Communicating, Michelle's Memoir, The New Story

A Better Adventure

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." ~Jimmy Dean What am I longing for? To inspiration to write a memoir of my thirties and the discipline to actually sit down and do it, day by day. What would it bring me? Connection with… Continue reading A Better Adventure

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

3 Calming Meditations for Creativity

Just sitting, practicing doing nothing, breathing, and paying attention to our breathing is fundamental to formal meditation practice. Yet, meditation and mindfulness can be cultivated through other methods, such as standing, walking, eating, communicating, etc. Writing is also a wonderful, creative, grounding practice that can be meditative. The act of putting words on a page, whether handwritten,… Continue reading 3 Calming Meditations for Creativity

Interbeing, Living from the Heart, New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

Love is a Field.

I open the door. I see a sauna, empty space, hot air. Steam. I step inside. I am going on a trip within. I sit. I am alone and not alone. The aromas of lavender, white sage, and eucalyptus spiral around me in wisps of smoke. Sweat pours from my pores. I am here. There… Continue reading Love is a Field.

Karma yoga, Metta

December 26 – Seva (Service)

How did you serve in 2011? Do you plan to volunteer in 2012? a In addition to teaching 8th grade English, I am the Community Service Coordinator at my school in Guatemala. In this role, I have been fortunate to connect with some amazing nonprofit work going on in this country at organizations including Long Way… Continue reading December 26 – Seva (Service)

Traveling

December 25 – Milagro (Wonder)

Illustrate your own personal wonderland -- real or imagined. What’s the weather like? Who else is there with you? Use vivid detail. a "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." ~ Charles Kingsley