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  • Frida Kahlo, Viva La Vida, 1954
    Tom
    Even though it’s not the end of the year yet, Thanksgiving has always been a time of reflection for me. I look back with chagrin at all my failures and aspirations. And I think about our world. We
  • Tom
    According to later Buddhist thought, human beings are fundamentally good. This is not just a theory; it’s an unmistakable meditation insight. One could say that meditation is the practice of directly experiencing our essential goodness, our fundamentally healthy
  • Tom
    It’s been a year now since Trump was elected president. No matter what your party affiliation, or non-affiliation, this year-old administration has caused many to feel trepidation and uncertainty about the future. In his farewell address to the
  • Tom
    Understanding the central message of the Buddhist traditions can be a complex undertaking. I have met several people who have dedicated their entire adult lives to studying the sutras in the original languages. While their ability to synthesize
  • Tom
    When asked about the fruit of the spiritual life, the 13th century Japanese monk Dogen Zenji replied: “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” Mindfulness allows us to intimately see a flower, or watch a sunset, or eat a
  • Tom
    Fairy tales often convey deep meaning. Take Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the ugly duckling. A baby swan is orphaned and raised by ducks. The ducks know he is not one of them, and the little creature suffers
  • Tom
    I would like to address a couple of misconceptions I often hear regarding meditation and one’s emotional life. The first is we meditate to either to get rid of negative emotions, such as anger, or to manufacture positive
  • the face of metta
    Tom
    The meditation practice of metta, or loving-kindness, has had a profound effect on me over the years. I would like to touch on some of these as an offer of encouragement to discover the healing depth and profound
  • Tom
    Mindfulness helps us recognize the chronic frazzle, which is like discovering the horse you are riding has reigns. Actually sitting down to meditate is like gently tugging on those reigns for the restless energy to slow down. There
  • Tom
    A complaint I sometimes hear from folks who are trying to be happy by practicing meditation is that meditation is just not working. Putting effort to change your mental state does sometimes lead to frustration. Gratefulness, however, is
  • Tom
    The creator of a popular Mindfulness app was on Jimmy Fallon Live last Friday night, August 4. The headline caught my attention in my newsfeed the next day: “Headspace’s Andy Puddicombe guides Jimmy and the Tonight Show audience
  • Tom
      We suffer because we forget what we truly are. We take refuge and remember. We forget we are love and compassion; that we are hard-wired to feel and connect. We forget we are truly and profoundly good