What Meditation & Mindfulness are Really About

  As a long-time meditator and Buddhist, I am increasingly concerned about the level of appropriation of meditation practices.  I am especially frightened by people and professionals who claim to others that they are knowledgeable on the subject, to the point of calling themselves teachers, but who clearly promote a harmful and grossly misguided version of meditation. … Continue reading What Meditation & Mindfulness are Really About

Spaciousness Within the Mundane

I hate doing laundry.  I realize this is somewhat ridiculous. It would be one thing if this chore was an all day affair that involved boiling a huge vat of water over a fire, scrubbing clothes on a metal washboard with hard soap, and hanging the clothes on a line to dry. But in our … Continue reading Spaciousness Within the Mundane

Stay With Me | Why Being Present Makes or Breaks Relationships

The other night I was streaming an episode of the show American Odyssey when an intimate scene between two characters struck me in such a lovely way.  For those of you who don't know the show, it has a "network television series" feel to it and the main plot centers around a female soldier in the middle east who's presumed dead … Continue reading Stay With Me | Why Being Present Makes or Breaks Relationships

Socializing With the Past

Yesterday a dear friend whom I know from graduate school visited from London. Even though I adore her and have been excited about this visit for months, there was part of me that was undeniably anxious as the time to meet up with her drew near. Some of the anxiety was purely logistics--finding her when … Continue reading Socializing With the Past

Teaching and Being Taught Meditative Ways

Should we have a sincere wish to teach meditation to others, we must take a great deal of care on our path.  If we choose to strive toward teaching then our path must be two paths in one.  One path is the way of personal practice and the other is the way of teaching. To … Continue reading Teaching and Being Taught Meditative Ways

Suffering in Buddhism: It Might Not Be What You Think

For even the most serious practitioner, the notion of suffering in Buddhism might be misunderstood and I have a feeling that it comes down to how we relate to and understand the translations of the words.  In Buddhism, there is Samsara and Dukkha and they are very different.  To make it slightly more difficult, Dukkha … Continue reading Suffering in Buddhism: It Might Not Be What You Think

Ordinary Magic – The Present Moment Challenge

People who are from the Shambhala tradition are probably familiar with this term, Ordinary Magic, and if you're one of these people know that I have read very little of Chogyam Trungpa's writings. However, I find this phrase particularly important in my life right now. It is that which I misunderstood during my last spiritual … Continue reading Ordinary Magic – The Present Moment Challenge