Global Day of Prayer

​An invitation to participate in a GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER   Sunday, February 12 – 10 AM EST Aware of the suffering and serious division that is being created in the US and around the world, by opposing views and lack of understanding, we will be observing a Global Day of Prayer on Sunday, February 12. […]

You Are Enough

When Marisa Peer spoke at A-Fest sometime in 2015, she made the point that You Are Enough! Marisa is England’s best and most famous psychotherapist and her voice is captivating. Marisa tells you that you are enough through touching stories of helping burnt-out Hollywood celebrities, regular clients, and even her own family. You will learn […]

What do the Vaquita Porpoise, Jaguar and Elephant Have in Common?

What do the Vaquita porpoise, jaguar and elephant have in common? All of these animals are in immediate danger of extinction due human causes of over fishing, loss of habitat from deforestation and farming, interaction with human fishermen and farmers, and worst of all, pouching and climate change. Last Sunday, I witnessed three presentations and […]

For a Future to be Possible

The final session of the Earth Holder Retreat was on the theme of “For a Future to be Possible” on Sunday, May 1 at the Deer Park Monastery. The panel discussion was led by Brother Phap Ho (Brother Protection) and included Kristin Barker (founder of One Earth Sangha), Jayna Gieber (director of “People of the […]

Nurturing Practices

This article is a summary of a wonderful dharma talk on nurturing practices given by Sister Mai Nghiem, a French nun and Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition. The dharma talk was given on April 29th, 2016 at the Earth Holder Retreat at the Deer Park Monastery last week. I was especially moved by […]

The Bells of Mindfulness from Mother Earth

The polar ice caps are melting. BONG! The sea levels are rising. BONG! The deserts are expanding. BONG! The temperature is rising. BONG! Species are becoming extinct. BONG! Water sources are depleting. BONG! The rainforests are disappearing. BONG! These  bells of mindfulness from Mother Earth are ringing over and over again. Are we listening to […]

The Road Not Taken

The first of the Seven Principles of Mindfulness in Healing is to be your own advocate for healthcare. What does it mean to be your own advocate? At its most fundamental level, it means traveling the road not taken. Check out these words from Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. Two roads diverged in […]

Indiegogo Campaign for Healing with the 7 Principles of Mindfulness

The Indiegogo campaign for Healing with the 7 Principles of Mindfulness launched today. When you visit the site, you will be greeted by an extremely powerful video from 1980. It is a clip from an episode of In Search of … with Leonard Nemoy (Dr. Spock). It tells the story of the (miraculous ?) recovery […]

In Memory of Swami Veda Bharati

This article is in memory of Swami Veda Bharati, who passed away on July 14, 2015. When I met him in 1971, he was called Dr. Arya and he was the scholar in residence at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy under the direction of Swami Rama in the suburbs of Chicago. As […]

Dalai Lama Turned 80!

The Dalai Lama turned 80 yesterday and the whole world is celebrating. Roshi Joan Halifax sent out an announcement saying, “Yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama—great model of compassion—turned 80. Join us in wishing him a happy continuation!” I’m glad to see that Roshi Joan wrote “Join us in wishing him a happy continuation” because […]