Trees, sky, and water

Responsibility Over Reactiveness

Over a thousand years ago, the great yogi scholar Atisha created a mind training that is still helpful today. “Drive all blames into one” is a slogan that addresses the way human beings so often place blame on others when things go awry. When some... Read more

Older adults at a party

Navigating Change and Transition in Elderhood

I catch a glimpse of myself in the hall mirror and see my white hair and the growing wrinkles that line my face. Who is that person looking back at me? My internal sense of myself largely remains the same, yet the visual effects of the passage of time... Read more

Mindfully Enhance Your Empathy

(This article is adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s Affirmations for Empaths: A Year of Guided Journaling and Dr. Ronald Alexander’s Core Creativity: The Mindful Way to Unlock Your Creative Self) Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and... Read more

Trio of red candles

Loving the Shadow of Our Desires

On a recent hike in Temescal Canyon, I passed a troop of summer campers. They were gathered around a picnic table, where their counselor was giving a brief lesson. “Repeat after me” he called out. “It’s ok to be afraid.” The kids joyfully responded: “... Read more

How to Curate Time

“We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson One of the great teachings of life is impermanence, the u... Read more

The Mindful Athlete

Did you know that you can improve your mindfulness skills anytime, anywhere—even while working out? In fact, incorporating mindfulness into your training can significantly improve your fitness and athletic performance. Staying in the right mindset is ... Read more

Music and Healing in Cambodia

  For generations, Khmer Buddhists in Cambodia and in global diaspora (including right here in Long Beach) have nourished musical practices that allow for healing in the wake of loss. The canonical Pali chant for recognizing that this life is sh... Read more

trees with sunlight

Find Your Peace in Nature

“If I really wanted to pray I′ll tell you what I′d do. I′d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I′d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I... Read more