January 21, 2020

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means ‘wandering,’ specifically in the cycle of birth and death and rebirth. Wandering implies exile, because we have split from the whole and now wander adrift in our separation. Western psychology offers a version of that split, positing that it occurs when we suffer a significant rupture in our caretaking. It may be hard to remember how much in love we were...

April 10, 2018

The following questions are intended to open you to what might be just below your awareness. They are intended to open you to subtle sources of intelligence. Feel free to move through them in quick succession, letting your intuition answer, or take your time with them, letting yourself deepen or daydream. They are a work-in-progress so I encourage you to add more questions in the Comments se...

August 28, 2017

The title of Mark Manson’s recent book—The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck—is subtly deceptive. He actually wants us to give a f*ck, but selectively, on our terms and in accordance with our values. He orients us to his challenge by posing the question that the great Viktor Frankl based Logotherapy on: If suffering is inevitable, what are we willing to suffer for? Manson encourages us to star...

December 13, 2016

"What we do not make conscious emerges later as fate."   —C.G. Jung

As social animals, we long to be known in relationship. Getting known in relationship allows us to feel safe, important, and loved, and it allows us to return the favor to others. If in our relationship with our primary caretakers the generosity of the love we received encouraged a progressively fuller expression of Self, the...

August 26, 2016

'The practice of compassion towards ourselves can be like the cultivation of an inner parent who is unconditional and accepting. This can enable a softening and letting go…so that we inhabit a more caring inner landscape.' Rob Preece (p. 43)

Cultivating a caring inner landscape is challenging for many of us. When we experience deep shame, jealousy, a strong sense of worthlessness, we feel li...

June 14, 2016

'So what is really the path of healing? It can begin in this moment, by embracing the life that's here.' ~ Tara Brach

Here's a question to contemplate: Do you catch yourself when you fall? Or, to reframe it slightly, when life disappoints you, what is your default? Do you blame yourself? Do you blame others (even if they're not responsible)? Do you binge-watch a series on Netflix? Do you laug...

June 13, 2016

“We could reconnect with the weather that is ourselves, and we could realize that it’s sad. The sadder it is, and the vaster it is, the more our heart opens." ~ Pema Chodron

I am in mourning today, as people all around the world are, for the innocent people, most of whom were queer and Latino, murdered in Orlando. Rage, confusion, horror, helplessness, and sadness alternately sweep through me...

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