On Being WOKE

Posted on April 5, 2021

Sometime in early 2017, I was in a hair salon with my daughter, Nitasha, and her hairdresser asked my opinion on a challenge she was facing. As we got deeper into a conversation about “the right thing to do”, K turns to Nitasha and says, “Oh my! Your Mom is soooo woke!”. Having never heard that word before, it took me a minute to connect the dots: Woke, Sleep, Awake! Ah! I got it! She meant awakened or conscious or aware…

On Emotional Legacies

Posted on March 26, 2021

One small emotion, and here we go … again! The mind starts to create story after story, moving from the past to the future, rehearsing, venting, screaming. The body first responds by trembling, feeling flushed, with sweaty armpits, shaky hands, and a raised voice that eventually leading to neckache, stomachache, headache—you know the drill of this drama that starts with one emotion. Then we blame the other—the parent, the sibling, the partner, the friend, or boss, or peer. Oh, my!…

Koan in Zen traditions

Posted on March 8, 2021

In last week’s meditation, I posed this contemplative riddle (termed Koan in Zen traditions) to the attendees: I invite you to take a minute to read this question again, perhaps even say it out loud so you can hear your own voice dropping this inquiry into your subconscious. There is great power and unfolding in such contemplations – the ripples of which gently summon answers immediately and/or continuously over a period of time. In this week’s Mindfulness Meditation Monday, I…

The Lake of Life

Posted on March 6, 2021

Many of you have reached out to get the printed version of this short mindfulness story I wrote and shared in last week’s Mindfulness Meditation Monday. I’m humbled and grateful by your request. This fills my heart and nourishes my Soul. Here it is… There was once a distraught man named Joe who left his family, children, and business. He was fed up with his life! His wife was always critiquing him, his children always complaining, his employees always wanting…

On The Lake Of Life

Posted on February 21, 2021

With the winter storms hitting hard across the nation, I hope and pray that all of you and your families are safe and well. If your heart and mind need a little rest and refueling, please join me for my FREE weekly Mindfulness Meditation Monday (MMM) session from 8-8:30 pm PST. Last week, we explored mindfulness in relation to the nature of our mind. This week, we will continue to dig a little deeper into the mystery that it is our…