Today’s post is about yesterday, one fine day. Such a day can be a weekly occurrence for me. Usually, it is a Thursday or Friday. This week, it was yesterday. A cocktail of medication--my weekly dose--makes these days a possibility but not a guarantee. And for a while, that seemed enough. Then, I was in... Continue Reading →
Who Are We?
“You are that” or “that you are”--Tat Tvam Asi--a Sanskrit “great saying” or pronouncement from the Hindu Upanishads. Each one of us is unique; it is our connection to one another. Together, we are whole. Oneness never diminishes the individual but honors the unique space each of us occupies. We mirror the world for one another;... Continue Reading →
Why the Open Heart?
Buddhists believe the “genuine heart” (bodhichitta) resides in all beings--no matter the selfishness or unkindness. It is the possibility in each of us to awaken, to change. The genuine heart is neither neutral nor doormat. It is fiercely hard to be compassionate. After all, it’s so easy not to be. Why meet every situation with equanimity? For... Continue Reading →
A Stone in Hand
We create tension in our lives every time we stray from the moment, splitting our attention between the reality we are living and the life we want. We let go of who we are for who we want to be. And we want it to happen overnight, if not immediately. As Mark Nepo says, we... Continue Reading →
The Bud and the Bloom
“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” Emma Stone I’m reminded of Elizabeth Appell who also wrote a few lines on the risk to bloom. …and the day came when the risk to remain tight, in a bud, became more painful than the risk it took... Continue Reading →