New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

Year of the Yin Fire Rooster

{original post on elephant journal} Monday, February 27, 2017, marks the beginning of the new year in the Tibetan calendar, also known as Losar or Shambhala Day. As the rooster crows to welcome the sun, we wake up. A mindful morning ritual helps us begin each day with a solid yet flexible plan. Healthy habits help… Continue reading Year of the Yin Fire Rooster


A Teacher and Student in Transition

Transitions typically occur when or shortly after we experience a moment of truth. I think this is why we so often avoid the truth because it requires that we change an aspect of ourselves and our lifestyles even if we don’t feel ready or know what is next. The way I see it, change is… Continue reading A Teacher and Student in Transition


Our Beliefs Separate Us

For a long time, in my head, I wrote and rewrote my own mental essay entitled, “This I Believe.” A little over a year ago, I wrote a  poem called "This I Believed": I used to believe in heaven above and hell below. Fate and flawless soul mates. Manifesting my destination. Jesus Christ. I’ve believed in Brahman and… Continue reading Our Beliefs Separate Us


What Letting Go Isn’t.

It’s been said that the dharma teachings can be summarized in two words: let go.Letting go is the ultimate zen habit we all must master, sooner or later.Letting go has also become somewhat of a cliche and is often misused in spiritual contexts. But it is the single most powerful, simple (not easy) skill we can cultivate… Continue reading What Letting Go Isn’t.

Dharma Teachings, Metta, Mindfulness

Meditation on Forgiveness

Forgiving does not mean condoning. Forgiving does not mean denying that something wrong has happened. Beginning the process of forgiving means beginning the process of no longer holding onto anger and hurt. This guided meditation on forgiveness {courtesy of Audio Dharma} is sometimes utilized as a preparation for lovingkindness (metta) practice... As you sit and breathe… Continue reading Meditation on Forgiveness