The Mind-Body-Soul Benefit of Dhyana

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As modern humans, our brain’s pleasure-centers are unavoidably tied to sources of instant gratification and constant distraction, such as text-message pings, YouTube memes, and social media likes. These may be exciting and entertaining at times, but when our relationship to them is left unchecked, our spiritual lives suffer. Why? In Sanskrit, there is a word that can help […]

A LESSON IN CIVILITY FROM THE ANIMALS

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It is no wonder that in the flock of geese who have lived together for generations, migrating from here to there, that there is never a mass murderer. It is no wonder that even the finicky, energetic donkey lives in peace with her family. It is no wonder that the birds fly and sing in […]

What is the purpose of it all?

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“The very purpose of our life is for happiness.”  – His Holiness the Dalai Lama What is your definition of happiness?  This isn’t a conceptual question but one that I hope you will give your attention.  I hope that you will write it down, look at it, wordsmith your creation, breathe it in, make your final […]

Welcome To The Rerun of The Family Sh*tshow

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On Thanksgiving, one of the most optimistic, passionate lovers of life said to me: “Now begins the Annual Sh*tshow Season.  Between now and December 31st, everyone will meet their match.” I suspect this generated nodding heads from all of us on some level as we’ll find ourselves at dinner tables with family members who are […]

WHAT ARE YOU GROOVING?

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When we think about our life’s purpose, it can feel overwhelming and nebulous. But really, our life path is a compilation of finite moments.  To create an impact, we must bring choice to the moment.  In choice, we are awake to our impact, the request of the moment, the opportunity of this situation.  Who are […]

Are we better off or just strung out?

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I’ve been grappling with the role of technology in my life. Not in a “hmmm…. I wonder how I can create more meaning and less noise from these devices” but from a place of truly seeing how technology impacts quality of life, time optimization, authentic, deep connections, creativity, and spiritual practice. Technology comes to us […]

Enjoyment as Path to JOY

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There is a rigor to mundaneness of life… the doing of the dishes, folding that ridiculous fitted sheet, and telling your child for the 4th time to pick up their shoes. Today as I am teaching Maya the life art of getting a project from start to finish without distraction as she is splayed over […]

What is your authentic voice?

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I have a dear friend who was born to be on a grand stage. Her ideas are powerful, her voice mesmerizing, and her intention pure. I have an equally soul & heart wide open friend who has no desire to speak to masses and thrives in intimate connection; one-on-one, eye-to-eye, breath-to-breath. However you perceive your […]