Communicating Mindfully Through Email

Everywhere I look my daily life offers opportunities to become more mindful, present, aware, and responsive.  Everyday “mundane” tasks unfold in front of me, and I see the opportunity to serve them vs. how reactive and ultimately unmindful I have approached these interactions with life. One of those daily interactions, my attention was drawn to recently is email. A couple of weeks ago, I realized …

The Liberating Art Of Me Too

Have you ever tried to go to your talky mind for answers and ended up feeling frustrated and confused, unable to find answers? Have you ever realized how mean you are to yourself? Have you ever felt so full of love you thought your heart would explode? Have you ever felt so vulnerable you thought your heart would implode?

The Grace Of Receiving

Something to do.  My mind pulls for something to do.  Is it pulling to get away?  I don’t know, but it has an early morning sense of restlessness.  My mind jumps around trying to latch onto something. When the mind is searching, I can feel the physical tension; the cricky neck, and the tight right side.  When I notice it and become aware, it seems …

The Heart Of The Matter

Forced positivity, is nothing more than the mind refusing to accept the heart’s emotions. 

According to the HeartMath Institute, “from our current understanding of the elaborate feedback networks between the brain, heart and mental and emotional systems, it becomes clear that the age-old struggle between intellect and emotion will not be resolved by the mind gaining dominance over the emotions, but rather by increasing the harmonious balance between the mental and emotional systems – a synthesis that provides greater …

Love For The Dancing Mind

Always looking for a way to make things better. What if everything, I mean everything was the best it could possibly be in each moment, but our minds travel away and miss it?  Each time it doesn’t see it because it is somewhere else. Jumping in to stop what we don’t prefer is like jumping into a small pond to stop a ripple. What if …

7 Perception Shifting Books

Information has an amazing ability to transform our choices and illuminate our own knowingness.  At the same time, information can keep us suspended in this middle space of never being enough.  We see a headline promoting something, and we think, I want that because I don’t feel like I have it in my life.  We place our hope in learning about something to get away …

Groundless

We realize that there is no alternative to the experience that we have.  Our experience is the only experience there is.  This is the ultimate teacher. -Pema Chodron (photo by Jake Ingle)

Problems

The sense of problems niggles at me.  I can’t help but question what all this thinking, all this judgment, all this monotony, this constant striving to get somewhere at some point is – it is like a treadmill.  I have watched repetitive habit energies circling my body, brain, and emotions.  Survival tactics, looking into the deep dark chasm of anger and fear.  My emotions and thinking …