Valentines in a Bubble.

Valentines is nearly upon us. Here we are, celebrating yet another holiday after a challenging year like no other.   For some of us, these past 11 months may have been the biggest test of love we’ve ever had to endure. Put another way: how do you not lose your shit occasionally when your significant other […]

Thanksgiving with the Buddha, Part 1

Rarely do I watch or listen to the news in the mornings.  It is too soon after my daily practices and way too much of a shock to my mind.   And yet today, I chose to ignore that awareness and listen in out of concern for family members, wondering and somewhat anxious about Thanksgiving. The […]

Equanimity

As a solid rock cannot be moved by the wind, the wise are not shaken by praise or blame. – The Buddha Wouldn’t that be nice? Sometimes quotes give me a clear understanding that I have some work to do. Although through years of practice I have developed greater trust in being able to handle an […]

Deconstruction

“I’ve heard you are an atheist these days.” I’ve learned to smile. Statements like that abound. I laugh to myself because, in these moments, I actually find myself deeply in love with the Divine nature. I find myself releasing and relishing in it in ways I haven’t in a long time. I was recently asked […]

Suicide and self-acceptance

I have been struck recently by the deaths of two celebrities. First, Kate Spade and now Anthony Bourdain. Suicide, which many call selfish, I find to be a large mirror, an outward act of the immense suffering one is experiencing. When you feel that your only option for relief is to no longer live, your […]

Love – A noun or a verb? Valentine’s reflections.

Love was in the air! Valentine’s Day came and went and we turned our thoughts toward love for a day, and perhaps, that someone our lives. I have a someone in my life that I’ve loved deeply for 32 years (my wife) and usually find the pressure of this day a little challenging.  Should I […]

PILGRIMAGE

Recently, Michael had the opportunity to realize a long-held dream, following his dharma to participate in a retreat with a teacher that he has admired for several years.  Here, he chronicles his journey, along with the thoughts, reflections, and lessons that he experienced along the way. DAY 1 As I settle in to my airplane […]