Practice Kindness

One of the many things that you can do for your happiness and the happiness of others is to practice kindness. Kindness has the capacity to spread like wildfire. If you are kind to the grocery clerk who checked you out, he or she will be kind to the rest of the people she serves […]

A Song For All Beings

Last Saturday night, I attended a performance of A Song For All  Beings to a packed house. Composed and produced by Jennifer Berezan and friends, A Song For All Beings is based on the Buddhist practice of metta and the four immeasurable minds or Brahma Viharas (divine abodes) of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and […]

Guided Meditation for Loving Kindness

This guided meditation for loving kindness was created by Michael Sealey and is quite good for learning how to give and receive loving kindness, compassion, happiness, abundance and healing and eliminating stress and anxiety. Michael begins with a soothing body scan that takes about 7 minutes. Then he asks us to bring into mind an […]

Joy is Great for Your Happiness

Did you know that joy is great for your happiness and health? That’s right! According to Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD in her book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, people who experience a lot of joy in their lives tend to be happier, live longer, and be in better health than […]

Taking Care of Our Families

Taking care of our families is just as important as dharma practice. Even though we are taught that “non-attachment is essential,” we must continue to love and support our family members. I find this teaching to be really essential. At a time when many of my friends were attending retreats away from their families, I […]

Loving Kindness for All Beings

The music in this video is by Ashana from her album, All is Forgiven. The song is called, Loving Kindness for all beings! A friend of mine shared this with me for healing, relaxation, and inner peace. It was the one song I relied on during my recent eight weeks of cancer treatments. The words […]

The Basic Irrelevance of the Human Condition

Modern cosmologists have investigated our place in the universe and has found that our lives on earth are basically irrelevant. Thomas Merton recognized this long before it became a scientific fact. He wrote this in The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, which was published in 1975. This was almost fifteen years before cosmologists even proved […]

5 Questions to Ask At the Dinner Table

These words of wisdom come from Dr. Anil Gupta through Mindvalley. I am happy to share this with you and your children. Dr. Gupta suggests 5 questions to ask at the dinner table. Your relationships, above all else, determine how happy you feel on a day-to-day basis. The quickest and most effective way of improving […]

Let Go of Scarcity and Fear by Cultivating Joy and Gratitude

In this video, we learn to let go of scarcity and fear by cultivating joy and gratitude. It is another segment from Super Soul Sunday in which Oprah Winfrey interviews Dr. Brené Brown. Dr. Brown says, “When we lose our tolerance to be vulnerable, joy becomes foreboding, and so what we do in moments of […]

The Four Immeasurable Minds

The four immeasurable minds are some of my favorite insights that have come from the Buddha. What are the four immeasurable minds? They are loving kindnesss, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. I can remember a time when I had muscle invasive bladder cancer for the first time in 1997. I was watching my daughter, Rachael, […]