Jonathan Foust

September 27, 2009

Inspired for a Reason

Filed under: Cool Things, Happy for No Reason, Observations — jonathanfoust @ 10:50 am

This is an amazingly creative and touching post on the New York Times blog about the city, volunteering and positive vibes.  Delightful.

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

(Thanks, Judith.)


September 24, 2009

Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope

Filed under: Dharma, Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 2:25 pm

Some inspiring words from Jane Goodall.  As a friend who passed this on to me said, “This will take an hour of your time to watch – a lot, I realize – but … oh!  How worth it!  It found my heart and brought me to tears.”

(Thank you, Elizabeth.)

September 17, 2009

Emptiness … and Form

Filed under: Dharma, Nature, Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 3:15 pm

This is mind-blowing.  Scientists pointed the Hubble telescope at ‘nothing’ and ….found something amazing.  My English major brain has trouble taking in this data.

This reminds me of Sri Nisargadata’s famous statement:

Wisdom tells me I am nothing.

Compassion tells me I am everything.

Between these two my life flows.

(Thanks, Mark.)

August 31, 2009

It’s Been a Year

Filed under: Observations, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 4:43 pm

Four faces

Wow.  A one year old blog.  I started this last August as a way to get some creative juices flowing.  It’s been fun!   I’ve tried to post something at least once a week whether it be a “Happy for No Reason video,” a thought sparked from a dharma talk, some photos I’d recently taken or a reference I thought might be interesting.

I’ve been delighted at the ‘following’ that’s developed and am tickled when someone tells me how much they enjoy it.

Feel free to send along a resource you think others might enjoy, as well as any suggestions and / or feedback.

Thanks for your attention!

August 26, 2009


Filed under: Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 7:11 am

This piece from Radio Lab is an exploration of a collection of moments.  When I feel sadness or regret I’ve come to notice that it is often when I recognize how much of my life I wasn’t there for – all the moments I missed because I was someone on my way somewhere else.

June 25, 2009

Don’t Go!

Filed under: Observations, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 11:10 am

Despite my dog’s attempt to not let me leave without him, I’m heading up to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to lead two programs.  The first is a three day program with my friends Shobhan and Danna Faulds called the Energy Intensive:  Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork.

The second program is called The Still Small Voice Within:  Meditation, Focusing and Intuition Training.  This four-day intensive is all about cultivating awareness through vipassana, developing a more refined sense of the ‘here and now’ in the body through Focusing and taking time to reflect on the questions we carry inside and how we can open to greater wisdom and compassion.

Nothing passive aggressive about this dog...

Nothing passive aggressive about this dog...

June 16, 2009

Enough is Enough

Filed under: Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 8:25 am

A few years ago I directed a conference at Kripalu Center called “Change Yourself, Change the World,” which featured Arun Gandhi, Julia Butterfly Hill and Wayne Muller.  Wayne, who is the Founder of Bread for the Journey, a micro-lending non-profit, is also author of Sabbath: Restoring the Rythmn of Rest, on the topic of taking time for self care.  Here’s a clip from him speaking on “Enough is Enough.”

Thanks, Judi.

June 14, 2009

Happy to Be Alive

Filed under: Observations, Quotation — jonathanfoust @ 1:51 pm

I’ve had a few near death experiences, the most dramatic being from going into anaphylactic shock from bee stings.  This article from the New York Times speaks of the joy that can emerge when we realize how easily our life can end.  I found the comments on the article as entertaining and touching as the article itself.

Thanks, Ellen!

June 4, 2009

Today is Under Construction

Filed under: Cool Things, Humor, Observations, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 7:35 am

Ain't that the Truth.

Thank you, Kyra.

May 31, 2009

Art for Art’s Sake

Filed under: Cool Things, Observations, Video — jonathanfoust @ 12:50 pm

Western-style Sand Painting:

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