Take a Mindful Pause

Take a Mindful Pause

I know for me, even after 41 years of mindfulness meditation practice, that I can still at times be swayed by habitual actions, chores, and activities without granting too much attention to them. It’s an auto-pilot that we probably all know so well. We become caught up in the “doing” of activities or even in our thoughts by ruminating. In these times, we are not taking the time to pause and to be present. I know that I have to make the conscious choice to mindfully pause throughout my day. When we can make the conscious choice to invite momentary...

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Letting Go of Your Story

Letting Go of Your Story

The Story! Oh, how we like to listen to our thoughts and let them write a full story about someone else, a situation, or even ourselves. I know this myself in various situations of my life, be it the trauma, the health challenges (even those of late) and the relationships gone and forgotten. It spins around us like a spider capturing its prey. It creates unfair judgment against ourselves and that’s where we find the limiting self-beliefs. When we can look at the thoughts with open awareness, presence, acceptance and non-judgment, we stop the story in its tracks. Mindfulness is...

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Tender Heart of Compassion (with Guided Meditation)

Tender Heart of Compassion (with Guided Meditation)

Last week I had a health scare and it presented me with an opportunity to slow down, offer compassion to myself and reassess aspects of my life. On top of this, thankfully, I was still able to receive my second dose of the COVID vaccine which brought additional mental relief. Whew! In all, I know that I nor anyone wants to walk the road of pain in whatever form it may take, physical, mental or emotional. When I can bring the Light of Awareness to my fears and tears, the anxious thoughts, or the unpleasant feelings, I am moored in...

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The Steadiness of a Mountain (with a Mountain Meditation)

The Steadiness of a Mountain (with a Mountain Meditation)

Recently I created a customized guided meditation for a corporate client. I included in this meditation imagery of a mountain to promote stableness of mind. As I have been returning to my book-in-progress manuscript, I discovered this passage I wrote in relation to how the story we write about ourselves can be conquered by the steadiness of our inner truth and resilience. The story and all of its embellishments provide a sensuous distraction from the present state of being. It attracts us, and we are swooned by its very nature. Of course, the story is attractive, as reality itself can...

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Practice Seeing Yourself With Love

Practice Seeing Yourself With Love

Yesterday, I was beset with emotion based on various circumstances, be it a project I am working on, with finances of my business, but specifically the day’s health challenges. My mind strayed and I felt overcome with self-judgment, disappointment, and sadness. I had forgotten the truth of my existence. I had forgotten to be mindful as I allowed the critical mind to be in the forefront. We all have our moments, even myself when I am not choosing skillful means in how to respond to life. Thankfully, through my training and practice, I can stop, step back and let love...

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The Axis of Fear and Releasing Judgments

The Axis of Fear and Releasing Judgments

Judgment is pervasive in our lives more than we realize. The Axis of Fear, our fearful thoughts, arise with us in the morning, eat meals with us, go to work with us, spend time with our family and go to bed with us as well. The Spirit of Love does the same. Unfortunately, we spend more time listening to the Fear than we do the Love. Even though at our very core we are joined by a golden cord to Divine Love, the layer covering that core is the fear layer. It is this we must see through. It is not a...

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New On-Demand Video Library

New On-Demand Video Library

Last Wednesday, I had my first dose of the COVID vaccine, and I had such misty eyes afterward. I was truly relieved. To think that we could be back to normal very soon. I can’t wait to welcome those in Madison back to my space and to share in the sounds of the singing bowls, restorative yoga, classes and workshops. Of course, those who participate online from a distance, I will continue to serve you! This has been a challenging year for all of us, especially those in business for ourselves. I have been grateful for the grants I received...

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Rest in Awareness with RAIN | Radical Compassion

Rest in Awareness with RAIN | Radical Compassion

This is the final post in this Radical Compassion Series. Thank you for joining me. I know personally the benefits of RAIN as I tend to use it almost daily. It takes practice, yet it brings such kindness and tenderness to who we are as humans. This is what Tara Brach shares with us at the end of the study guide for the book. 4. Resting in Awareness (“After the RAIN”) is a sweet opportunity to reap the rewards of RAIN, as it deepens familiarity with loving awareness as the truth of who you are, more than any story you...

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Yes and Love  | Radical Compassion

Yes and Love | Radical Compassion

In Tuesday’s video livestream, I began our sharing with The Four Remembrances as Tara outlines in Radical Compassion, Chapter 11. In this teaching, I share the second and third remembrances and how we can use them for our RAIN practice. Below you will find the following on the the first three remembrances from Tara’s study guide. Information on her study guide is at the end of this post. Take a moment to review the Four Remembrances on page 229, and then: Reflect on a recent time when you’ve found yourself lost in trance (busyness, distraction, blame), and not attending to your...

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Pause for Presence | Radical Compassion

Pause for Presence | Radical Compassion

  From Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion, Chapter 11: Especially when strong emotions like fear, shame, and anger are running the show, we’ll do almost anything rather than be right here feeling our raw and unpleasant feelings. When we’re caught in our reactive trance, it’s as though we were on a bicycle pedaling away from the present moment, and the more stressed we feel, the faster we pedal. Whatever your deepest regrets about your life—ignoring your children, addictive bingeing, causing an accident, staying in an abusive relationship—all arise from being trapped inside a reactive trance. When we’re in trance, we’re unable to...

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What is It Like to Be You? | Radical Compassion

What is It Like to Be You? | Radical Compassion

In Chapter 10, we first look to uncover the hidden biases that we may have. Tara speaks of “Unreal Other” when we cannot see another’s pain because of our own judgments. It is a trance that keeps us separated from humanity. Once we become conscious of this we can respond to others while they are suffering, with understanding, compassion and an awake and inclusive heart. You can listen to my Mindfulness class on this topic. This focuses on Chapter 10 in Radical Compassion, “The RAIN of Compassion.” Also see Tara’s study guide in the resources below. Opening and Grounding Down...

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Taking in the Goodness | Radical Compassion

Taking in the Goodness | Radical Compassion

In Chapter 9, Tara speaks of our Basic Goodness. Just like the golden Buddha was originally covered with clay and mud, we too cover our goodness with our conditioned ego patterns of limit, judgment and doubt. As Tara says, “Basic goodness is the gold of our true nature: the universal qualities of awareness, aliveness, love, creativity, and intelligence that live through all of us.” In this audio, I use a meditation from one of Tara’s talks on RAIN. This is not the RAIN practice, but a meditation that is similar to Loving-Kindness with a lovely twist as we take in...

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