What is a Hero?

What is a hero? Do you really know? Is it someone strong and vibrant who goes off and slays your enemies and upholds your friends? Or is it a football quarterback who wins the Super Bows in the last second with his “hail Mary” throw? Christoper McDougall doesn’t think it is any of these.   […]

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 […]

A Day With Anna Halprin

I had a very special day on Labor Day last Monday. I spent almost the entire day with Anna Halprin. In the morning, I picked her up at her Kentfield studio and took her to a restaurant for breakfast. We talked extensively about her summer and also about my book, Healing with the Seven Principles […]

Join Support Groups

The sixth of the 7 Principles of Mindfulness in Healing from the book, Healing with the 7 Principles of Mindfulness is to reach out to others. An important component of reaching out to others is to join support groups. Here is why. Support groups are wonderful for your healing experience because you are able to […]

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 […]

How to Transform Suffering into an Opportunity for Growth

Here we have more words of wisdom from Robert Emmons. This lesson is on how to transform suffering into an opportunity for growth. He quotes Abraham Maslow, who we heard from recently in The Creative Spirit Of The Self-Actualizer last month. It continues on the gratitude theme from A Gratitude Practice to Increase Happiness from […]

Ambition and Spirituality

Ken Wilber teaches us how to reconcile ambition and spirituality in these words of wisdom in his essay on “Egolessness” from his book The Essential Ken Wilber: An Introductory Reader. I’ve been admiring his work for more than twenty years now and find his wisdom very palpable. I have listened to the audio recordings of […]

Anna Halprin Came to Our Shabbat Sangha

Last Friday, Anna Halprin came to our Shabbat Sangha. My good friends, Maryanne and David, open their homes on the first Friday of the month for a group of us to come together and build a community. We gather in the kitchen around 6:45 PM and set out our delicious plates to share with each […]

A Precious Human Life

Here are two nice verses on a precious human life. The first one is from the Dalai Lama. A Precious Human Life Every day, think as you wake up: “Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am […]