Year of Living Dangerously

In November 2014, I decided to take a month off from my daily writing practice. Big mistake. The more time that went by without writing, the more difficult it became to write again. By the time I wanted to write again, my life had expanded to fill the space and time I had used to…

Authoritarian Fall-Back

I haven’t slept in 4 days. Or maybe it’s 5 days.  I can’t remember anymore and it’s unimportant.  The point is that I’m bone tired and I’ve fallen into the patterns that I learned as a child.   The patterns I’m in do not foster connection with my family. They are authoritarian rather than authoritative…

How to Be Mindful on One Hour of Sleep

You were up late because of the baby, sick kids, a holiday party or a deadline. And today you stumble, bleary-eyed into the morning routine, snapping at your partner, blaming your kids for making you late and raging at the bad drivers on the road.  Even your morning coffee and the sugary carbs you deserved…

Meditating for Inner Knowledge

One of the translations of the word, Namaste, is “the light within me sees the light within you.” In other words, recognizing the inner strength in myself and seeing the same in others helps us recognize that there is no right and wrong, male and female, old and young, mean and kind, just people that…

Mindfulness App: 365 Happy Days

If I’ve done it right, this post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here. Much has been written about the disconnect created by our constant ability to receive information. More than ever, carving out a space for ourselves to experience full presence while living with ready access to distraction is important…

Stand in the Place Where You Are

Start at the place where your own feet stand. ~Zen Saying I escaped by myself to my favorite spot along the greenspace with its tangled bouganvilla and bushes, its trumpet vine-laden live oaks, its scrub jays and grey squirrels, its hidden fall wildflowers that only shyly show their faces after the greenery has been observed…