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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 >
You Are Not Your Space Suit Self
Whatever came from being is caught up in being, drunkenly forgetting the way back. -Rumi We are born with... 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 >
Presence in the Face of Dying
At the end of a daylong meditation workshop, Pam, a woman in her late sixties, drew me aside. Her... Read more >
Living Life No Matter What
My earliest memories of being happy are of playing in the ocean. When our family began going to Cape... Read more >
The Suffering of Rejecting Desire
“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps... Read more >
Lost in the Pursuit of Substitutes
Ever since I was a teen, my drive to be productive has been a key strategy of what I... Read more >
Freedom Finds Us When We Pause
“Temporary nirvana.” This is how contemporary Thai Buddhist teacher Ajahan Buddhadasa describes the precious interludes between all our “doing;”... Read more >
Finding Your Querencia in the Pause
In bullfighting there is an interesting parallel to what I call the art of pausing, as a place of... Read more >
Radical Acceptance of Desire
When I was first introduced to Buddhism in a high school World Studies class, I dismissed it out-of-hand. This... Read more >
Saying Yes To Life As It Is
Zen teacher Ed Brown is a brilliant cook and founder of the Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, famous for... Read more >
Pain Is Not Wrong
Many years ago when I was pregnant with my son, I decided to have a home birth without drugs,... Read more >
Stories That Teach About Freedom
I was stunned by the news that Jesse was in critical condition with pneumonia and heart failure. We had... Read more >
Inviting Mara to Tea
  This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,... Read more >