We are all part of a living system.

I believe that who we are—how we show up in the world, how we treat others—is more important than what we do.

I’ve also experienced that, when we change how we are in the world, the world around us changes.

I write about the practices that have helped me. 

Spoiler alert: It mostly comes down to walking, nature, mindfulness and acceptance.

The Benefits of Inner and Outer Silence

The Benefits of Inner and Outer Silence

I wrote this post more than three years ago, long before COVID-19. Today, many people are dealing with silence and solitude on a level they never expected (or wanted). I’m feeling powerless to help, so I’m sharing my experiences in dealing with solitude and uncertainty.

Learning to Observe Thoughts

Learning to Observe Thoughts

One of the foundations of inner peace for me is realizing that I am not my thoughts. In order to do that, though—and this is pretty much the core of everything I practice and write about—I had to learn to observe my thoughts, to recognize that the thoughts exist on...

My Word for 2017: Allow

My Word for 2017: Allow

I don't have any particular New Year's traditions any more. Through my 20s and 30s, I grew tired of resolutions, then commitments and goals—all things that ultimately made me feel bad about myself (usually within about six weeks). In my early 40s, I decided to focus...

50 Thoughts on Turning 50

50 Thoughts on Turning 50

On the last day of my 40s, I'm writing a list of things I've learned so far. (I know, it's not exactly original, but it is mine.) Without children, a marriage or a traditional career milestones, this birthday has snuck up on me. In some ways, I feel blindsided. And...

An Open Letter to Those Going off Medication

An Open Letter to Those Going off Medication

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin Recently, I've been seeing more and more stories / posts / tweets by people in the process of withdrawing from medication. These have brought up...

Music as a Teaching

Music as a Teaching

I love music—who doesn’t?—yet it had never occurred to me that music itself could be a teaching, that it could bring people to the place, the experience, that spiritual teachers’ words point to, the transcendence that’s sometimes found in...

Mindfulness and the MRI

Mindfulness and the MRI

Note: A friend expressed concern and mentioned that, in the U.S., people only have MRIs if something is seriously wrong. In Canada, MRI is sometimes used in place of other screening technologies; this was just a checkup. Ok, I admit, this is a...

Freelance Feast (and Famine)

Freelance Feast (and Famine)

Every freelancer goes through feast or famine, but I have to say that I think I've hit some extremes on both ends. After two years of significant financial challenges, last year I earned twice the highest amount I've ever earned in a calendar...

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