practicing through transitions

On Sunday, Sangha came full circle by closing our 7+ months of wholy happy hour in the same way that we opened our practice last fall — exploring the lessons of beginning anew as we shift from one season to the next. Whether we experience this transition as tumultuous, glorious, or equal parts of both, we recognized…

summer 2017 practices

Our summer practice schedule begins June 11th. | weather permitting | walking the labyrinth @ moores park: 6/11, 6//25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 8/27     monthly sit-togethers @ heartdance studio: 6/18, 7/16, 8/20 | for updates + announcements, follow our community on facebook! |

when + where we enter | abiding in the practice

We closed yesterday’s daylong practice of discernment and self-inquiry by reflecting on how we aspire to show up and carry what we have learned about cultivating radical bodhicitta — what I call the heart and mind of justice, liberation, and healing — into our ever-widening circles of compassionate social action. After everyone departed, I returned to…

the eightfold path: on skillful speech, skillful action + skillful livelihood

Sangha is studying how we “live into community” and the purpose of gathering as spiritual friends to build our capacity for skillfulness and resilience. To that end, we’re contemplating the Eightfold Path as a set of embodied practices that help us develop wisdom, ethical action, and various faculties that support our meditation. The Eightfold Path is the fourth of…

criteria for skillful communication

Last December, I was invited to give a presentation to fellow members of my local Facilitators Guild on the 4 Gates of Speech after referencing them in one of our monthly meetings. As I prepared, I discovered overlapping ideas across various wisdom traditions and expanded my presentation into a list of Criteria for Skillful Communication below.  Cultivating skillful…

the eightfold path: on skillful understanding + skillful thinking

Sangha is studying how we “live into community” and the purpose of gathering as spiritual friends to build our capacity for skillfulness and resilience. To that end, we’re contemplating the Eightfold Path as a set of embodied practices that help us develop wisdom, ethical action, and various faculties that support our meditation. The Eightfold Path is the fourth of…

living into community: capacity, commitment, contribution

GETTING CLEAR + LOCATING INTENTION Sangha moved into the first month of our new season with an exercise in beginning anew by shining the light on the essential elements that give shape to our experience of living into community and nurturing spiritual friendship (kalyana-mittata). We named our individual aspirations and intentions for seeking spiritual connection within a…

wisdom files

This is a living “library” comprised of suggested readings for Sangha and the frequently-referenced texts used in our practice, which I have also linked throughout my various writings over the years. It is certainly not intended to be comprehensive. Rather it reflects my personal approach to this spiritual path of study and practice — informing what…

beyond asana

If you’re finding 3 Jewels Yoga for the first time or visiting after an absence, you may be wondering where the “yoga” classes can be found. For 10 years, I’ve been cultivating my teaching practice on the foundations of Movement, Mindfulness + Meditation. Of these three, the movement has transformed the most — expanding from…

embodied meditation: the practice of arriving

The Practice of Arriving I’ve experienced the deep bone-weary tension of walking into a studio or temple after a full day of “doing” and feeling like I have to wrestle a boa constrictor before I can relax into my practice. It took time for me to recognize the insidious pressures and misconceptions that arise with…

#marchmindfulness2017 | on women cultivating community rooted in liberation

“As women, we have been taught to either ignore our differences, or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change. Without community there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between and individual and her oppression. But community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic…

march mindfulness 2017 | on justice, liberation + healing

Each year I launch this campaign to uplift wisdom, values, teachings and affirmations that nourish our capacity for compassion, skillful understanding, and authentic connection. Aligned with Sangha’s monthly contemplation and culminating with my upcoming workshop, When + Where We Enter, we’ll shine the light on and look deeply into practices of Justice, Liberation + Healing….

on refuge + resistance | surviving to sustain skillful action

Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses; for instance, it is learning to address each other’s difference with respect. We share a common interest, survival, and it cannot be pursued in isolation from others simply because their differences…

on refuge + resistance | becoming a sanctuary

On Monday, I was overcome by emotion at the devastating stories of Muslim immigrants being cut off from their rightful homes — families, livelihoods, and beloved communities — here in the U.S. and of refugees, who had been promised entry on asylum, being sent back to waiting gallows. I became teary-eyed and shaky as I thought…

on refuge + resistance | today we march

Reclaim. Resist. Rise Up! For Justice. For Equity. For A Future To Be Possible. #MarchOnWashington #MarchOnLansing #SisterMarch #WhyIMarch For those who came before me — for their sacrifices, suffering, and will to survive. It’s in my DNA to give a damn! I embody privilege and risk as an educated cis-hetero black woman who is the daughter of an…

on refuge + resistance | the ghostlight project

A brave space Not a left space Not a right space Not hard space Not a soft space A space willing to endure the harsh light of scrutiny A space prepared to turn that light on life itself and explore the cracks and blemishes, yet still celebrate the magic and mystery of our existence In…