I laid in my sleeping bag reading next to the river. 9pm, the mosquitoes were out doing there mosquito thing, when I look up to see this sunset. Grace was present in me and in what I was seeing. It wasn’t just any sunset, but one that became more intense, more colorful, more bright as

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My first nature experience was when my mom was pregnant with me – her first experience camping too. Maybe I heard the birds chirping then too. After I was born, and we graduated from a large canvas tent to a van, to this 1969 Shasta beauty (7 miles to the gallon) RV, pictured above, when I

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I finished some gentle yoga on the floor of the cabin, being careful to not irritate my already painful hips. When I sat up, the words came through loud and clear, like a church bell on Sunday morning, “You need to leave the retreat.” I began to sob. “NO, NO, NO!” I yelled back at

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I didn’t know I would end up spending a month in silence until a year ago. If you’d asked me before that, I would have said, “no way, too long for me.” But after 13 years of several week long to 10 day silent meditation retreats, I knew it was time. Talking to a teacher last

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As I was being driven down the single-lane dirt road, 200 meters from the cabana where I’d be staying for 3 weeks in Todos Santos, Mexico, we were stopped by a palm tree. The palm tree had fallen across a set of lines adjoining the homes in the area. We waited until it was cleared

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I’ve learned over the years transitions have a certain path to them, an emotional path. You could be in a transition of career, relationship, health, empty nest, money, or several others. Life is full of them. To wish life didn’t have transitions would be like wishing the wind didn’t blow. You can still wish, but it

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Taking time out of your day is critical for feeling more focused and relaxed while your “doing” during the day. Even 30 seconds of closing the eyes and taking a few deep breaths will calm your nervous system, boost your immune system, and relax the mind for better concentration. Take 5 minutes and all of

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I was recently teaching a 4 week Mindfulness in Business course for a marketing firm when one of the participants said, “I failed. I didn’t do the practice you suggested.” I looked him squarely in the eyes, and asked him, “Is it TRUE you failed?” His answer (so cleverly said) was, “Well, according to you,

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This week, after the first night teaching a meditation class of a 4 week series on opening the heart, I saw there was a message on my phone. I listened. It was from a woman who called just before class to get directions to the center so she could attend. I returned her call the

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Having a Catholic nun as one grandmother and a devout Catholic as another grandmother, I had a healthy dose of the Catholic experience growing up. I received a rosary from each grandmother every year for my birthday (need a rosary?), and went to church weekly. Every Sunday, dad would get us all piled into the

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