Embodying Practice

Its difficult enough to maintain a dedicated formal mindfulness practice in this culture of busyness and striving. Its another thing altogether to endeavor to embody the practices in everyday life. The ideal environment of a dedicated practice space offers conditioned cues for dropping in and minimizes worldly distractions. The real world is full of noise, … Continue reading Embodying Practice

Hack Proof Your Human Operating System with Mindfulness

I recently watched an excellent Ted Talk by Yuval Noah Harari about the unintended consequences of technology and big data. It begged some interesting questions: How well do you know yourself? Do you have a good understanding of your human operating system? Are your heart and mind susceptible to being hacked? Fear, hate, vanity, desire … Continue reading Hack Proof Your Human Operating System with Mindfulness

Saying Yes to This Life

I recently encountered a social media post from a yogi to his partner that said, "Thank you for saying yes to this life..." I knew this beautiful sentiment was coming from his spiritual tradition, but it really got me thinking deeply - beyond any kind of faith or belief system. I thought, "What a powerful … Continue reading Saying Yes to This Life

The Myths of Mindfulness

Mindfulness might be considered a household word these days and in its dissemination, it has been mischaracterized in a number of ways. It is a state of being that can be cultivated with practice, involving purposeful, yet gentle and compassionate, sustained attention to present moment experience. By cultivating mindfulness, we begin to see things more clearly, making space for … Continue reading The Myths of Mindfulness

Yoga Asana: A Moving Mindfulness Practice

For many people in the US, yoga is a wonderful entryway into the mindfulness and meditative practices. The use of movement makes it very accessible to those of us who struggle with restlessness and difficulty concentrating. In fact, asana (body postures) is only the 3rd of 8 limbs of the entire practice of yoga. They were intended to prepare the body and mind for meditation. … Continue reading Yoga Asana: A Moving Mindfulness Practice