Desire, Dharma Teachings, New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

How to Escape Your Life

Well, of course, you can't. But I did and many have, through one simple, powerful action. Leaving the country. Expats may "escape", consciously or unwittingly, from their day-to-day geography, but life is life and there is no actual escape. Life is work and play and everything else. Enough with the departmentalizing. Life is flowing all… Continue reading How to Escape Your Life

Dharma Teachings, Living from the Heart, Mindfulness, New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

Presence, Patience, Simplicity

Mindfulness. It's become such a buzz word, much like "yoga". And yet, the practice is popular and now mainstream precisely because it offers simple methods for cultivating greater awareness of the present moment. In other words, mindfulness empowers us to more fully live our lives by fully embodying our experience from moment to moment. Not… Continue reading Presence, Patience, Simplicity

Interbeing, Living from the Heart, Michelle's Memoir, The New Story

Clear Lens Moments

It was one of those days when the air was washed and polished like a lens. Everything was crisp and clear. Springtime in California. I could see each individual leaf shimmering on the tree and was simultaneously taking in the whole tree in its magnificent glory. The colors were more vivid, the wind more meaningful,… Continue reading Clear Lens Moments

Mindfulness, wisdom quotes

“This.”

{Read it on elephant journal!?} I’m not fashionable. At this point, I’ll wear anything that’s reasonably clean, and my ideal outfit definitely includes yoga pants. I don’t wear cosmetics or shave or put “product” in my hair, other than shampoo. I have four pairs of shoes and three of them are flip-flops. I am, however, verbally fashionable. I notice and analyze… Continue reading “This.”