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

Michelle's Memoir, Relating

When I get that feeling, I want sexual healing!

I must admit it kind of freaks me out to have written and published this, but I'm reading two books simultaneously about the yoga of intimacy and sexuality and so I got inspired. Sex is something we are ashamed of as a society. The more that people can talk and write and read about sex… Continue reading When I get that feeling, I want sexual healing!

Connecting, The New Story

Learning to Connect, Connecting to Learn

At some point in the history of humanity and schooling, "academics" became a separate, stand-alone category, considered the most essential part of school, the "instruction" and "learning," in today's parlance. The reading, writing and 'rithmatic, along with science, social studies and all the other arbitrary subject areas. "Academics" as opposed to art, athletics, or extracurricular… Continue reading Learning to Connect, Connecting to Learn

Writings

A Spiritual Education

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." ~ Elisabeth Kubler Ross Is there such a thing as peace or justice in a world where depression and anxiety are rampant, people… Continue reading A Spiritual Education

Dharma Teachings, Michelle's Memoir, Relating, Writings

Holy Sh*t: How I Was Captivated by Fundamentalist Christianity

Note to readers: This is the entire story of my summer of Jesus and Buddha. Previously published in five parts on elephant journal, I have revised and consolidated it into one. I am seeking suggestions for a captivating title. If you think of one, please email me or leave it in the comments section. Thank… Continue reading Holy Sh*t: How I Was Captivated by Fundamentalist Christianity

Writings

Post Tornado Stress Disorder

A tornado hit my school when I was eight going on nine. It was April, 1989. I remember that morning the sky was clear, a perfect blue. Flawless. Not a single cloud. Dad drove me to school on his Yamaha motorcycle. I felt cool riding to school on a motorcycle. I liked wearing the helmet… Continue reading Post Tornado Stress Disorder