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Kindness

Kindness

We are all spinning with shock and sadness , anger and confusion after the senseless shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut today. This is the poem I reach for in times of tragedy. When my mind goes numb and my heart is breaking. I share it as an offering. Anger, blame and righteousness can [...]

Enjoying the Show

Enjoying the Show

I just returned from a seven-day silent meditation retreat. It was a wonderful opportunity to spend some intimate time with my heart, my body and, yes, my MIND But I must say… spending 7 days “alone” with my mind, undistracted, felt a lot like going on a theater cruise.  Oh, the shows! … at all [...]

Letting the Mud Settle

Letting the Mud Settle

It rained the other day, so I couldn’t resist pulling on my boots and whistling the dogs down to the river to check out the fall colors. Everything was drippy and beautiful. One must, in that situation, simply squat down and take it all in. At my feet, the shallow water was brown and stirred-up [...]

Looking Out a Different Window

Looking Out a Different Window

This morning in the cottage while my tea was cooling, I  returned to the front door for my slippers. Usually I don’t spend long in this spot- treating it as a transition step- removing boots, hanging up my coat, then heading into the big room. But this time, when I turned to return, something out [...]

Waking Up On The Right Side of the Bed …

Waking Up On The Right Side of the Bed …

“Just take a moment to meditate, where you are. And as you breathe in and out, notice if there are any attack weapons or defensive strategies hidden in your inner bunker … and then gently disarm them with your breath. Yes, in just a moment you can defuse yourself … and make the world a [...]

Fharma- Setting the compass

Fharma- Setting the compass

I’ve been thinking a lot about Intention lately. How powerful it is. And how often I can live my days on automatic pilot- the opposite of intentional. This week, in the new Mindfulness class I am teaching in the cottage, I shared my favorite Zen saying: “The most important thing is to remember the most important [...]

Fharma-  I am too busy NOT to meditate!

Fharma- I am too busy NOT to meditate!

It’s Tuesday and I’m just getting around to my “weekend” Mindfulness Reminder…                   Well, I guess that is proof that I have more on my plate recently than I have time. Often when I get busy and tasks have urgent deadlines, I am tempted to skip my [...]

Fharma-  Be like the trees…..

Fharma- Be like the trees…..

Dear Mindful Friends, I hope you got some earth-quenching rain where you are. As I stepped outside a moment ago, I actually felt the temperature drop by the minute… as if summer had just passed the baton to fall. Don’t know about you, but I am ready for fall… ready to leave summer behind with [...]

Fharma: The Sustenance of Silence

Fharma: The Sustenance of Silence

  “Fharma” …discovering the dharma through life on a farm ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It is Sunday. and rainy. the beginning of September. There is silence.  everywhere. even in the white noise of rain on the metal roof, there is silence. Feels like space.  feels like emptiness. Feels sweet. and sad. Tastes like a long, cool drink after [...]