Gratitude Teachings by The Buddha

In the Netflix series on Buddha, there was an interesting conversation with a householder couple that presented the gratitude teachings of the Buddha. I have reproduced the English translations here, along with a snap shot of the couple. Buddha: It is important to have harmony in a married life. If the husband and wife share […]

Gratitude and Desire

In my new book, Mindfulness Breaks: The path to inner peace and happiness (under construction,) I have a whole chapter on gratitude and offer a Gratitude Mindfulness Break. Gratitude is an important practice if we want to get beyond being self-centered and progress in spiritual development. This is something I have learned from personal experience. […]

Self-Forgiveness

Self-forgiveness, like self-compassion can often be very difficult. If we remember what Jack Kornfield said, “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of a better past,” we can begin to forgive ourselves and other people in our lives. In my way of thinking, forgiveness, like gratitude and loving kindness, are clear paths to inner peace and […]

The Buddha

For the past five or six weeks, I have been watching episodes of The Buddha on Netflix. The series was produced by the famous Indian producer B. K. Modi. In truth, it is a Bollywood movie in 54 episodes. The costumes and jewelry are extraordinarily beautiful, but I can’t same the same thing about the […]

Interbeing with All Life

When I discussed interbeing with all life with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson several years ago, he said, I would say in modern times, (I need to define modern as in the last century).  What you said recent times was 25 years.  In modern times, we have come to learn about ecology.  I’ll use a single […]

Mindfulness Breaks™ in Your Home

In my last article, I introduced the concept of a Mindfulness Break™. Now I want to tell you about Mindfulness Breaks in your home or workplace. A Mindfulness Break in your home or workplace is guided meditation experience in which I train you to be mindful in such a way that you can do it […]

Can We Learn to Laugh at Ourselves?

Can we learn to laugh at ourselves for the situation we’ve created in the United States now with money being more important than people, nature or life on earth? Can we learn to laugh at ourselves for destroying the only planet that we know of that can support life as we know it? Isn’t it […]

Letting Go

One of the main principles of Mindfulness in Healing is to offer people what you can in the way of healing and letting go of any expectations for their results. When I teach mindfulness breaks in people’s homes or in my space, I do my best to encourage them to have a daily practice and […]

The Land of the Free…

Americans pride ourselves as living in “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” But are we really free? Many of us are slaves to our jobs and can’t really make end meet. Others are slaves to alcohol, drugs and food. But we all want peace and security. Meanwhile, the rich are […]

The Illusion of Separateness

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is famous for saying, “We are here to awaken to the illusion of our separateness.” What exactly does this mean? In my way of contemplating this teaching, I think of the following with Lissa Rankin which I received this morning: Dear Jerome, What if there is no “right” or “wrong?” […]