Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation and the Four-Fold Way

I like to use this framework in introducing the practice of meditation to new students. It is adapted from  The Four Fold Way by Angeles Arrien.  The Four-Fold Way is an ancient system of guidance for living a life of balance and integrity practiced by Native Americans and other indigenous peoples for millenniums. Today we may apply those same principles to the learning and prac…

The Wisdom Tree

                                             I first noticed the tree almost a year ago in the meadow near the pond. It was hard to miss, a singular graceful presence ami…

Holiday Self Care

It’s November, almost Thanksgiving. Once again, lifestyle magazines are offering “tips “ for navigating the holiday season. You know-making perfect decorations, gift wrapping shortcuts, holiday menus and recipes galore, or creating new family traditions and rituals. The overall message of this barrage of “useful” information is that we, mostly women, can &ldqu…

Driving Lessons

One of our travelling companions in Italy finished this wonderful book,  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein,and left it for me to read. She knew I would like a book written from a dog’s perspective..even more so because it touches upon the deeply spiritual nature of our human journey, navigating the depths of human despair and the sweet joys of intimate connection with…

Cooking Up a Life

I have never been good at strictly following a recipe. Unless I am trying a new and exotic dish calling for the flavors and techniques outside my experience, a Brazilian stew for instance or a Vietnamese appetizer, I tend to improvise. Even then, once I get familiar with the new technique or ingredients through practice, research or sampling flavors, then I will likely stray from exact mea…

Putting Life "On Pause"

Three Mini-Meditations for People Who Don’t Have Time to Meditate* Life is certainly not simple now, but we humans have gotten in the habit of making it more complicated. “Do more” is the message from every quarter. The practice of meditation should not be a complication, but offer a means to simplification, a remedy instead of something more on your “to do” …

No Impact Week: An Exercise in Mindfulness

When I received my Guidelines for participation in Huffpo’s No Impact Week, I opened it with some trepidation. What had I gotten myself into? I conjured up visions of juggling groceries in reusable string bags on bicycles while wearing multi layers of thrift store fashion. In other words, I would be transforming myself into a politically correct bag lady. Sure, I had done this before…