Nancy Giovino

Mansfield, MA, United States

About Nancy


Internal/external/universal seeker with constantly changing perceptions. Compellingly being called by internal/external/universal/seen and/or incomprehensible energies to dive deeper into openness; Consistently encountering challenges to present states of being; Often presupposing richness and goodness in the ever opening depths, only to be met by new frontiers of light/dark, madness/clarity, sharp/smooth, fullness/emptiness, intensity/boredom. I sometimes wonder if I love life too much! It is a precious gift it seems we must let go of. The continuous letting go can be so full of freedom and yet so excruciatingly painful. I am living. I, as we all, am a paradox. I am honored to BE.

These are a few of the experiences have had profound influence on my life:

Salesperson in high stakes position by recent trade.
Educated as a social worker MSW.
Former 15 year in home caretaker of a mother with alzheimers.
Italian heritage with four immigrant grandparents from Italy.
Raised Catholic and taught by progressive nuns in my youth.
Listening to people..

I'm passionate about

Learning everything I can learn and hoping to participate purposefully and with compassion.

Comments & conversations

Nancy Giovino
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we think without any presumptions?
I am not so sure about what you actually mean by thinking. I am attempting to actually define the concept of "thinking" ... So, can one really observe one's own thinking as a completely objective in Theravada meditation? or is this also in itself an aspect of thinking? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "thinking" as: 1. : the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts The Encyclopedia Britannica defines "thought" as: thought, covert symbolic responses to stimuli that are either intrinsic (arising from within) or extrinsic (arising from the environment). Thought, or thinking, is considered to mediate between inner activity and external stimuli. In everyday language, the word thinking covers several distinct psychological activities. It is sometimes a synonym for “tending to believe,” especially with less than full confidence (“I think that it will rain, but I am not sure”). At other times it denotes the degree of attentiveness (“I did it without thinking”) or whatever is in consciousness, especially if it refers to something outside the immediate environment Shakespeare says: “Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” William James says: ‘A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.’