I love reading the work of Pema Chodron. She is an American Buddhist nun and author of quite a few excellent books about mindfulness. Probably my favorite Pema Chodron book is When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. When Things Fall Apart is a collection of talks Pema Chodron gave between 1987 and 1994 about how […]
Mind. Body. Love. is the journal of cancer survivor, psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher Karen Gorrin.
I have kept a journal since I was 15 years old. In this time I have played with many different kinds of journaling. One method I especially enjoy is working with poetry as a writing prompt. I find poetry always seem to shift me into a different perspective. Poems always seem to help me notice something new about myself […]
One of the things I LOVE about mindfulness is that it can be done anywhere, anytime. There is no special equipment required to meditate. Yet sometimes it’s good to take a class or listen to guided instruction. Here are a few of my favorite resources: Moby’s Album for Yoga and Meditation Richard Melville Hall (known […]
In my experience, mindfulness is a way of paying close attention to ourselves and the present moment without judgment. There are eight basic steps to mindfulness. 1. Find a Quiet Space It is helpful, especially when first beginning to meditate, to find a quiet space where you are unlikely to be interrupted for about 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind, the idea […]
Because sometimes we all just need a little inspiration — I offer one of my favorites, Mr. John Lennon. Imagine Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there’s no country It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill […]
Lovingkindness, or metta, is one of my favorite meditations. The origins of this meditation are in the Buddhist tradition. The lovingkindness meditation is intended not only as a practice but also a way of life. The purpose of this meditation is to support us in cultivating heartfelt kindness towards ourselves and others. Kindness, it is noted in […]
Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets. Sometimes I use her poetry to inspire my own writing. This poem was authored by Mary Oliver. I offer it here in gratitude. May you be blessed and inspired by her insightful words “… determined to do the only thing you could do – determined to save the only life you […]