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

Dharma Teachings, Interbeing, Living from the Heart, wisdom quotes

Step out of the Bureaucracy of Ego

I’ve been thinking a lot about escape lately—and the comforts of home. Escape is a myth, an illusion. There is no escape. This is it. Here we are. Yet, paradoxically, there are many escapes—even more than the good old standards like binge-drinking, drug use, overeating, sex, TV, caffeine, and shopping. Reading, writing, and speaking just… Continue reading Step out of the Bureaucracy of Ego

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

Smiling Meditation & Homemade Toothpaste

Last week, the planets aligned, and a long-awaited dream came true: I learned how to make natural toothpaste. I had long since learned the dangers of fluoride and other substances and additives in “mainstream” toothpaste brands such as Crest and Colgate. For years, I’ve been buying supposedly natural, “organic” toothpastes from the store. However, where… Continue reading Smiling Meditation & Homemade Toothpaste

Dharma Teachings, The New Story, wisdom quotes

Buddhism as Religion Versus Philosophy

“At its etymological root, religion is what rebinds or reunites us with the sacred. Many of us long for this return from exile and then discover that it leads us toward existential danger —  the deconstruction and rearrangement of our very sense of self and reality. In common usage, religion often refers to the belief… Continue reading Buddhism as Religion Versus Philosophy

Dharma Teachings, Living from the Heart, Metta, The New Story, wisdom quotes

Cultivating Beginner’s Heart

may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living whatever they sing is better than to know and if men should not hear them men are old may my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong for… Continue reading Cultivating Beginner’s Heart


Practice Loving Kindness with Metta Aspirations

Silently repeat any or all of the following (or your own aspirations) in your mind. May I be safe. May I feel secure and grounded. May I feel a sense of belonging to the Earth. May I know who I am. May I be happy. May I be joyful. May I be content. May I… Continue reading Practice Loving Kindness with Metta Aspirations