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Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence
For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything’s... Read more >
Lessons from Kayaking: Finding a way to be with fear
Most of us spend a lot of our lives tensed up in fear, or pushing against fear.The fear might be fear... Read more >
Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable
Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable – Tara Brach
The modern-day mystic and Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello once said: “Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” This... Read more >
A Gesture of Kindness
The next time you find yourself in a bad mood, take a moment to pause and ask yourself, “What... Read more >
From Self-judgment to Compassion
We were three days into a weeklong meditation retreat when one of my students, Daniel, came in to see... Read more >
The Transforming Power of Mindful Prayer
Although not always highlighted in the West, prayer and devotion are a living stream in Buddhism. The earnest wishes... Read more >
Can You Medicate Meditation?
The use of anti-depressants by those involved in meditation practice is a very hot topic. Students often ask me... Read more >
Joy
Not too long ago, my ex-husband, Alex, brought us a big batch of his homemade almond butter. It is... Read more >
The Trance of Fear
All of us live with fear. Whenever fear takes over, we’re caught in what I call the trance of... Read more >
From Longing to Belonging
The great Tibetan yogi Milarepa spent many years living in isolation in a mountain cave. As part of his... Read more >
Taking Refuge in the Buddha
As a teacher I’m often asked: What does it mean in Buddhist practice when you agree to “take refuge”... Read more >
The Space Between the Logs
What makes a fire burn is the space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good... Read more >
Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence
For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything’s... Read more >
Living Whole-Heartedly
The happiest people I know have something in common: they are whole-hearted in how they engage in their lives…whole-hearted in... Read more >
Living Whole-Heartedly
The happiest people I know have something in common: they are whole-hearted in how they engage in their lives…whole-hearted in... Read more >
Rare and Precious Joy
When I talk to people about how much they experience joy, most say, “Not so much.” Joy is not... Read more >
Compassion
This is one of my favorite little stories: One afternoon, a tired-looking dog wandered into my yard and followed... Read more >
A Heart That Is Ready for Anything
When the Buddha was dying, he gave a final message to his beloved attendant Ananda, and to generations to... Read more >
It’s not what’s happening…it’s how you respond
One of my favorite stories took place a number of decades ago when the English had colonized India and... Read more >
The Mystery of Who We Are
I heard a story when my son was in a local Waldorf school, and I loved it. The children... Read more >