Retreating to Bliss and Staying Present in the World

We think of meditation as something that separates us from the world, that takes us, perhaps, to Vermont for a long weekend. Allowing feelings to simply be, to connect us with our humanness, gets at the basic sense of feeling worthy to be. I want to tell you about Being Brave, The Shambhala Sangha Retreat I just finished. Really, … Continue 

Say What You Mean (But Don’t Say It Mean)

By observing your brain at work and play, you become more aware of judgments bubbling up. And when you are aware of them, you can choose whether to act on them. One of things that books and teachers will tell you about Buddhism is that meditation makes you less judgmental. That’s not really what happens, though. You never stop … Continue 

Why I Meditate: “Because It Works!”

I remember reading somewhere that the first step in getting disentangled is experiencing entanglement. You have to be able to see what’s going on before you can have a workable relationship with it, and this is what I’ve found meditation does for me. I don’t really know how meditation works or why it works – … Continue