Cancer is Like Enlightenment at Gunpoint

The most recent advance praise for Healing with the Seven Principles of Mindfulness states, “Cancer is like enlightenment at gunpoint.” The author of this praise is the 95 year old world renowned dancer, performer, and teacher, Anna Halprin and a great friend of mine. I am a cancer survivor, so what I have to share […]

Anna Halprin Turns 95!

I am so happy to report that my good friend and teacher, Anna Halprin turns 95 today. Just think of this. She is 95 and is still teaching dancers and still performing. Happy Continuation, Anna Last Thursday, I attended the first screening in the United States of her latest full-length movie, Journey in Sensuality: Anna […]

Treat Meditation Like Music You Can Dance To

These words of wisdom from the great Alan Watts teach us to treat meditation like music you can dance to. Almost all of us like music and, if you are like me, you love to dance. We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike […]

Prayer for the Twenty-First Century

This Prayer for the Twenty-First Century was composed by John Marsden. It was choreographed and performed by the Dandelions Dance Company. The background music was from Ashana’s Ave Maria. I listen to this recording on my iPhone quite frequently. May the road be free for the journey, May it lead where it promised it would. […]

May I Have the Courage

These words of wisdom come from my dear friend Gabrielle Roth. She passed away on October 22, 2012 and she is sorely missed by many of my friends and me. You can read about her passing here: In Memory Of My Beloved Teacher, Gabrielle Roth. Her son, Jonathan Horan, has taken over the Five Rhythms […]

The Five Rhythms Meditation Dance

Dance as a form of meditation is as old as civilization. Just think about the native American dances you have seen in movies. Or trance dances of the shamans in primitive societies in the Amazon. Irish folk dancing and even classical ballet are a kind of meditation for those who dance. Modern dance teachers such […]

Gratitude Is A Meditation Practice

Our students at Mindfulness in Healing, are often assigned a task to write down something that they are grateful for each day. In this way, they learn that gratitude is a meditation practice. Gratitude, along with generosity, patience, and other qualities are natural developments from regular meditation practices. Gratitude is a feeling of thanksgiving for […]

Dancing To The Rhythm Of Traffic

Gabrielle Roth was one of my root teachers of all time. In the video, she is dancing to the rhythm of traffic with her son, Jonathan Horan. It came to me in an email from Jonathan. When I studied and worked with her in the 1970’s, it was a wonderful and heart opening experience. I […]

Integrative Dancing With Anna Halprin

As we move closer to Super Bowl Sunday and to 16 years after the onset of bladder cancer in me, I want to honor one of the most important teachers who contributed to my recovery. This is integrative dancing with Anna Halprin. She offered a free class at Marin General Hospital for people with cancer […]

In Memory Of My Beloved Teacher, Gabrielle Roth

I am writing this post in memory of my beloved teacher, Gabrielle Roth. She died last night from lung cancer. May her memory be a blessing to everyone she touched. And boy, did she touch me! I spent several years working with her and was with her when she began the Moving Center. Before then, we […]

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