Tuesday, September 29, 2015


May you be steadied and supported
by the earth beneath your feet.

May you be nourished and energized
by the fires of life within.

May you be healed and opened
by the rivers of life that pour through.

May you be held and illuminated
by the light that shines everywhere and forever.

Meditation Immersion

I'm writing with one last reminder that our 30-day meditation immersion - called Presence - begins on October 1. You can learn more about the adventure by clicking here.

Presence is an opportunity for both new and seasoned meditators to dive into the well of life within that sustains us through ever-deepening balance, clarity, wisdom and joy. Through formal and informal meditation practices, we'll explore the wisdom of slowing down, the power of paying attention, and the sweetness of listening deeply. We'll find ways to quench our thirst for a more genuine sense of ease and balance in our lives, and we'll cultivate a deeper feeling of being at home in both ourselves and our world.

I hope you'll join me!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Question Your Thoughts

As you move through your day, listen closely to your mind
as it marches through its medley of thoughts, assertions,
judgments and complaints. Be suspicious. Be wary.
Be skeptical. Question what you think you know.

Notice how much suffering you create for yourself and
for others by wholeheartedly believing your thoughts.
Are you sure about what you just thought?
Can you prove it?

Consider how radically transformed your life might be
if you abandoned your fiercest convictions, judgments
and certainties. Is it possible that by simply letting go of them,
you might downshift from suffering toward greater peace?

Be willing to be uncertain. Be wise enough to judge less.
Learn to rest comfortably with uncertainty.
Don't be so sure about what you think,
and watch how beautifully your life unfolds.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

To Love

What can you love 
about this moment,
this day, this season,
this life?

Trust that in each
moment there is always
something to hold,
to carry, to love.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Presence: A 30-Day Meditation Immersion

I am thrilled to invite you to join me in an online adventure called Presence: A 30-Day Meditation Immersion. In this course, we will join together for the month of October to explore the twin practices of meditation and mindfulness in a way that I hope will nurture a newfound sense of unshakable happiness and ease in your life.

Presence is an opportunity for both new and seasoned meditators to dive into the well of life within that sustains us through ever-deepening balance, clarity, wisdom and joy. Through formal and informal meditation practices, we'll explore the wisdom of slowing down, the power of paying attention, and the sweetness of listening deeply. We'll find ways to quench our thirst for a more genuine sense of ease and balance in our lives, and we'll cultivate a deeper feeling of being at home in both ourselves and our world.

Together we'll commit to opening ourselves to the deepest gift meditation offers: reclaiming the clarity of mind and purity of heart that is our natural birthright and that naturally appears when the mind is calm and our vision is clear. We'll cultivate an abiding sense of presence that opens us to an unconditional faithfulness and peace that sustains us through both difficulty and delight.

And we'll explore the great truth of life that all the world's sages have taught: that our small and personal lives are deeply rooted in a far more vast and brilliant play of light and life that illumines the entire world. Out of this profound insight comes a natural urge to participate in life more deeply, to serve as a source of comfort and support to everyone and everything around us.

A private website will be the course's home base for the month and the virtual town square around which we will congregate. Everything needed for our time together can be found there. Participants will find all the course updates, dispatches, meditation instructions, guided practices, question-and-answer sessions, poems, images and meditation resources somewhere on these pages. I hope the shared space will feel like home and I hope you will breathe a sigh of sweet relief when settling in there.

Here's how the course will work: Each day I'll send out an email with the day's dispatch from the sweet land of presence and peace. I'll offer formal meditation practices and also ideas for slipping informal mindfulness practice into one's daily life. I'll also send along updates with guided audios, poems, quotes and images that I hope we'll hold close. 

And I'll feed participants with lots of inspiring resources from around the web and beyond. I'll urge us all to find time in our days to sit quietly for at least a few moments. And I'll do my best to keep our minds focused on our shared journey and to inspire us all to stay true to our commitment to fostering a deeper sense of presence in our lives.

