Inside the Flame invites readers to unplug their computers, cell phones, and televisions and plunge back into overlooked nooks and crannies of everyday experience. We’ve lost touch with the richness of the tangible and with it our reverence for the physical world. Our ability to focus on the here and now is in crisis. By illuminating ways to take a closer look at the world around, Inside the Flame will help readers heighten their surroundings, tune the volume more precisely, and live lives that are fuller, richer, more mindful, and more compassionately interwoven with others. Inside the Flame illustrates how attentive experience brings the world close, and how the world responds by infusing us with bold colors, memorable textures, and a more widely open heart.
For the past two and a half decades Christina Waters has worked as a journalist specializing in the arts, film, food, and wine for a variety of San Francisco Bay area and national publications. She has been nominated three times for James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, and has lectured in Art, Environmental Ethics, and Film at UCSC for the past 20 years. A lifelong musician, Waters performs with the Cabrillo College Symphonic Choir and the UCSC Concert Choir.
Buddhist teachings and meditation offer a roadmap to help college students and others in early adulthood incorporate mindfulness into their lives as a means of facing the myriad struggles unique to this stage of life.