Losar Tashi Delek!

Happy new moon and happy Tibetan New Year. Beginning tomorrow, there is an auspicious window for practice. Whether you follow Buddhist teachings or not, you can join in the energy of this time. Whatever your practice: yoga, meditation, nature, self-love, whispering sweet nothings to people in the grocery store... use this window to conjure kindness. … Continue reading Losar Tashi Delek!

Insight in unlikely places

Tonglen (Tibetan: གཏོང་ལེན་, Wylie: gtong len, or tonglen) is Tibetan for 'giving and taking' (or sending and receiving), and refers to a meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism. Tong means "giving or sending", and len means "receiving or taking". Tonglen is also known as exchanging self with other. Wikipedia I first encountered tonglen years ago in Sedona. Though the … Continue reading Insight in unlikely places

The Secret to Success in Life

Years ago, I was sitting cross-legged on the floor in a seminar in Albuquerque, and I realized something. I love Ayurveda, but why do I love it? It has many nourishing practices and addresses the whole individual, but that isn’t why I love it. What I realized in Albuquerque was that I was in love with … Continue reading The Secret to Success in Life

Healing the Soul of the World

"What I do for one, I do for the other." In An Accidental Awakening, I share the affirmation that peaked my interest during our root chakra inquiries that year. This was a new concept to me at the time: that I was an extension of the earth and what I did for her, I also … Continue reading Healing the Soul of the World

1 way to improve your meditation

Years ago, I completed my level 4 Spring Forest Qigong certification. I had fallen in love with this beautiful practice by Master Chunyi Lin. Each year, around Chinese new year, Master Lin gives the energy forecast for the year. He talks about which parts of the world will have a strong economy and which parts … Continue reading 1 way to improve your meditation

Meditation Mumble

My daughter sat down next to me as I was completing my morning meditation. "And may all beings benefit," I said with a bow. "Mom," she said, "what are Mayo Beings?" "What?" I asked. "You said Mayo Beings." Ah, yes," I replied. "I was saying a prayer for the tiny people who live inside the … Continue reading Meditation Mumble

The secrets of life

I am in intense and joyful final revisions of my yoga manuscript. It's a 'kill your darlings' kind of process. What is self-indulgence and what moves the story forward? I'm choosing to omit this piece. But I can happily post it here and give it a life of its own. My favourite author as a … Continue reading The secrets of life

Chakra support for the holidays

4 main chakras spring to mind as I watch the holiday energy unfold. Holidays can be complicated. "Think you're enlightened? Spend a week with your family." ~Ram Dass Family can feel comforting and confusing. Fun and frantic. Helpful and hopeless. Reassuring and infuriating. Enter the chakras: Root chakra is necessary for grounding. Whether it's the … Continue reading Chakra support for the holidays

Inspiration Required

I'm 25 days into a 40-day practice chanting Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung. I usually chant on my front step during my morning meditation. This morning, I decided to chant in the tub during a nice bath. I chant aloud on my step, but not loud. I don't want to scare the … Continue reading Inspiration Required

The Squirrelly Nature of Mind

I sat on my front step this morning, preparing for meditation, when I heard a loud noise on the neighbour's fence. I looked over to see a black squirrel chasing a grey one. The grey one scratched down the fence as the black one stood on top. What surprised me was the hare. Sitting at … Continue reading The Squirrelly Nature of Mind