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, 9/10, 9/24     monthly sit-togethers @ heartdance studio: 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17 | for updates + announcements, follow our community on facebook! |

restoring memory

On this Sunday without Sangha, a memory from last year (27 Nov 2015 — the day after Thanksgiving) popped up on my Facebook newsfeed. A verse inspired by a beloved park trail where I’ve logged countless miles in a walking-running-praying meditation and, a hundred times over, awakened curiosity and understanding and mapped pathways toward reconciliation….

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…

special event | mindfulness immersion

This special event provides an opportunity for newcomers to learn about the foundations of our practices and for continuing practitioners to receive a refresher. There will be a chance to share insights, challenges, basic techniques and tips, and to ask questions. Enjoy the full experience or participate in either our regular Sunday morning session or 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…

Winter Immersion [1/24]: Faith + Discernment

“For faith to be alive and to deepen we need to use our power to inquire, to wonder, to explore our experience to see what is true for ourselves. This requires us to approach life with an inquisitive, eager, self-confident capacity to probe and question. It requires us to examine where we place our faith,…

conjuring grace in moments of distress

I put together these sustainable acts of self-care for a loved one after a conversation we shared about the challenges of tending to ourselves when the “stuff” of life storms through and leaves everything in a state of upheaval. Reading it over, I quickly recognized how necessary it was for me to remember to dose…

#WholyHappyHour [12/20]: Continuing the Practice of Becoming Our Own Refuge

Throughout this new season, our study and practice will be devoted to learning to hold space for ourselves and others in order to build trust, safety, skillful understanding and compassion in our spiritual community and in all relationships. Dec 20th | 11 AM – 12:30 PM at Heartdance Studio, 1806 E. Michigan Avenue Taking Refuge in…

#WholyHappyHour [12/6]: Taking Refuge in the Island of the Self

Throughout this new season, our study and practice will be devoted to learning to hold space for ourselves and others in order to build trust, safety, skillful understanding and compassion in our spiritual community and in all relationships. Dec 6th| 11 AM – 12:30 PM at Heartdance Studio, 1806 E. Michigan Avenue Taking Refuge in the…