On Being Nobody…and No One

Notice how it feels to do nothing. Set aside a certain period of time to shift your attention to the experience of being present–not meditating in a formal way but noticing the gaps between thought. Our deepest insights often come when we are not doing, including thinking in a focused way, but just being. Ultimately,Continue reading “On Being Nobody…and No One”

Holy Swiss

Anything can happen at any time. This is the truth of impermanence. Last Sunday, some of us experienced this in a delightful way. Swiss, a one-year-old Service Dog in training, came to sit with us as we meditated. Recently, I was talking about dogs and there she stood, a one-year-old half Golden, half Labrador Retriever.Continue reading “Holy Swiss”

Spring as a Practice

“The trees are coming into leaf /Like something almost being said,” writes the poet Philip Larkin. Spring really does spring, doesn’t it? Walking outside these days is like walking into a big green, murmuring party. This can bring a twist of longing. We want to be part of the conversation but we can’t quite hearContinue reading “Spring as a Practice”

Holy Week

This is Holy Week, commemorating a great drama that included betrayal and death and new life. It is also Passover, celebrating the passing over of destructive forces and liberation from captivity. Why bring up these holidays to meditators? Some of us fled the traditions of our childhood, seeking fresh and real, something other than allContinue reading “Holy Week”

The Space Between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space, “ writes psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl in his unforgettable memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning. “In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” When we practice mindfulness meditation, we enter the conscious space between stimulus andContinue reading “The Space Between”

Light in the Dark

This is the dark time. December is the month of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day when the North Pole is tilted farthest from the sun. Our ancient ancestors observed this event, watching the stars and the shortening days, patiently abiding and taking note until one day…it changed. They learned that theContinue reading “Light in the Dark”