May I have your atten- SQUIRREL!

  What is it that lets YOU know that summer is winding down? Kids going back to school? Is it the golden light that casts a particular kind of shadow…

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Meet Me For A Challenge?

Read on and reply! I just heard an inspiring talk by Natalie Goldberg -- a Zen practitioner, a prolific writer, and a writing teacher. I learned in this talk that…

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The Wise Teachings of Pear Trees

TODAY is Peak Pear Blossom Day in my backyard. TODAY! These two beautiful Asian pear trees we inherited have been donning their wedding gowns every spring for many decades. The…

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What Do You Do When There Is Nothing You Can Do?

Open Your Heart. Spread Your Wings. Another war has broken out in the world. What do you find in this moment? I have been feeling a mixture of helplessness and…

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Have You Ever Tried Mindfulness?

I went to a new dentist a few months ago, and spent most of the time with the hygienist. She was very thorough in taking a history, and she found…

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An Annual Favorite: The Year-End Questionnaire

Reflecting on the Year 2021 By popular demand, I offer you this tradition I have been keeping for about 15 years: the INNER WORK TURNING THE WHEEL - Year-End Questionnaire…

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What the Heck Just Happened?

Something has happened to all of us. And it's still happening to some degree. I have been exploring how to acknowledge this pandemic time -- the changes upon us now,…

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Results: They’re Overrated

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to…

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Have An Imperfect Practice

This is my wish for you: Have an imperfect practice. Does that seem strange? I hope you have an imperfect mindfulness practice. Because whatever your idea about mindfulness practice is,…

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The Sweetener Of Impermanence

Every summer, the anniversary of my dad's death comes around. He had quite a few health conditions, so it was difficult (but not impossible) to ignore that this would happen…

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