August 15, 2020

There are many reasons to have a committed, long-term relationship and still lots of us shy away from them because they take energy and invite us to look closely at ourselves. They require attention and care and like gardens, when we tend to them, they reward us richly. At times you may fin...

March 31, 2020

The sun is setting and I am on a windy mountain top in the open space behind our house. Since very few cars are on the road these days, the air is clear and I can see the entire San Francisco Bay.

Music plays through my earbuds, a spontaneous prayer of apology comes flooding forth and my bo...

December 1, 2018

Being alive is such a privilege. This becomes clearer to me every day.

Recently, I was at Muir Beach in Northern California with my daughter, Meera and Amy, a dear friend of mine from New York. We went in the early evening, a time of day when the light was simply exquisite, shimmering gold...

January 4, 2018

Every moment that I am not appreciating the warm sun on my face and the last lilting notes of music bathing me in sweetness is a loss. If I’m not consciously feeling the weight of my own substance, my body laying on the hardwood floor after two hours of full-range dancing replete with every...

November 30, 2017

Recently, I was privileged to do a counseling session with a beautiful older couple. They came because they wanted to hone their ability to love one another well, to expand their capacity to be present with each other and to look closely at what is both working and not working in their rela...

November 16, 2017

Breath is our ally.

The breath innocently and effortlessly delivers us into the welcoming arms of the present moment. Breathing happens automatically and, oftentimes, we forget to breathe. We may find ourselves holding our breath in moments of fear, when we are concentrating on something, o...

November 11, 2017

What does it mean to live a sober life? Sobriety is not limited to alcohol and drugs or to activities like gambling or watching porn. Living a healthy life entails looking through the monocle of sobriety — holding it up to our eye and doing a 360 degree scan into each of the arenas of our l...

October 13, 2017

Fires are raging here in Northern California. Although they are not blazing in my town, the air is thick with smoke, the sky is hazy as the sun attempts to peek through. The fires are leveling homes and thousands of acres. What has become of all of the critters dwelled there, both human and...

June 25, 2017

They say that “time heals all.” I would agree. I recently ended a long-term relationship and although the ending process began months ago, my heart is still tender. I sensed what was true and yet I was reluctant to admit to myself that it was time to let go of this deeply sweet relationship...

May 19, 2017

It’s a gloriously sunny Saturday morning and I’m sitting at the table with my daughter, Meera while she eats her french toast. All of a sudden, I am awash with gratitude for her presence in my life and amazed by the depth of love I feel just sitting there with her. In the background, Stevie...

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