Week of Awakening – September 2021

All pictures can be downloaded for personal use only. This week’s theme is HEARTMIND. When we begin to wake up to our lives, to truly know who is living our lives, we awaken the heartmind. The heartmind is our essence, our true nature, our innate goodness. It manifests as our ability to show up as ourContinue reading “Week of Awakening – September 2021”

Week of Awakening – August 2021

All photos can be downloaded for personal use only. I have just returned from my annual family trip to Mount Desert Island in Maine, the home of the majestic Acadia National Park. My husband, kids and I have been camping here since 2008. Here’s a post from 2018 – The Mountains Are Calling where IContinue reading “Week of Awakening – August 2021”

Week of Awakening – June 2021

Click to View Kick Off Meditation via Instagram The Path to Heartfulness This week’s intention is to awaken the forgotten truth of our heart – that we are lovable, we are loving, and we are love. Heartfulness is simply being full of heart, being full of tenderness, warmth, kindness, care, LOVE. To walk the path ofContinue reading “Week of Awakening – June 2021”

Week of Awakening – April 2021

Click to view the Kick Off Meditation from March 31st via Instagram Live Follow along for the next 7 days for short teachings on practicing and applying mindfulness and compassion in our daily lives. The intention is to encourage and inspire each of us to remember to wake up to our precious lives, to uncoverContinue reading “Week of Awakening – April 2021”

Rest in Love

Simple Supportive Practice (SSP) When we are faced with enormous suffering like the reality that 500,000+ people have died due to this pandemic and their families are left grieving, how do we do not lose hope? How do we maintain and cultivate our capacity to respond with compassion and care? We can ask ourselves, “WhatContinue reading “Rest in Love”

The Compassion Circle

A Simple Supportive Practice (SSP) I received this card from my brother and sister-in-law recently. I admit that it made me cry. Like so many, I have not seen family members in person for a long time. Even in the best conditions, we can experience feelings of loneliness. In a pandemic where many of usContinue reading “The Compassion Circle”

Heart Space: A Meditation Poem

The object of meditation isn’t to change ourselves, to throw out the old and bring in the new. It’s about making friends with ourselves, meeting each and every part of our lives with curiosity and compassion. Frank Ostaseki, The Five Invitations And belonging is our true nature. Sebene Selassie, You Belong: A Call for ConnectionContinue reading “Heart Space: A Meditation Poem”

Active Compassion – The Agency of Inner Practice

Welcome to the sixth session of this eight session series on Engaged Mindfulness. This is the last session in cultivating compassion. The topic is Active Compassion where we explore the relationship between our inner practice and compassionate action. We will also engaged in the meditative practice of tonglen, which can be done formally or onContinue reading “Active Compassion – The Agency of Inner Practice”

Cultivating (Self) Compassion: Strengthening Our Inner Ally

Welcome to the fourth session of an eight week series on Engaged Mindfulness Meditation. This is also the second of the four sessions focused on cultivating compassion. Opening Practice We begin with a meditation aimed to settle us into our physical space, drop into the body, notice the breath, and relax into stillness. We thenContinue reading “Cultivating (Self) Compassion: Strengthening Our Inner Ally”

Cultivating Compassion: Opening Our Hearts – Lovingkindness for Our Loved Ones & Selves

This third week’s talk begins with a brief settling and intention setting practice. Intention is our innate capacity to harness and direct our energy and effort at will. And as shared in session 1, intention is one of the three pillars of mindfulness – intention, attention and attitude. We began this series of talks withContinue reading “Cultivating Compassion: Opening Our Hearts – Lovingkindness for Our Loved Ones & Selves”