Embracing Our Common Humanity – Widening Our Circle of Compassion

Welcome to this fifth session in the eight week series on Engaged Mindfulness. This is also the third session focused on cultivating compassion. Opening Practice Christopher Germer, PhD, co-founder of Mindful Self-Compassion program, states, “A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”Continue reading “Embracing Our Common Humanity – Widening Our Circle of Compassion”

Showing Up For Life: Daily Intention Setting

Today, February 19th, marks six months since I started writing down a daily intention. The truth behind the maxim “what we practice gets stronger” has moved from intellect to embodiment for me. In August, my daughter came across a a 5 year memory journal at a gift shop. I had been exploring the power ofContinue reading “Showing Up For Life: Daily Intention Setting”

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”

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”

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”

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”