Stories we Tell Ourselves

The overlaps between both the ancient and the modern spiritual philosophies is significant to me. Recently, at my Vipassana retreat, Goenkaji spoke about "Saṅkhāra" he explained craving and aversion as causing these.  Basically, he was discussing thoughts that form when you are not happy with the present moment. All of the regrets, worries, hopes and desires … Continue reading Stories we Tell Ourselves

What if We Chose to Be Here?

It seemed like a simple question, but the more I pondered it the more I recognized it was rewriting how I told my story. For years, I've said, "I think I chose to be here" and in a recent conversation with a friend, I turned it around and said, "What if we all chose to … Continue reading What if We Chose to Be Here?

Spring Morning

I needed both of the quilts that my daughters made for me in order to sit out back on the deck this morning. It is too cold otherwise. Spring brings that calm after the storm and promises that summer will soon burst from the buds. I love the changing of the seasons more than the seasons … Continue reading Spring Morning

The Cavity, Part Two

I experienced a deeper level of understanding about the discovery of a large black cavity between my two front teeth. I remembered the pain, the loneliness and the horror at finding this corrosion between my teeth. The reality that I did not know what to do about it, except to decide to remember to not … Continue reading The Cavity, Part Two

Can Stress Be Good For You?

As our understanding of how stressful our lives have become expands, more and more people are talking about meditation, leisure, slowing down and living in the moment. It is generally believed stress can hurt you and you should take every opportunity to reduce it in your life. In a very two-dimensional way, this seems obvious. … Continue reading Can Stress Be Good For You?

Inventing Mother

I have done a little reading about how to mend a broken heart; when it was broken by the absence of parents, and there does not seem to be much available. One book gave strict guidelines that you were not supposed to make your other relationships fill this hole in your heart. You have to … Continue reading Inventing Mother

10 Ways to Improve Your Life TODAY, in under an hour

In order to truly enjoy your life you need to make yourself a priority. You are the only one that will always be there and it is up to you to make sure that you treat yourself well. Regardless of how much work you have, the people that rely on you or how many other … Continue reading 10 Ways to Improve Your Life TODAY, in under an hour

The Meaning of Life?

When Jean-Luc Picard is faced with his mediocre new life after travelling back in time to fix a "mistake" he made when he was a young man, we all understood the significance of his epiphany. It is better to live a passionate life full of experiences, mistakes and opportunities than it is to play it … Continue reading The Meaning of Life?

Two and a Half Men

I sat down in the family room to watch television and noticed that "Two and a Half Men" was on. I flipped to that station so that I could have it on in the background while I checked the listings to see what else was on. It was the episode of "Two and a Half … Continue reading Two and a Half Men