A Transformative Buddhist Practice for when you feel like you’re overwhelmed by all the suffering in the world As we look at the world today it can feel as though everything is going to hell in a handbasket. There are riots in the streets and people are literally killing each other. Our world feels dividedContinue reading “When the World is on Fire: Do this”
how to harness the energy of life With so much going on in the world and in our lives it’s easy to feel a lack of energy. We go through our days managing work, relationships, health, kids, school, and “life admin” and by the end of the day we collapse. It can feel like ourContinue reading “Windhorse”
Authenticity is a highly desirable quality in today’s world, especially among leaders. It’s not something you can fake and you know it when you see it Authenticity is a highly desirable quality in today’s world, especially among leaders. It’s not something you can fake and you know it when you see it. Authentic people seemContinue reading “How to be Authentic”
The world is filled with power and wisdom, we’ve just forgotten how to see and feel it. With all of the challenges going on in the world today it’s easy to feel like everything is doomed and that humanity is to blame. From the mishandling of the Covid pandemic, to police brutality and the climateContinue reading “Sacred World”
(hint: is has something to do with Spiderman) My son and I love the movie Into the Spiderverse. In case you don’t know, it’s the Spiderman movie that came out a couple of years ago about Miles Morales, a young kid from the Bronx who becomes the new Spiderman. Like most hero’s journeys, he startsContinue reading “The Secret to True Power”
How to handle change during unpredictable times Change is hard. It’s true. We love predictability and routine, everything is going along smoothly and then life throws a curveball at us and it’s like we have no ground. Covid is a perfect example of how hard change is for all of us. This has been aContinue reading “Change Mastery”
When someone tells us (as I’m about to) that they’re going to teach us how to listen-we tune out. Isn’t listening something we learned as children? Isn’t it a given? It almost feels like an insult to learn about listening-as if it’s too elementary or basic. The truth is, deep listening and learning how toContinue reading “Listening from a Deeper Source of Intelligence”
A key skill for First Responders and everyone else First responders have been in the spotlight lately. Whether it’s health care workers responding to Covid or police in riots, we’ve clearly begun to see what a crucial role they play in society. In light of recent events with the killing of unarmed black people byContinue reading “This one thing could save your life”
A front line worker is someone who we as a society need in order to function. Think, EMTs, teachers, nurses, doctors and all hospital workers, firefighters, activists, behavioral health workers, nonprofit staff, and police officers (the list goes on). To these varying degrees these “essential workers” ensure that the rest of us are safe andContinue reading “What Front Line Workers Need to Know about Fear”
To have consistent practices in our life, and to stay present in a world that is overwhelming and constantly changing, we need discipline. We need to be open to our journey as a learning experience, not as militaristic. When we are open, we can shift and respond as needed and keep going despite the ups and downs of life.
When things are difficult we can stop and tune into this ground of goodness, it’s always there no matter what, we can rely on it.
This is a strange and particular time. I feel like I’ve heard that in a million different ways in the past couple of months since the Covid pandemic turned all our lives upside down. For some of us, there’s been drastic change-we’ve lost our jobs and have been sick or known someone who has beenContinue reading “How the Buddhist Teachings can help us during this strange and particular time”
What’s the difference and how to practice them in times of stress One of the most powerful tools we can use to increase our capacity for growth and more evolved states of being is mindfulness/awareness. It’s a practice we can integrate into our everyday lives that helps us turn the mirror on ourselves, not inContinue reading “Mindfulness/Awareness”
What the Buddhist teachings reveal about this moment and how it helps We all find ourselves in an unprecedented situation due to the Corona virus outbreak. If we’re lucky enough to have our basic needs taken care of, this can feel both frightening and liberating. My son is home from school for at least threeContinue reading “We’re in a Bardo”
There is widespread panic and fear about the COVID-19 virus making its way through our society. What only a week ago seemed like a distant new story, has now become the centerpiece of our lives. Schools are closed, parking lots are jam packed as people stand in long lines to buy the last of theContinue reading “3 Easy Steps for Shifting Anxiety on the Spot”
To be kind does not mean we don’t feel the wide spectrum of painful human emotions: anger, fear, criticism, judgement, bitterness…. It’s how we hold these emotions in an atmosphere of complete acceptance and forgiveness that’s the practice of kindness and what makes us kind people to ourselves and others.
The teachings on cocoon can help us both be kind to ourselves and emerge into the fresh alive world
As I sit staring out the window, there is gently falling snow accumulating on the February ground. The sky is white and gray. It’s the kind of quiet where you wonder if you’re the only one in the world. The texture of my inner world reflects this quiet gray. I feel a tenderness and alonenessContinue reading “If you feel sad, there’s nothing wrong. In fact, sadness is our birthright.”
Dear Shambhala, I’ve been meaning to write for a while now. You have been in my thoughts almost everyday since the allegations of sexual misconduct came out against our spiritual teacher and leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, almost 2 years ago. I was able to process a lot of my feelings right after it happened withContinue reading “Dear Shambhala, I love you”
When I was around eighteen years old I was in the downtown public library. It was cold and rainy outside and I was taking shelter inside the warm quiet building. I remember I felt like crap. I felt lonely, sad, and felt unlovable. In fact, I had spent pretty much my whole life feeling asContinue reading “This Teaching Changed my Life”
It’s the New Year and many of us are taking on new practices and commitments that we feel will improve our everyday lives. One of the best practices we could take on is meditation. Meditation is a powerful and effective practice because it supports many of the other healthy lifestyle choices we want to haveContinue reading “Get Started with a Meditation Practice”
I was talking with my mom the other evening about Christmas and buying presents for my almost five year old son. I’m not Christian and didn’t grow up religious but we love Christmas in my family. Decorating a tree, the lights, Christamas carols, food, presents, chocolate!! I have such special memories about that time ofContinue reading “Holiday Madness”
For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with self-doubt. Self-doubt that I’m good enough, that I’m capable enough, that I’m pretty enough, that I should speak up for myself, that I did speak up for myself…on and on. At its core, these negative thought patterns are really fundamentally doubting one’s worth as aContinue reading “Overcoming Self-Doubt”
Trauma, being “triggered” and shadow are all popular terms these days (thankfully), but what do they actually mean and how to they relate to our day day lives as leaders? As leaders, we have a longing to grow and change-to become the biggest and most capable version of ourselves. And yet, what holds us back?Continue reading “Why Leaders Can’t Ignore Their Shadows”
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