March 3, 2019

If you are hungry, and want to make something to eat, you can make a sandwich. Take two pieces of bread, put something between them and eat. But, what if you added some condiments, used some fresh baked bread, maybe made a little side salad and a pickle, all arranged on a beautiful place. What if you poured yourself something delicious to drink, and sat down by a sunny window with a cloth napkin... that sandwich has now become really special, and this lunch experience has been elevated. 

What do you need to cr...

October 19, 2018

On a retreat in Ojai, I finally understood the true meaning of surrender.

The word surrender in our country tends to come with military connotations, and the image of waving a white flag. It's the point at which you admit that you are powerless and are asking for mercy. I can remember being forced to surrender by my older brothers, because no matter how solid my will, they were still bigger and stronger, and I would never defeat them.

Maybe to make up for my size and age, I sharpened my mind and my tongue and g...

September 11, 2018

During my meditation class the other night I asked my students to share some reasons they are currently working on a meditation practice. There were many inspiring and thoughtful answers, but one caught me off guard. One student said that he meditated in order to feel less lonely. And another student agreed, that she felt like meditation helped her to feel less lonely as well. Of course, coming to a class and meeting other like-minded people is a great way to help loneliness, but these students were talking a...

August 30, 2018

There’s a lot of apps out there to help you either learn how to meditate, or help you keep up with your practice. Here's my five favorites.

5. 10% Happier

You like high-end, high quality products

You are not afraid to pay a premium for the best

You’d like to learn from famous teachers

You’d like video too, not just audio

This app was created by journalist and TV personality Dan Harris, after his best-selling book of the same name. Since he is in the media world, he has access to some really great personalities and...

May 7, 2018

Morning routines are having a moment. 

Youtube is full of videos showing beautiful relaxing mornings spent journaling, sipping coffee and leisurely getting ready for the day. They are lovely and inspiring. 

This post will not tell you what you should do in the morning, or even if you should have a morning routine, but it will ask you WHY. Why have a morning routine? What is the purpose? 

If you are like me and you have struggled for a long time against routine, this may help. Often times, those of us who struggl...

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