Blog: You Are Not Your Space Suit Self
Blog: 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 >
Blog: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves
Blog: 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 >
Blog: Presence in the Face of Dying
Blog: 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 >
Blog: The Suffering of Rejecting Desire
Blog: 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 >
Blog: Lost in the Pursuit of Substitutes
Blog: 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 >
Blog: Radical Acceptance of Desire
Blog: 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 >
Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence
Blog: 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 >
Inquiry and Naming: Practices to Dispel the Trance
Sometimes, when our carefully constructed lives seem to be falling apart – when we get a divorce, lose a... Read more >
When We Don’t Make Anything “Wrong”
Sometimes when I talk about Radical Acceptance, I like to tell the story about Jacob, a man who at... Read more >
Blog: The Sacred Pause
Blog: The Sacred Pause
In our lives we often find ourselves in situations we can’t control, circumstances in which none of our strategies... Read more >
When We Stop Running
Siddhartha, the Buddha-to-be, was the son of a wealthy king who ruled over a beautiful kingdom in the foothills... Read more >
Running Away Deepens the Trance
A traditional folk tale tells the story of a man who becomes so frightened by his own shadow that... Read more >
Unfolding the Wings of Acceptance
When we are caught in the trance of unworthiness, we do not clearly recognize what is happening inside us,... Read more >
Accepting Absolutely Everything
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers... Read more >