No Mud No Lotus – Nurturing Love Through Our Suffering

No Mud, No Lotus is a well-known quote by the renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hahn. When I first read this quote, it did not resonate with me. Sure, plants need dirt to grow, but what does this have to do with mindfulness practice? Well, today I listened to a talk by Tara Brach –Continue reading “No Mud No Lotus – Nurturing Love Through Our Suffering”

Cultivate Compassionate Connections: Join a Parent Book Club

“It’s natural for parents to want to help their kids feel good, but what we may be missing is also helping them care about others.” ~ Michele Borba Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World I recently had the privilege of co-facilitating my kids’ school district’s first parent book club. It was a collaborationContinue reading “Cultivate Compassionate Connections: Join a Parent Book Club”

Mindful Parenting: Failure, Compassion & Growth

If we can hold our anger, our sorrow, and our fear with the energy of mindfulness, we will be able to recognize the roots of our suffering. We will be able to recognize the suffering in the people we love as well. Mindfulness helps us to not be angry at our loved ones, because whenContinue reading “Mindful Parenting: Failure, Compassion & Growth”

My Mindful Journey of Weight Management

Friday 1/11 Writing this post is very uncomfortable for me, but I was inspired by someone for whom I have a lot of respect and is sharing her weight loss journey online. I read her online journal today – the day that I have vowed to take back my health and lose this weight forContinue reading “My Mindful Journey of Weight Management”

Everyday Kindness – Tools for Continued Cultivation

Last year I wrote a post about Growing Kindness in our Families and Classrooms, which focused on tips for creating an Acts of Kindness Calendar with children.  In an effort to build upon this post, I have created both a set of Every Day Kindness Cards and Calendar to be used for both adults andContinue reading “Everyday Kindness – Tools for Continued Cultivation”

A Thanksgiving Meditation: The Gift of Giving & Receiving

Gratitude is, first and foremost, a way of seeing that alters our gaze. ~ Robert Emmons, Gratitude scientist For many people, the holiday of Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate the joy of connection. For some people, this holiday may bring up stress and anxiety.  And for most, itContinue reading “A Thanksgiving Meditation: The Gift of Giving & Receiving”

How to Cultivate Compassion in 12 Words

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. ~ from Mary Oliver’s poem Sometimes How does one cultivate compassion? Why should we even bother? Mary Oliver answers these questions in just 12 words. If we read between the lines we will find the beautiful gifts we give and receive from compassion cultivation.Continue reading “How to Cultivate Compassion in 12 Words”

The Mountains Are Calling: Come Nurture Courage, Compassion & Connection

The moment I drove onto Mount Desert Island in Maine, the home of Acadia National Park, my entire body tingled with the excitement of seeing and experiencing nature’s beauty and the challenge of exploring her varied terrain in hiking boots. So far this summer, I have explored three National Parks.  And I am so grateful!!!Continue reading “The Mountains Are Calling: Come Nurture Courage, Compassion & Connection”

Lovingkindness Notes – Opening Our Hearts

Posted next to my front door is a postcard I received from attending a retreat led by Sharon Salzberg. The postcard reads, “Do a simple act of kindness everyday.” I placed it here so that I have the constant reminder to choose kindness, to embody it, to live it.  As I have spent these pastContinue reading “Lovingkindness Notes – Opening Our Hearts”

Growing Kindness in Schools

“You clearly have the capacity to be kind,” my 5th grade daughter’s principal reads from his moving up ceremony speech. “Yes!” I wanted to stand up and cheer. Kindness is a capacity, a skill, that we can cultivate and strengthen through practice. Children learn early on the value of kind thinking and actions through watchingContinue reading “Growing Kindness in Schools”