on refuge + resistance | becoming a sanctuary

On Monday, I was overcome by emotion at the devastating stories of Muslim immigrants being cut off from their rightful homes — families, livelihoods, and beloved communities — here in the U.S. and of refugees, who had been promised entry on asylum, being sent back to waiting gallows. I became teary-eyed and shaky as I thought…

criteria for skillful communication

Last December, I was invited to give a presentation to fellow members of my local Facilitators Guild on the 4 Gates of Speech after referencing them in one of our monthly meetings. As I prepared, I discovered overlapping ideas across various wisdom traditions and expanded my presentation into a list of Criteria for Skillful Communication below.  Cultivating skillful…

zen + the art of celebrating your dopeness

“Don’t let this stop you from reveling in your own real, hard-won dopeness, or from believing in yourself… But does everyone else need to know? Are you still dope if no one hears you say it? Our lives have meaning beyond the public gaze. In the intimate spaces that we do not share with the…

awakening the voice of self-love

Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening. ~Lisa M. Hayes At the beginning of the month, Sangha decided our aspiration for study and practice in February would be (1) to dissolve the inner critic and (2) to awaken the voice of self-love. We all have experienced the harsh self-defeating tones of an inner…

on mindful consumption: magic of deep listening + skillful speech

essential food nothing can survive without food. everything we consume acts to either heal us or to poison us. we tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our bodies is also food. the conversations going…