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

This 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 with theContinue reading “Cultivating Compassion: Opening Our Hearts – Lovingkindness for Our Loved Ones & Selves”

The Echo of Kindness

Standing at the edge of the mountainTwo hands cupped around my mouth, Where do I belong? I shout.Right here! The echo returns.What is my purpose? I call back.To love! The echo singsAs the chirp of the birds,The rustling of the trees,The dance of the clouds Gently move my hands from my mouth to over my heart. TheContinue reading “The Echo of Kindness”

Carried by a River of Kindness

The inner critic, who lives inside all of us, can be quite pushy. My inner critic has become tamer as I deepen my mindfulness and compassion practice. While she may not bully me all day long anymore, her claws still attempt to wound me at times. Sharon Salzberg teaches that, “Mindfulness helps us get betterContinue reading “Carried by a River of Kindness”

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”

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”

Celebrating Connection: What Grannie Taught Me at Her 100th Birthday Party

Throughout history, the image of a grandmother has been one of a wise old woman who holds the family together while teaching important life lessons. At least once a month I can be heard saying, “As my grandmother says, ‘Put up or shut up.’” Yes, my grandmother taught me to either do something or simplyContinue reading “Celebrating Connection: What Grannie Taught Me at Her 100th Birthday Party”