"There is no enlightenment outside of daily life." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh There are countless ways we try and escape from the present moment, our daily lives never serve us short on distractions, but we (I) do plenty a good job on my own coming up with ways to comfort or decompress or put off … Continue reading Stop. Look. Listen.
Somehow I've shifted tracks. Like a train headed in one direction but that somewhere along the way began the subtle veer toward the right until on a different track completely. It's so easy to do. And when I finally notice, it seems I've traveled so far off course that some drastic action is needed to … Continue reading (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
What if I allowed myself to feel worthy of feeling all of the love, all of the joy I can possibly contain right now. It is available. It doesn’t come and go with the good days or the bad days, the relationships in my life, my mistakes or victories. It is always there. Maybe I just try it … Continue reading Abandoning our post.
Today my practice is courage. Every day that I come to sit is a courageous act. The fear may come in form of excuses and of distractions, giving the illusion of urgency. My partner reminded me that there is almost always at least a 5-10 second space we can take before reacting to a situation. … Continue reading Radical non-action.
Several months into my pregnancy with my son, I was fighting what I rightfully ascertained as the slow and steady ebbing away of any sense of control I had over my life. I had not planned to become a parent. From all angles, it did not appear that it was even a responsible thing to do. … Continue reading What You Seek.
I am a fan of creating routines, schedules and lists to keep me on track. The most popular self-improvement rhetoric will not debate the secret to sustaining anything worthwhile, from exercising to writing to a meditation practice: schedule it and commit to sticking to the schedule. My partner often enjoys reflecting on the accomplishments or of the week/month/season and … Continue reading Not Seamless.
Never before in my life has every spare moment mattered so much. As parents and care-givers of small children we can't really dictate the majority of how the day unfolds. We start with intention. Second, we let go of expectation. What is the point of that? it is tempting to ask. Without intention, we are … Continue reading Power in the pause.
There are many styles and traditions of meditation. You can google "How to Meditate" and get an overwhelming amount of info. Karen Maezen Miller offers her own instructions on Zazen meditation. Kundalini meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Guided Visualization, Tonglen, Qi gong…and others, all which offer great benefits and one day I hope to explore each more … Continue reading DIY.
Prior to the birth of my child, I had a semi-regular meditation practice. Fifteen months later, emerging out of the primitive trenches of early motherhood I stepped blinking back into the rest of the world and I felt a little unsure of where I had left myself along the way. How does a parent find … Continue reading Begin where you are.