learning to let go. Woman smiling with self compassion

Learning to Let Go

  A central aspect of mindfulness practice is learning to let go of expectations of how things should be or musings on how they should have been and rest in the experience of what is in the present moment. Practicing in this way without judging ... Read more

Life Balance

Inner and Outer Change: A Life Balance

Dear Friends, Our mindfulness practice helps us to recognize how inevitable change is. One thought disappears into the next, the breath arises and passes away, sounds we’re hearing come and go, the sensation we found so unpleasant one moment is g... Read more

Relaxed Woman Writing in Journal

Mindful Writing—A Path to Resilience

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”—Anne Frank “When you’re writing, you’re trying to find out something which you don’t know.”—James Baldwin I have been known to say, “The older I get, the more I... Read more

woman meditating winter holidays

Gift Given to Everyone

The holidays can be demanding and stressful as well as a time for celebration, reflection, and gratitude. One thing I’ve been reflecting on this week is that we often take the gift of existence for granted. This gift, both ordinary and miraculous, is ... Read more

Two butterflies

The Myth of Our Forever Person

Our loved ones will one day leave us. Friends get mad and change priorities. People move away. Even a great, long marriage can end in untimely death. There is no Forever Person, and it’s a painful truth to sit with. But it is also one of the most libe... Read more

Woman meditating on rocks at the beach

Personalizing Your Practice

When I started meditating a long time ago, I thought there was one way to meditate. I was taught to put my attention on my breath and just watch it with my crazy mind, until I learned to accept whatever unexpected visitor, as Rumi said in the Guest Ho... Read more

The Invitation

In the year 2022 we continue to see our lives impacted by the persistent currents of personal and collective suffering like a River during a catastrophic flood that has breached its natural boundaries washing away our sense of belonging. The story of ... Read more

Ocean waves with sun

Everything Changes

In September I sent my teenager off to their first day of 8th grade. The ritual of school mornings these days looks and feels a lot different than it did 8 years ago - the freshness of early childhood has given way to adolescence. Zen teacher Suzu... Read more