None of this is required, of course. There will be no papers to write or tests to study for. Any or all of this can be done at your own pace and in your own way. The offerings will work best, in fact, if they are considered suggestions and explorations rather than commands and demands. Save the emails for a quiet moment in your day, or ignore them completely and just head on over to this site when you have a chance. Skip over a practice that doesn't appeal to you (although it's always a good idea to be curious about that which you resist). Return to practices that nourish you, over and over.

Come when you like, stay as long as you can, catch up in any way you like. You can even take your time, stretching out this journey into six weeks, or two months, or whatever schedule best fits your life. Shape these explorations to your own life in your own unique way, crafting a personalized practice that becomes a good friend that sustains you day in and day out, through thick and through thin.

Previous participants in Presence have called the course food for the soul. Many have said that after years of trying to learn to meditate and failing, the course has finally inspired them to commit to practicing regularly. And some longtime practitioners have said that through the course, practices that had begun to feel like chores once again felt like cherished gifts.

Others have said that through Presence they have found new ways to cultivate clarity and wisdom not just while sitting quietly, but also within the folds of their daily lives. And some students have called the shared website a balm and a comfort, a place they have turned to for a healing dose of reassurance, clarity and peace.

I am thrilled to offer this course and I hope you will consider joining us. Meditation has been a source of comfort and sustenance to me, and I relish the opportunity to share its many gifts with others in a way that adds clarity and happiness to the world.

I have set a suggested fee of $50 for the course, but if that feels excessive for your budget you are welcome to set your own price. To enroll in the course via credit card or Paypal account, please, click the "Buy Now" button below. If you have questions, prefer to sign up via check instead, or if you would like to join the course but are hoping to pay less than the suggested fee of $50, please email me here.

Thank you so much for your interest. I hope to meet up with you in the land of Presence soon.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome Fall

May you welcome the inevitable approach of fall. May you welcome the fire building in the trees and the ice settling into the air. May you smile as you pull out those long-lost sweaters and socks. May you stock up on your favorite teas and good books and logs for the fire. 

May you relish the possibility of winter full of of soup and homemade bread. May you welcome the retreat, the turning inward, the quiet that will surely come.

May you smile in anticipation of hot baths and warm mittens and those beautiful winter mornings when the world has been sprinkled with diamonds.

May the new season remind you of the inevitability of change, and of the folly of resisting what is and what will be. May you embrace each moment, whatever it may bring.

And still, with your eyes wide open to the uncertainties of change, may you not waste one more sunny day inside. May you crane your neck upward toward each warm ray of sun while you can,
gathering enough warmth to sustain you through the quiet months to come.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fall Yoga

Hello, my yoga friends. I'm writing with updates to share about our local fall yoga classes...

Our Wednesday morning class at Yoga On Main keeps chugging along, and I am so thankful to all of you who have made our weekly gathering a part of your lives. I always look forward to our mornings together, and love to see the sense of friendship and community that continues deepen there. This class is open to all, and no pre-registration is required, so feel free to join us anytime. Please remember that starting this week, the Wednesday morning class will be back on its school-year schedule, running from 9AM to 10:30.

I'm going to shake things up with our Thursday evening schedule this fall. Starting September 17, I will offer a four-week series called Yoga In Depth. Each week we will explore one particular theme (balance, flow, energy, ease), looking for ways we can use these principles to carry our yoga practice in new directions and also to enrich our lives off the mat. Although the class will likely be a bit more intense than our open classes, anyone with some yoga experience who is willing to take things at his or her own pace is most welcome to join the class.

Yoga In Depth will meet on four consecutive Thursday nights beginning September 17 at Yoga on Main from 5:45 to 7:15. The fee for this session will be $50 and pre-registration is required. You can enroll by emailing me directly, or by clicking the button below, which will let you register and pay online.

Please feel free to share news of my classes with anyone who might be interested. Fall is a wonderful time to start anew, to dive into a practice that will carry us through the seasons ahead with both clarity and ease. I hope you will consider joining me as we settle into the new season.

Click the "Buy Now" below to enroll in our Thursday night Yoga In Depth session: