Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Moving from Separation to Connection

On a recent meditation retreat, during a walking meditation outdoors, a woman walked up behind me & passed me on the sidewalk.  I observed that she was older and I noticed I was having thoughts that sounded a… Read More

Coming Home

I got back a couple of weeks ago from a 10 day silent retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre Mass. My friends asked me about the retreat and about how it was coming home. I fumbled… Read More

The Gift of Curiosity: From Separation to Connection

We often teach in our mindfulness classes that mindfulness supports the curious investigation of what’s arising in our awareness so we can see it more clearly and not just react to it habitually. What was big for me… Read More

Beginner’s Mind

One day last week I was sitting out in my backyard. The day still had that early morning feel to it. Bits of conversation drifted over from neighbors in my row of townhouses. There was a job interview… Read More

Just Seeing What’s Going On

Everywhere we look Spring is announcing her arrival…bright yellow forsythia sprays; fruit trees brimming with white & pink blossoms; brilliant yellow daffodils bursting on hillsides; and perennials emerging from their winter sleep with the promise of Summer flowers… Read More

Making a Meditation Practice into a Habit

Getting into the routine of meditating every day has sometimes been a challenge for me, even now when I’m retired and have lots of time. When I worked, I meditated in the evening. Now that I’m retired, I… Read More

Meditation, Goals and Nonstriving

Recently I came across these photos taken by Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch nature photographer, showing foxes enjoying themselves in the wild. It appears that foxes don’t need mindfulness courses to learn about being in the moment, even in… Read More

Be Still

In a moment of deep despair In a moment of conflict In a moment of joy and celebration In a moment of frustration In a moment of anxiety

Transformation

Does a caterpillar look at a butterfly and say: “What’s wrong with me?” or “I’m so ugly, I wish I could look like that.” I doubt it. A caterpillar lives his caterpillar life moment-by-moment allowing the transformation to happen… Read More