Change is the Only Constant

Change is the Only Constant

The leaves are a reminder: they’re turning from green to gold to red on the liquid amber trees outside my window, and many have already fallen to the ground. The same thing is happening up and down my street, around the neighborhood, and across the land, as autumn...
Mindful Communication

Mindful Communication

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I would like to encourage you to think beyond flowers and chocolate, to bring mindful awareness to how you communicate – with that special someone or any loved one or person you care about. After all, what is more important in a...
Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Would you like to spend a day dedicated to mindfulness practice, in a serene setting with other like-minded folks? Then please join me at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday, November 2, 2019! This retreat is intended for participants in my fall...
The Curiosity Paradox

The Curiosity Paradox

Curiosity is often regarded as a positive trait, associated with openness, optimism, resilience, and having good mental health. It has also been linked with longevity. Yet curiosity has its downside. After all, it is what killed the proverbial cat! My curiosity was...
Equanimity

Equanimity

What is equanimity? My dictionary defines it as “the quality of being calm and even tempered,” and offers “composure” as a synonym. Another synonym is “poised.” Of course, it’s possible to appear composed and poised on the outside while being a nervous wreck on the...
New mindfulness class and group offerings

New mindfulness class and group offerings

As summer is winding down, and those who are headed back to school are gearing up, I have been busy lining up my mindfulness class and group offerings for Fall 2018. Please keep reading to find out what’s on the calendar so far. And if you don’t see the class or group...
Transcend Dental Medication? Not quite!

Transcend Dental Medication? Not quite!

A few years ago I read an essay in a meditation-oriented magazine by someone who claimed he didn’t need medication any longer when he had dental work, because he was able to go into a meditative state, and “transcend dental medication.” I remember thinking, “dental...
Mechanisms of Mindfulness: How it works

Mechanisms of Mindfulness: How it works

If you are anything like me, before you can really adopt a new habit or make a change in your life, you need to understand “how does it work?” or “how will doing this help me feel better?” The diagram above illustrates one model of how mindfulness works that may...