Mary Oliver, the poet who died last year at the age of 83, often inspires me to live life fully and say yes more often than no. The following quote gave me so much joy. “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”  

Choosing to live our lives well can be very difficult during these times but perhaps we can decide to live from a place of gratitude. It is from this place that so many positive emotions grow such as joy, happiness

“When we hold on to our opinions with aggression, no matter how valid our cause, we are simply adding more aggression to the planet, and violence and pain increase. Cultivating nonaggression is cultivating peace.”  Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs. I am concerned about how we form opinions. What is feeding us to form an opinion about something? Is it the news media, social media, what? We have to vet the sources of information so that we can

No matter what happens, we must dissolve the uncivil division, unkindness and hatred and replace them with unity to agree to disagree, kindness and love. If not, life as we know it will not be good and happy. I know that is a huge statement, but I do think our way of life will change drastically. When once we could feel safe and sure, more and more that seems less of the case. We each have to ask ourselves, “is that what we want?” I observe that some people do not stop and think of consequences

Maria Irene Fornes was a famous Cuban born playwright. She passed away on October 30, 2018. I was unaware of who she was until someone mentioned, “The Rest I Make Up,” referring to a beautiful documentary about her wonderful life. She taught writers how to become unstuck when they experienced writer’s block. She encouraged people to be who they are and go with the flow of their lives, not to be afraid to make mistakes and have courage and believe in themselves. She never cared what the critics

We are all hoping for unity and a brighter future. Hope is a powerful word and can help carry one in this difficult journey called life.   Never give up hope. No one knows the absolute truth and I, for one, believe in miracles.

Call me an idealist, but it feeds my soul to be hopeful in these times. I hope you are safe, I hope you are not suffering, I hope you are not lonely, I hope there is a cure for cancer one day. I have held this one prayer in my heart for as long as I can remember

 The exceptionally brilliant mind of William Shakespeare said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” My usually cheery barista who was having a rough day shared this axiom as he managed to squeak out a smile. He made my day and I told him so. We go through our day sometimes never realizing the effect we have on others. The yoga sutras say to use every obstacle on our journey as a vehicle for transformative change in our lives. Our thinking, thoughts and emotions play

Chances are nowadays, you may be feeling out of whack. We are not in our comfort zones even if we are safe and healthy. Too much uncertainty.

I would like to share some learnings from the kind and compassionate Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön which could give us some help to living right now and maintaining equilibrium. First one is a practice she calls “compassionate abiding.” 

I guided this in yoga class this morning and got great feedback. This practice uses the medium of the breath. We bring

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