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 >
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
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 >