invocation

— read at the interfaith thanksgiving service on 19 november 2018 — Inviting of the Bell — The sound of the bell is an invitation to inhabit body, heart and spirit with full and loving awareness. [Sounding of the Bell x 3]   Be Aware of the Earth that Supports You — May we remember and…

mourning, remembrance + appreciation

A dear friend sent this song to me the other day and, given all that we are holding in this week of mourning, remembrance and appreciation, it feels like timely medicine. May it help ground, center and fortify you in the face of any static you may encounter. #HowWeSunday Join Sangha for “Post-Holiday” Refuge +…

a bodhisattva votes

Originally posted on radical bodhicitta:
This Election Tuesday is momentual for me personally as I get to support two amazing women in my life in their campaigns for office — my cousin Shauna Dunnings, who’s running for Probate Judge, and my friend from high school Elissa Slotkin, who’s running for the 8th District U.S. Congressional seat!…

special event | radical bodhicitta — embodying justice, liberation + healing

Originally posted on radical bodhicitta:
In this 4-hour immersive experience, practitioners will be guided through embodied meditations and self-inquiry exercises to: Awaken and strengthen the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness and 5 Spiritual Faculties; Deepen skillful understanding of their relationship to privilege, power and oppression; Move toward skillful and sustainable action to cultivate justice, liberation and…

mutual care | locating needs

Grateful for the collective imagination and wisdom of Sangha! Last Sunday, our contemplation on Mutual Care inspired new queries to support us in identifying our current needs along with practices for honoring those needs. How do we assess when our needs are being met — by asking what fuels, inspires and restores our body, heart,…

refuge, resistance, resilience + radical self-expression

“The Sangha is an island of peace. The Sangha is a community of resistance against violence, hate and despair.”  — Thich Nhat Hanh These words of my root teacher Thây live at the core of our sangha’s suchness. They have shaped our evolution into a community of spiritual friends who find sanctuary in journeying together…

woman horizontal | tonglen in four parts

today, the exhale was the hardest. a trust fall in giving and taking —precious tears and shadowed fears, irrupted hopes and radical imaginings — into a world that cannot hold them gently. where supple lungs now resist the inhale, constricting to protect me from inviting in a swirl of noxious fumes (engineered to smother epiphanous dreams…

embodied prayer | transforming the heart

Through our collective musing last Sunday, it became clear to me that “Transformative Love” is the energy that changes the shape of our hearts and minds. As I become more and more of who I am — and something new — I am contemplating the question: What does this look, sound, feel and act like…

radical bodhicitta | justice is my love language

When I took the test for the 5 love languages years ago, it came as no surprise that my primary love language is acts of service (followed by quality time). Last Wednesday, I was invited to give a dharma talk on social justice at my root sangha and opened with Dr. Cornel West’s oft-quoted observation…

the eightfold path: skillful effort, skillful mindfulness + skillful concentration

Sangha committed several months to the study of 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’ve contemplated 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…

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…

mutual care | honoring needs

This Sunday, Sangha will open our season of contemplation and discernment with an inquiry into Mutual Care — with a specific focus on how we collectively respond to the new and/or changing accessibility needs of fellow practitioners. Some of the queries that will guide our discernment: What is our capacity for honoring our needs and the needs…

reclaiming rest

Naps on naps on naps! In this season of soul-tending, I’ve been relishing a slower pace and a quieter schedule where I can rest in the mundane. A key part in spinning down from the fullness of activities in previous months has been to recognize and accept that everyday doesn’t have to be purposeful or…

embodying radical self-expression

i am fierce, flawed, fragile, fear-facing and, above all, free. a decolonized mind, tearing down false refuges + unhooking from the iron yoke of twisted mores that decree how to love, learn, worship, succeed. a liberated soul, living into the sacred — on spirit’s clock, wisdom’s rhythm + body’s intuition. a rebel heart, pumping joy…

embodying resilience

i am lungs springing back oxgenated, fueled and aflamed to burn off toxins and tensions. the softening fist, fingers extending in a mudra of receptivity. emerging grace, wobbly-kneed and raw-skinned soles finding its footing, rebounding from stumbles, rising from falls. the heart willing (sometimes wavering), nevertheless ready to face the tenderness of being alive.

embodying resistance

i am an open heart — strong, free, full and clear as the bell itself. i am soft-flexed knees, gravity centered and recaliberated, surfboard-steady and supple to ride the waves of challenge and change. turning away from that which seeks to diminish, defeat or undo me — i protect my borders, restore breaches, preserve the…