Why Practice Mindfulness & Compassion During These Challenging Times

Welcome! Thank you for joining me as I share with you some reasons to practice mindfulness and compassion during this time of global crisis and societal change. Throughout this talk, we will engage in brief and simple practices that can  be used immediately. To move into a space of exploration, let us begin with aContinue reading “Why Practice Mindfulness & Compassion During These Challenging Times”

Meditation On Vacation With Kids

My family and I have begun our first day of vacation. I have always found maintaining my meditation practice on vacation with kids to be particularly challenging. This vacation I have vowed to meditate every morning. Well, if you saw me this morning, you would have seen someone quietly sitting on the hotel couch withContinue reading “Meditation On Vacation With Kids”

“What if this right now was enough?”

“What if this right now was enough?” is the question Anne Cushman, one of the four amazing mindfulness meditation teachers leading the 7 day silent retreat, asked as we began the week. This question became a seed planted in my heart, cultivated through 7 days of embodied mindfulness practices. The question became my guide throughContinue reading ““What if this right now was enough?””

Trippin’ Over Rocks – A Poem

Day after dayTrippin’ over rocksSometimes I forgotMy own two feet.So I stand up tallTouching the EarthRooted deepLike an ancient oak treeIn search of stability. Truth be told –I keep trippin’ over rocksDay after dayThe mind forsaking me.So I slow my paceTake a break from the raceTo tend to each stepIn search of awakening. Yet, IContinue reading “Trippin’ Over Rocks – A Poem”

The Echo of Kindness

Standing at the edge of the mountainTwo hands cupped around my mouth, Where do I belong? I shout.Right here!┬áThe echo returns.What is my purpose? I call back.To love!┬áThe 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”

Busy Mind, No Time? Try the Toasting Waffles Meditation.

Every morning my son loves to eat toasted waffles. It takes about 6 minutes for these frozen waffles to be ready for consumption. Some days I find myself standing there, gulping my coffee trying to wake up, zoning out or micro-managing everything. It dawned on me the other day that these 6 minutes are anContinue reading “Busy Mind, No Time? Try the Toasting Waffles Meditation.”

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”

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”