show me ya ballot: the devil you know

It’s been a long, hard day and I’m grateful to have had the container of a Health Equity + Social Justice Workshop to process my outrage, grief, fear and — most surprising to me — an arising MISTRUST! And I respect my feelings and my mental/spiritual well-being enough to be honest and vocal about the…

mindfulness in a crisis

Originally posted on dhamma for mama*:
Exploded and firefighters are two words you don’t want to hear from an unfamiliar caller, informing you that your mother needs you to come over to the house immediately. Already in the car, heading in the opposite direction, with my husband thankfully behind the wheel. My first response was not…

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…

words to live by | alice walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. Become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge away the need. Wish for nothing larger Than your own small heart Or greater than a star; Tame wild disappointment With caress unmoved and…

words to live by

this pearl of wisdom was one of the most life-changing experiments my 20-something-year old self could have ever dared to undertake!

gathered + rooted: a new season of sangha

The 2016 Fall session of  the 3 Jewels Yoga Sangha will open on Sunday, October 9 with a deep focus on my oft-referenced endearment (and zen-trendy hashtag), The Suchness of Sangha. In the Buddhist vernacular “suchness” is the translation of the Pali world Tathātā and seeks to describe the essence of our perceived reality — and all…

monthly sit-together [8/14]: the stickiness of attachment

Relaxing our grip. Cultivating steadiness in the face of challenge and change. A timeless and always relevant topic was proposed for this Sunday’s monthly contemplation and discussion: Non-Attachment! 3 Jewels Yoga Sangha will explore the sticky dimensions of attachment — including in our exploration the relationship of Non-Attachment to Equanimity (steadiness or evenness of mind); the…

scenes from sangha

“while our society’s goal is betterment of the self, it is not a narcissistic self toward which we aspire, but a connected self, rooted in a loving transformative community. it is because of our participation in the WE that we learn to be an I. “in our communities, we not only learn how to love…

healing wisdom: on the embodiment of peace

“For a number of years, I believed God would finally and dramatically intervene on earth, initiating a worldwide reign of peace and justice. I no longer believe that. My Quaker morality will not permit me to assign to God the work of peace that rightly belongs to us… Jesus and other great spiritual teachers provide…