Left Brain Buddha is ONE!

Left Brain Buddha is ONE!!

Learn about the state of Left Brain Buddha and my plans for the future, and let me know what you want to see here in the next year!

The Power of Habit: Morning Meditation

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How I am changing my morning routine to include meditation every day for a month… and hopefully longer. Read more for helpful ideas for changing habits and getting started on a meditation practice.

Dear Exhausted, Struggling Mama… {My Messy Beautiful}

Deep. Honest. Encouraging.

“When well-meaning strangers at the grocery store tell you to ‘enjoy every minute of this!’ or insist that ‘one day you will miss these days!’, politely smile and thank them. And then, in your head, you can tell them to shove it. I know I’m only four years further down the road than you, and I don’t know how I’ll feel when I’m sixty, but right now, I know this: I DON’T MISS IT. NOT EVEN A LITTLE TINY BIT.”
And other things I want to tell struggling-mama-me in 2010…

Teaching Mindfulness to Teens: 5 Ways to Get “Buy-In”


Many readers asked, so here it is… How can we teach mindfulness to teenagers? How do we convince them to disconnect and spend time in stillness in their busy, connected lives? I have some ideas…

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents: 5 Ways to Make Parenting More Joyful


Does parenting sometimes feel like “All Joy and No Fun,” as Jennifer Senior describes it? Find out how ancient wisdom can help modern parents!

The Totally Obvious Thing a Mindful Mama Overlooked


I’ve spent so much time teaching my daughter the strategies I use to calm down and practice mindfulness, that I overlooked how very different her needs often are. An epiphany story…

Thank You for Listening


Last weekend, I auditioned for the Twin Cities Listen to Your Mother Show. It is a nation-wide series of performances dedicated to “giving motherhood a microphone.” For my audition, I read a story about my challenging mornings with my daughter, about navigating my way through tantrums and sass, all the while wondering if I will […]

Back to School: Women’s History Month


In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m taking a break from the regular programing here, and entering teacher mode to share with you my latest vlog, “5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Women’s History!”

Do you know the first time women voted in the United States? {Hint: it was well before the 20th century!} Do you know the truth about how Catherine the Great died? Or how the bikini got its name?

You’ll learn all that, and more, in this short video!

Books for Left-Brain Little Buddhas

From Becoming Buddha

Some of my, and my daughter’s, favorite children’s books for explaining evolution, the Big Bang, the life of the Buddha, and how to practice mindfulness and meditation!

No Playing Favorites. Everything is Awesome!!!

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Every minute of our rightnow may not be awesome, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t amazing. Through the decades, our dreams, our hairstyles, our favorite songs, and what makes us happy change. We change, as everything always does. We can find awesome, we can practice gratitude, and we can find favorites in every decade. If not, we’re in trouble.

I’m taking some advice from the song that has finally replaced my children’s devotion to “Let It Go” …

Mantras: Let’s Get This Under Control!


Many people find my blog each day searching for mantras. What’s interesting is that they often search for “mantras to control children” or “mantras to control anger.” But mantras are not about controlling our minds or our children. They are tools, the navigational instruments we use to sail upon the stormy seas of parenting and living. Here are some of my favorites…

Primal Scream: Song of the Romantic Toddler, Song of the Exasperated Parent


In many ways, a good deal of our parental frustration is due to our children being little Walt Whitmans, tiny romantics whose loafing in the grass conflicts with our classical desires for order and efficiency. To that end, I’ve composed a {profanity-laced} mash-up that unleashes our inner beasts, primal screams, and barbaric yawps.

9 Life Lessons From Beverly Hills, 90210


I am a huge fan of Beverly Hills, 90210. I’ve seen EVERY EPISODE. TWICE. {Okay, more like five times.} I graduated from high school the same year as Donna Martin, though with far less drama. As my grownup self watches reruns of the show that guided me through the formative years of high school, college, and early adulthood, I am often surprised by the deep, Zen-like wisdom hidden beneath the surface of the Peach Pit, California University, and Casa Walsh.