practices

Using an ancient map to find our way home . . .

I keep this poem in a frame on my desk because long ago I learned from Soygal Rinpoche’s writings that our mind is like a flea. Thanks to him, one day when I was seriously considering suicide I sat and watched my mind for a few minutes and saw clearly for the first time that […]

An empowering survival strategy for these times . . .

I was watching a video in which Rick Hansen, neuropsychologist and author of the books Buddha’s Brain and One Good Thing, explained it wasn’t my fault that I focused more on negative thoughts than positive ones. It seems that the ancient part of our brains has a negativity bias, just like the antelopes in the African savannah. […]

Awakening Your Hero’s Journey

I had no idea how much my life would change the day I signed up for courses in Mythology and World Theatre my freshman year in college. Learning about the Hero’s Journey in the early 60’s opened a whole new world for me. Now, looking back over my life, I see that what I presumed was just sheer […]

What world are you creating today?

So, I know that we each create our own reality. And I know there is no way I can truly and deeply and completely comprehend the world that my partner Greg creates. Nor can he comprehend the world I create. We often joke about this, but it wasn’t until I saw this picture that shows the difference between what […]

Confessions of a Meditator

I have a confession to make. I don’t always meditate every day, even though I tell everyone they should. What happens to me is what happens to most of us. We have every intention to stop, to sit still for brief time, to just be. But life gets going, we get revved up, and the day […]