toward wholeness: nurturing interdependence {in honor of mlk jr}

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, Tied in a single thread of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds. ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…

embodied wisdom: 15-mile meditation

My foot, poised for motion, rests upon solid Earth. My lungs balloon open to capture Air. An expansion that readies my heart for the journey. Oxygen combusts into compassion. Fueled, I step into Wind’s welcoming arms. Blade-sharp chill cuts through illusion. Clear comprehension arises. Movement is my refuge: those sensations, vibrating upward from sole to soul, become…

toward wholeness: “song of myself”| walt whitman

 Song of Myself  [select verses] I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.  Clear and sweet is my soul, and clear and sweet is all that is not my soul. Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and…

Zen(x)Mas: Our Very First Family Holiday Card

Originally posted on dhamma for mama*:
No tree. No lights. No wrapping paper or gifts (from mom or dad, at least). No Santa. And, this year, no snow… Which is, as my 4 year-old son declared to his dad this morning, the sole factor dictating whether this “quintessential” winter holiday can happen (especially for us…

good spiritual friends: walking the path together

When a fellow member of my running group shared this image and quote with us all, I was “AUM-ing” and “AMEN-ing” at the simple truth of this message. The 8 miles I logged this morning in the company of friends made every step easier. Laughter, insights, wise counsel and encouragement filled every moment of our…

embodied practice: caring for ourselves + others

As sanghas around the globe are breathing deeply for our beloved Thây who is recovering from his recent hospitalization, I am remembering this beautiful practice that he teaches, which my dharma sister has shared with our community over the years: Second Body Practice. “Our practice is not an individual practice. We practice with other people, we…

embodied practice: delighting in breath (cooling + calming)

I have found Kaki (Beak) breathing technique to be one of the simplest to teach, learn, and, most important, to make a regular part of my practice.  I use it to cool down my body when I’m running or practicing an energizing yoga sequence, to quiet and center my mind while meditating or when a task…