Global Compassion Meditation

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Last year, we had a great idea. We thought “Why don’t we have our annual fundraiser be like a run or a bike ride where people get sponsored by their friends and family to go a certain distance?” “Except we will have all of our participants meditate.” “They can meditate on compassion”. “For every dollar donated someone will meditate for a minute on compassion.” “We can raise money and…

We All Want to be Happy

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Throughout the ages, humankind has sought to uncover the “great mystery,” to explain the unexplainable, to prove the unprovable, and to understand that which lies beyond concepts and therefore is impossible to put into words. One could ask, “Why”?  The answer might be, “Because we all want to be happy and we’re trying to figure out how.” While it is true that every living being wishes to be happy…

Cook's Corner

Sunday, 07 December 2014
I’d like to dispel the stigma around using leftovers in the kitchen. And by leftovers, I don’t mean eating cold pizza for breakfast. There are a few beneficial reasons for learning the art of using leftovers in your cooking: it cuts down on food costs, exercises your imaginative and creative mental muscles, and perhaps most importantly, it cuts down on food waste. Here we are in a country with…

When the Chocolate Runs Out

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Where does happiness come from?  In this excerpt from “When the Chocolate Runs Out” by Lama Yeshe (Wisdom Publications), Lama shares ways to tap into true lasting happiness as opposed to temporary pleasures based on external circumstances. Salvation Through Chocolate We love chocolate.  Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, “As long as I have chocolate, I’ll be happy.” This is the power of attachment…
We often hear: “We all want happiness and don’t want to suffer.” So what is this happiness that we are seeking?  Is it the pleasure of getting what we want, having our friends or family around us, being treated well, being healthy and looking good? Is it the pleasure of living a comfortable life, of being financially secure, of having a good job and reputation, of having ‘made it’?…

Happiness from the Inside

Sunday, 07 December 2014
Following the widespread empowerment of Black Friday and the holiday hysteria of showing affection through “stuff,” as a parent of two young boys, I often find it is useful to pause and reflect on the experience of genuine happiness. Like many others who have grown up in the United States, since my early childhood I have received a healthy dose of conditioning to believe that happiness is redeemed through…

Savor the Little Things

Thursday, 30 October 2014
About a year ago I started a practice upon waking each morning to savor something with my senses; to really take in the delight of being fully present in the sensations of enjoyment.  For me this was usually a smell - the jasmine on my porch, a candle, or the smell of the outdoors.  Sometimes it was a touch, such as holding a cup of warm tea, or the…

Kindness Works Wonders

Thursday, 30 October 2014
My father lived the last six months of his life in a “memory care” facility located near my sister’s home in Maryland. I flew back twice to visit him while he was there and always came away with a sense of deep gratitude for the unbelievable loving kindness of his caregivers. They were remarkable. Before lunchtime, the residents would gather in a very large living room with comfy chairs…

Cook's Corner

Sunday, 26 October 2014
Few foods shout as loudly as garlic does. For those of you who have eaten a raw clove in the name of its anti-bacterial properties, hoping that it will eliminate your cough/flu/illness/vampire problem, you know, experientially, that its potency will burn its way down your throat. It will scream. It will dance. It will enliven your tongue, throat, and esophagus. Yet we mince it up, we roast it, or…


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