when bad things happen to good Buddhists

Although I try to not address too many political issues on this blog, for reasons I hope to make clear if you choose to read this post, the coup d’etat which took … Read more

tears, just tears

"Black woman with pearls" Govert Flinck, Amsterdam 1648 - 1664/

Tears just flowed from my face when I heard Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate at only 22 years old, stride up to the microphone in front of an anxious … Read more

nurture your resilience

Realize that for many our negativity bias in steroids right now, and that’s OK. Notice the lovely things that happen in your day. Perhaps someone holds a door open to you at … Read more

Am I dreaming?

Second Dream, by J. J. Grandville (French, Nancy 1803–1847 Vanves)

Just as our mindfulness meditation builds the capacity to unemotionally witness the unfolding imagery in our waking state, it also allows our dream-awareness to neutrally observe its own late night show.   … Read more

it’s crooked!

There is a lot of pressure on the whole New Year’s thing this year, right? I mean, the pandemic, economic turmoil; not to mention I am behind a few loads of laundry. … Read more

thank you, nonetheless

Buddhism offers us a path to decolonize our own minds, thankfully. It not only teaches inclusion, it points out the shared insanity of separateness that causes so much suffering.   Lama Thubten … Read more

diving into the maelstrom

breath awarenss can steady you in any storm

The next tine you dive into another maelstrom… strap yourself with the rope of mindfulness onto the buoyant barrel of breath awareness. Oh, wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back … Read more

a moment of well being

Despite all that is wrong, I can still take delight in a moment of well-being.   News stories are not the conversation starters they used to be. In the day, I could … Read more

a peaceful, uneasy feeling

I feel that I should be above it all, but mostly I’m not.   I struggle with my emotions. Meditation helps a lot, but sometimes I am just plain sad or overcome … Read more

check the lining of your own mind

  Just when I thought things couldn’t get more dreadful, they did.   Yes, I know pandemics happen. Evolution hurts sometimes, I guess. Writing in the New York Times on September 23rd … Read more

now more than ever

The suffering in the world is overwhelming. But the whole mess looks differently when we have a rested, settled mind.   Everyone is frazzled. That’s why it’s really important to sit down … Read more