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Finding Greater Meaning in Life Through Mindfulness, Stillness & Single Tasking

Finding Greater Meaning in Life Through Mindfulness, Stillness & Single Tasking by David Richards. Photograph of a lighthouse underneath the stars by Casey Horner
Photograph by Casey Horner

A journey of finding and redefining meaning, harnessing mindfulness, and intentional living, started with a single book

Flying home to North Carolina from Denver in February 2017, I held in my hands a copy of James Allen’s book, As a Man Thinketh. The purpose of my trip had been to pay respects to my uncle who had recently died of pancreatic cancer. In the last few years of his life, my uncle had devoted his energy and resources to creating a beautiful park which is where his service was held. 

I had stayed at his house while in town and had pulled the book from his home library. The book

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