About the blogger

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I’m Tom Cummings, a 67-year-old meditation practitioner and student of Buddhism.  I live in Westchester, New York, with my wife of 27 years, and occasionally with one or both of our 22-year-old twins, a son and a daughter, when they’re home for a brief visit from their current out-of-state domiciles – the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia, PA (him, about to graduate in June 2017) and Orlando, FL (her, completing a six-month internship at DisneyWorld in July 2017).

I started this blog in 2011, as the main feature on the home page of my old (and now-defunct) professional website. At the time, I was a personal life coach and executive consultant, working with both individual and corporate clients to support them in becoming more effective in their personal relationships and professional endeavors.

It was doing this work that first brought mindfulness practice to my attention.  I had begun practicing yoga and meditation as a means of improving my focus and concentration during sessions with my clients, and before long I noticed that I was becoming more centered and self-aware in every other area of my life as well.  And then I noticed  that the most successful of my clients were invariably those who had become most mindful throughout the entire week about the work we were doing in our once-a-week hourly sessions together.

This is when (and why) I began to practice meditation in earnest, and to study Buddhism. And now that I am no longer actively engaged with clients, both the practice and the study are the twin cornerstones of my day-to-day life.

Posting to this blog on a periodic basis affords me the opportunity to deepen my understanding through the discipline of writing, and gives me the pleasure of exchanging thoughts with, and learning from, readers who share my interests in mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist philosophy.

I welcome your comments on any of the posts in this blog, and I invite you to connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

{This page was last updated on June 1st, 2017}

2 Responses to About the blogger

  1. Jack Saunsea says:

    What does it mean to be an ‘aspiring’ practitioner?

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    • Tom Cummings says:

      I appreciate your question! The more I ponder it, the more I realize that the phrase “aspiring practitioner” lacks clarity. I know what I intended it to connote – the idea that as a practitioner, I am always aspiring to be more mindful. I don’t believe that I will ever be done with this practice, or that there will ever come a time when I will have attained a perfect state of mindfulness and will therefore no longer need to practice. However, my unfortunate phrasing suggests that I am aspiring to be a practitioner, rather than aspiring to be more mindful more often. The next time I update my Bio page, I will change the wording accordingly. Thanks very much for prompting me to think about this more carefully.

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