#MarchMindfulness2016: Seeds of Mindfulness

As we enjoy the final days of March and the warmth of spring, I am feeling stretched by all the lessons that arose during this month spent renewing my commitment to compassion, understanding, and connection. S T R E T C H E D and TESTED! But those experiences only AFFIRMED what I know to…

Spring Series: Body As Nature

we inherited nature the moment we were born. the moment we came into existence, we entered the landscape of nature. in fact, we are nature. nature is form. body is form. body is nature. nature is body. ~Zenju Earthlyn Manuel Inspired by our Winter Immersion reading of The Way of Tenderness in which Zenju Earthlyn…

#MarchMindfulness2016: Shine Bright

Shine Bright! has been my personal mantra and my sideline cheer for others. But, oh, has this been a hard-won lesson to live into! I’ve learned to honor my gifts and skills, and the contributions I make within my circle of loved ones and within my community. Still it continues to be a practice around “enoughness”– giving enough, learning…

#MarchMindfulness2016: Reduce The Noise | LetWhyLead.com

Reducing the “Noise” — or practicing mindful consumption, which we Buddhist practitioners celebrate as part of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings — enables us to filter out content that triggers our anger, fear, judgment, resentment, and overall suffering. No, this is not about AVOIDING everything. However, staying #woke‪‬ (i.e. informed, conscious, enlightened, culturally competent) also means staying sane!…

#MarchMindfulness2016: The Power of Collective Energy

Lining Margaret Mead’s quote up alongside Thich Nhat Hanh’s, we can begin to understand our capacity as a spiritual community to multiply the compassion, skillful understanding, and authentic connection beyond the sacred time we spend together each week. Collectively, we carry this nurturing energy from the cushion into the community.   “The Sangha is made out of…

#MarchMindfulness2016: (G)litter Police

This is a parenting joy and a testament to the power of modeling for our children acts of care, connection, and skillful understanding. Without any prompting from me and entirely of his own accord, my Earth Day-born child was compelled to do his part by tending to our home and garden. Truly, no action nor…

#MarchMindfulness2016: The Art of Compassion | Pam Roy

  Each week, I send my dear friend and colleague an original piece of artwork — a symbol of my solidarity and a reminder that her bravery and patience as her family battles to triumph over recent illnesses matters. This is one way that I commit to shining love and light on the people that…

embodied practice: alice walker quote

  Celebrating the power of sangha and all who commit to the practice of: Showing up for ourselves so that we may be present and available in heart and mind to show up for others. Speaking our truth. Listening with open hearts. To be in the presence of such companions is fuel + balm for…

March Mindfulness 2016

It’s my fourth annual “call-to-action” to promote the practice of bringing skillful and compassionate awareness to how we engage, are impacted by, and then respond to the world around us. March heralds the coming of Spring and, with it, a sense of renewal! Let us take a few moments to refresh our commitment to self-inquiry and…