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 >
Blog: Growing Up Unworthy
Blog: 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
Blog: 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 >
Blog: “Something is Wrong with Me”
Blog: “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 >
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 >
Blog: The Space Between the Logs
Blog: The 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 >
Space of Presence
Blog: Gift to the Soul: The Space of Presence
For many of us this is a season when it feels that we are going faster and faster. Everything’s... Read more >
Blog: Living Whole-Heartedly
Blog: Living Whole-Heartedly
The happiest people I know have something in common: they are whole-hearted in how they engage in their lives…whole-hearted in... Read more >
This is one of my favorite little stories: One afternoon, a tired-looking dog wandered into my yard and followed... Read more >
Daylong Workshop - Emotional Healing
Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable
The modern-day mystic and Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello once said: “Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” This... Read more >
Blog: Lessons from kayaking: Finding a way to be with fear
Blog: Lessons from kayaking: Finding a way to be with fear
Most of us spend a lot of our lives tensed up in fear, or pushing against fear. The fear... Read more >
“I realized I don’t have to believe my thoughts”
Our mindfulness practice is not about vanquishing our thoughts. It’s about becoming aware of the process of thinking so... Read more >