The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion
 
Thích Nhat Hanh

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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 and orange, still warm and yet, not too hot.

Amy is pregnant with her first baby, her belly beginning to blossom with fullness, and she h...

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 everything from fierce to delicate movements, sweat generously pouring off of my body as it hurls itself through space — birthing a thousand pre...

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 relationship. In short, they want to do what it takes to enjoy their time together more fully.

They are both in their seventies and have been to...

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, or when we don’t want to feel.

Recently I worked with a client who was in the habit of holding her breath as a way of avoiding feeling what s...

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 lives. These include our health, relationships, work and our minds. Sobriety in all things.

Sobriety tempers us and invites us to respond rat...

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