bearing witness | looking back, beneath + beyond

Our fall series, Bearing Witness begins this Sunday! Over the next few months, we’ll be looking back, beneath + beyond as we contemplate a range of queries as practices related to our encounters with joy, sorrow, in/justice, forgiveness and reconciliation. 11 am – 1 pm | Heartdance Studio 1806 E. Michigan AvenueDANA/DONATION: $5  Doors open…

when harvest is a feast for body, heart + soul

sun + breath + good spiritual friends + scratch-made yummies = harvest! Thank you, loves, for sharing your gifts — hugs, hearts, laughter, presence, silence, curiosities, discoveries, baking/gardening/pickling talents…and so much more! We’ll take refuge in the full embrace of Sangha on October 8th when our fall series Bearing Witness begins.

woman horizontal | bless it all

the blessing of breath + loving awareness has centered + restored me in body, heart + mind. the blessing of acknowledgement + appreciation for all parts of my journey — shadow + sunshine — has enabled me to celebrate both my progress + the possibilities for continued evolution. the blessing of honoring the lessons, opportunities…

walking the labyrinth | harvest party

September 24th 11 AM – 1 PM @ Moores Park I’ll always remember my aunt telling me long ago that your friends are your assets. I’m blessed to say that my good spiritual friends are my Harvest!  So on Sunday, we’ll celebrate the Suchness of Sangha and all that we’ve learned and all the ways…

how we sunday | yantra bouquet 

Love that this gorgeous bouquet serendipitously became the yantra for our meditation and contemplation: Turning toward the joy and magic of harvest — reaping and celebrating the abundance we’ve earned in the form of clarity, truth and authenticity, love with wisdom, trust and accountability. Thank you for these gifts, my friends!

on the dharma shelf | september 2017

when you value interfaith learning and being spiritually multilingual: Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies + the Justice of God by Kelly Brown Douglas Bearing Witness: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Making Peace by Bernie Glassman The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations by Mary Schaller + John Crilly Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor

bearing witness | on the delusion of colorblindness

Open ya eyes wide and see the truth of the skin I’m in. #TakeItAllIn As a Dharma practitioner, I have cultivated Sangha on the sacred grounds of the Satipatthana Sutta (the Four Establishments of Mindfulness) and, in our gatherings, turn us again and again and again back to this foundational practice that teaches us to…

on spiritual accounting, resistance + boundaries

​I usually tune out during commercials, but when I heard Iyanla drop this gem in a teaser for her new season of Fix My Life, I woke the hell up! I know what resistance looks, sounds, and feels like (thank the goddess I’ve learned to own mine). And, as an empath, I’ve been admittedly agitated…

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…

dirt + dharma | healing through transformation

a tree in transformation. some may see it as a premature sign of fall and lament the coming season of harvest. but this here is actually a sign of distress and, most importantly, of its inherent capacity for self-preservation by inducing its transformation in order to heal! its profound cellular wisdom illuminates the beauty in the…