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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 >
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 >
Learning to Recognize Our Strategies
Whenever we find ourselves caught in what I call “the trance of unworthiness,” many of us tend to reflexively... Read more >
Growing Up Unworthy
In their book, Stories of the Spirit, Jack Kornfield and Christina Feldman tell this story: A family went out... Read more >
Fear as a Pathway to Loving Presence - Night Travelers
Imperfection Is Not Our Personal Problem
After graduating from college, I moved into an ashram, a spiritual community, and enthusiastically devoted myself to the lifestyle... Read more >
“My Religion is Kindness”
One of the wonderful teachings of the Dalai Lama, something he says quite regularly, is “My religion is kindness.”... Read more >
Everybody Has Buddha Nature – Tara Brach
You will be walking some night… It will be clear to you suddenly that you were about to escape,... Read more >
“Something is Wrong with Me”
When I was in college, I went off to the mountains for a weekend of hiking with an older,... Read more >
Reaching Across Years of Evolution
It’s quite interesting to me that from an evolutionary perspective, it was our vulnerability that gave rise to empathy... Read more >
The Lion’s Roar
We typically think of our happiness as dependent on certain good things happening. In the Buddhist tradition, the word... Read more >
Is this Universe a Friendly Place?
Albert Einstein was said to have proclaimed that the most important question any of us can ever ask ourselves... Read more >
Praying from Presence – Part 2
This is Part II of a two-part series. To read Part 1 – click here When we are suffering... Read more >
Praying from Presence – Part I
In moments of desperation, no matter what we believe, we all tend to reach out in prayer to something... 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 >
Taking Your Hands Off the Controls
As living organisms anxious about our existence, we’re all naturally rigged to want to manage our lives with the... Read more >
Space Between the Logs
This is from a poem that I love. It’s called, “Fire” by Judy Brown. What makes a fire burn... Read more >