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Meeting Our Edge and Softening
It’s another morning, another day of having to live inside a hurting body inherited from a little known, rare... Read more >
Deep Listening: Ear of the Heart
Blog: Deep Listening: Ear of the Heart
Most of us consider listening a great virtue. We love having others listen to us with interest and care,... Read more >
Learning To See Past The Mask
My friend Richie and I met when we were juniors in college. A shy, thoughtful African American man, he... Read more >
Blog: Awakening through Anger
Blog: Awakening Through Anger
One evening after my Wednesday night meditation class, Amy, a member of our D.C. meditation community, asked if we... Read more >
Entrusting Yourself to the Waves
I was drawn to my first Buddhist mindfulness retreat during a time when my son, Narayan, was four, and... Read more >
Letting Life Live Through Us
Many years ago, after several years of experiencing a long chronic illness, I attended a six-week Vipassana meditation retreat. Given... Read more >
Which Wolf Are You Feeding?
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as many people feared an ongoing and vicious spiral of retaliation and... Read more >
Rejecting the Wanting Self
“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps... Read more >
Soul Sadness
Blog: Connecting with Our ‘Soul Sadness’
Marge, a woman in our meditation community, was in a painful standoff with her teenage son. At fifteen, Micky... Read more >
Self-Forgiveness
Blog: Self-Forgiveness and Making Amends
We are deeply imprinted by the suffering we have caused others. This imprint is sometimes felt as shame, guilt,... Read more >
Meditation: Lovingkindness
Blog: Loosening the Grip of Core and Limiting Beliefs
I’ve gotten free of that ignorant fist that was pinching and  twisting my secret self.  The universe and the... Read more >
Opening the Gateway to Love
Blog: Opening the Gateway of Love
As one of the American pioneers credited for bringing Eastern spirituality to the West, Ram Dass had more than... Read more >
Blog: Suffering: The Call To Investigate Beliefs
Blog: Suffering: The Call To Investigate Beliefs
“Reality is always kinder than the stories we tell about it.” -Byron Katie Can you imagine understanding, even loving,... Read more >
The Opportunity of “The Magic Quarter-second”
In the book My Stroke of Insight, brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor explains that the natural life span of... Read more >
Stepping out of Obsessive Thinking
I’d gone into therapy during my sophomore year in college, and remember the day I brought up my current... Read more >
Planting Ourselves in the Universe
Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon, as well as all the... Read more >
The Radiant Awareness Living Through Us
Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you, as fish out of water hear the waves, or... Read more >
Meditating Daily…”No Matter What”
Even after practicing and teaching meditation for more than 35 years now, I truly understand that sustaining a regular... Read more >
Undoing All the Doings
Meditation students often ask me what will help them remember presence in the thick of things. My first response:... Read more >
Beyond the Defended Self
Beyond the Defended Self
During the years right after college, I was the director of a yoga studio at the ashram where I... Read more >