The modern mindful life, according to my new tagline, is informed by research and grounded in practice. It is absolutely astounding how much research has been conducted in the last decade on mindfulness and meditation and all the amazing ways it can transform our brains, and our lives. Much of the research on mindfulness and […]
Anyone who knows me knows I love Target. Not even a credit card security breach keeps me from making my weekly pilgrimage to this mecca, which for me is actually located in a city named Medina, as I hunt down and gather the necessary items for my family’s survival. Oh, how my less evolved ancestors […]
There’s a Zen for everything today – surfing, fishing, even coding. So of course we have Zen parenting, but let’s just put it out there that it’s NOT constant peace and serenity. I suggest we establish that Zen parenting is about embracing absurdity. Parenting, like a perplexing Zen koan, often calls for the abandonment of logic and the acceptance of paradox. It sometimes feels like a difficult homework problem that we’ll never solve. And that’s okay.
We may remember him as Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, Peter Pan, or the Genie, but for me, Robin Williams will always be Mr. Keating. I first watched Dead Poets Society in high school. It’s one of those movies that stays with you, isn’t it? Its embrace of youthful idealism and romanticism entranced me as a teenager. […]
While sitting in silent meditation, the following thought popped into my head: “Meditation kind of reminds me of Monet’s paintings of the cathedral in Rouen.” Seriously. Read what the Impressionists can teach us about meditation, the self, impermanence, light, sensation, perception, and the fleeting impression of NOW.
If you’ve ever thought, “I wish I wasn’t a mom,” this letter is for you. If you’ve ever said, “I don’t like being a mom,” this letter is for you. We don’t always like motherhood, just as we don’t always like our jobs or our houses or our spouses. But there IS a path to joy. And it starts NOW, in this very moment.
I get nervous when I hear about parenting approaches that are “child-centered.” Perhaps it’s because I’m a teacher and I don’t like the phrase “student-centered.” It’s not that I don’t care about my students or their needs, but I don’t think they are the center of the classroom. I don’t think I am the center […]