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

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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

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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

Buddha with gold background

The Compassionate Heart

Over the past seventeen years I have known Venerable Dhamananda we have had many discussions about compassion. She has helped me accept that there is no magic formula to learn how to be more compassionate; it is our practice that leads us on the pathw... Read more

Latinx woman meditating

Self Compassion for Anxiety

Anxiety and I are long-time friends. She has been present in my life since my earliest memories. However, we weren’t always friends and I didn’t know her name was anxiety until later in life. I gave anxiety a “her” pronoun because I have discovered th... Read more

Kuan Yin Bodhisattva

Devotional Practice for a Peaceful Heart

There is a conundrum in spiritual practice. “I” practice meditation or Dharma to find peace of mind and that “me” must do something to get there. And yet, the very idea of me doing it, for myself, for my suffering, and the notion of “getting there” ar... Read more