Radical Remission Course

I am very excited to tell you about Dr. Kelly Turner’s new course, RADICAL REMISSION: Applying the 9 Healing Factors Into Your Own Life. This is the same course she teaches in her workshops and it will be available for purchase online on Friday, March 18. As you may know, Dr. Turner gave my new […]

Be Your Own Advocate for Life

The first principle of mindfulness in healing is to be your own advocate for life and health! What does it mean to be your own advocate in the context of living in a fast-paced society with many social, economic, energetic, and environmental crisis? In the first place, it means to stand up for yourself so […]

Give Back

The seventh of the 7 Principles of Mindfulness in Healing from the book, Healing with the 7 Principles of Mindfulness is to give back to your community when you are ready. Here is why. When you are battling cancer or other illnesses, the last thing on your mind is to give back to your community […]

Grief that Brings Us Back to Our True Home

This poem by Alice Walker appeared on Tricycle.com. She teaches us about the grief that brings us back to our true home. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches the our true home is living in the present moment. This is accompanied by the insight of interbeing, which is the interconnectedness of all things and the […]

The Healing Power of Equanimity

These words of wisdom from Darlene Cohen, a long time teacher of Buddhism, on Tricycle.com demonstrate the healing power of equanimity. She learned this lesson the hard way, having to deal with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2011 from ovarian cancer. No Goal | November 21, 2014 Just as a […]

Forest Bathing

Today is  November 7, 2014. I arrive at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center snuggled in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. I walk in the woods a bit and realize I am forest bathing. The joy I feel being there is enhanced by the early morning sunlight streaming through the trees. The canopy […]

Can We Avoid Becoming Complete Robots

D. T. Suzuki was one of the seminal figures in bringing Zen to the West. He noted that our modern civilization is dehumanizing us at a rapid rate, even back then when he wrote in the ’50s and ’60s, he could see this was already becoming true. Now it is worse than ever. Can we […]

10 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

I came across this article on 10 things you need to know about breast cancer. Having been living with bladder cancer for almost 18 years now, I have heard about most of these before. In fact, they apply almost unchanged to just about any form of cancer. Just last week, I was notified that there […]

Giving is the Best Communication

This video shows us how giving is the best communication. It is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi said, “Make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, harmony; Where there is error, truth; Where there is doubt, […]

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 […]