March Mindfulness 2016

It’s my fourth annual “call-to-action” to promote the practice of bringing skillful and compassionate awareness to how we engage, are impacted by, and then respond to the world around us. March heralds the coming of Spring and, with it, a sense of renewal! Let us take a few moments to refresh our commitment to self-inquiry and…

embodied wisdom: on self-acceptance

~ from Mentoring: The Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom by C.A. Huang + J. Lynch In Body Awareness Bootcamp, practitioners are invited to “go deep to come home” and awaken clear comprehension and compassionate action (small steps, sustainable choices).  Home, to the center of the self: the heart, where the seeds of self-compassion, self-acceptance,…

embodied practice: on whole body awareness

Living, the whole body carries its meaning and tells its own story, standing, sitting, walking, awake or asleep. It pulls all the life up into the face of the philosopher, and sends it all down into the legs of the dancer. A casual world over-emphasizes the face. Memory likes to recall the whole body. It…

embodied practice: on the suchness of sangha

“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.” ~Raymond Carver What We Talk About When We Talk About Love This gem was quoted in the film Stuck In Love (so-so) and…

embodied practice: the healing power of community

The energy of a community of mindfulness can help us embrace and release suffering that we could not reach by ourselves… If we open our hearts, the collective energy of the community can penetrate the suffering inside us. ~Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Communicating