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Weekly Quotes 2015

Creating Change

1-5-15 Weekly Quotes: This Year, Live Your Life Fully Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale […]

Blessed with a Brain Tumor

It’s important to me that the resources offered here truly help us become more resilient – able to meet even the most difficult challenges of our lives with courage, compassion, and equanimity. Will Pye’s Blessed with a Brain Tumor: Realizing It’s All Gift and Learning to Receive is just such a resource. A dedicated student […]

Waking Up, Alive

Recovering resilience brings us immediately and often through the most difficult of human experiences – loss, betrayal, despair – to the recovery of possibilities, choices, and hope. Richard Heckler’s Waking Up, Alive is a deeply compassionate chronicle of that existential journey for those who have attempted suicide and, with hard work and perseverance, found their […]

Weekly Quotes 2014

1-6-14 Weekly Quotes: Reflections on Recovering from Busy-ness [A re-post from April 27, 2009; a way for me to recover from busy-ness] The tragedy with velocity as the answer to complexity is that, after awhile, you cannot see or comprehend anything that is not traveling at the same speed you are. And you actually start […]

From New Year’s Resolutions to Reliable Habits

Ten days into the new year, we may already be experiencing the falling away of the best of our intentions to create new wholesome habits. We really mean to exercise more, meditate more, give to charity more; we may be disappointed that we still haven’t gotten the new traction we surely meant to have. Creating […]

Weekly Quotes 2013

1-1-13 Weekly Quotes: Prayer for a New Year Prayer for a New Year May you awaken to new beginnings With an openness of heart And a quickening of soul. May you step wholeheartedly into this new year, To appreciate its abundant sweetness and To embrace in faith its certain sadness. May you re-awaken hopes and […]

Human Strength and Goodness After Sandy Hook

(I taught The Healing Power of Self-Compassion in the Wednesday morning meditation class at Spirit Rock Meditation Center yesterday. The post below came in from the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley about an hour before I taught the class. I was able to incorporate the main ideas of the research into my talk. […]


Transforming trash into music and joy Please, please view the less-than-four minutes landFillharmonic video of the recycled orchestra, kids playing classical music on instruments transformed from trash in Cateura, Paraguay. Hear Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik played on a cello made from an oil can and wooden pegs used to make gnocchi. You’ll be amazed and […]

Connecting through Safe and Loving Touch

As we move into the busy-ness, sometimes frenzy, of a holiday season, most of us earnestly seek the sense of connection, belonging and inner peace that can come from giving and receiving love and affection. Sharing the love, generosity and kindness that buoys and sustains us through times that could otherwise be lonely or disappointing. […]

Blessing the Space Between Us

(a practice for Thanksgiving, written by my friend Bette; title adapted from John O’Donohue’s lovely collection: To Bless the Space Between Us) Blessing Space Between Us May the presence and power of spirit surround, support and guide us and keep us safe. May we remember the deep love we have for each other. May we […]

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