d never been […]

Carlin, master of mindfulness

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I was maybe eight or nine when I first saw George Carlin on TV. It might have been the Mike Douglas show, or maybe Merv Griffin. I don’t remember exactly. I thought he was funny, which led me to think of him as a comedian. But my views on Carlin changed as I grew older. […]

Picture a Zen master …

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Picture a Zen master sitting in meditation. You first notice the meditation room. The room is quiet, just a few nature sounds working their way in through the open windows from the garden outside. There is just the faintest whiff of incense in the air. The bamboo floor is immaculately clean. You notice a few […]