Amongst the Trees

As a child growing up, some of my best adventures were experienced in the woods behind my house. Climbing trees in an effort to make it up high enough to catch a glimpse of the back of my house was the ultimate goal.  Once perched securely up in the crook of a tree I would […]

Lessons from the Garden

When Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller and her family land in a house with a hundred-year-old Japanese garden, she uses the paradise in her backyard to glean the living wisdom of our natural world. Through her eyes, rocks convey faith, ponds preach stillness, flowers give love, and leaves express the effortless ease of letting go. […]

Breath Work

“The tranquility of order is a dynamic tranquility, the stillness of a flame burning in perfect calm, of a wheel spinning so fast that it seems to stand still. Silence in this sense is not only a quality of the environment, but primarily an attitude, an attitude of listening. … Let us give to one […]

A Deliberate Gift

First I dropped my keys… then a water canteen… and finally a bag of mandarins slipped from my arms while transitioning from my car to the back door of the Center. Watching my recent farmer’s market produce roll under my car, I paused. A deep sigh proceeded as I detected a pattern as of late. […]

QiGong Home Practice

We love having Priscilla Tupper share her QiGong-TaiChi fusion classes here at the center. We also know that not everyone has the availability to show up these selected Wednesday evenings, so we thought we would share some recommended videos that you can do at your convenience at home…or wherever! And this one features Priscilla Tupper […]

Experimenting with Meditation Techniques

“Meditation is a technique for bringing us into the present moment and the experience of living in that moment, free from anxiety about the past or apprehension about the future.” -James S. Gordon, MD Meditation is my sanity, my secret sauce for staying grounded in this fast paced and demanding life…and for remembering me amidst […]

Gone Rogue

Recently, a friend asked if I ever went rogue from all the tools I teach about pausing, breathing and mindfulness practice during a difficult time in my life. She continued to probe further….. “And during this time were you cognizant as to whether or not you were experiencing greater distress and suffered as a result […]

Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

The following article is republished with permission from Eric Nelson and Dr. Kelly Turner. Spirituality and the radical remission of cancer   When Kelly Turner began researching spontaneous remission as part of her doctoral dissertation, she did her best to keep an open mind. This led her to the realization that the avenues for treating […]

Meditation: Living in the Mystery

At five in the morning I stumble out of bed, splash my face with cold water and find my way to my cushion.  Sitting cross legged and with a relaxed posture I close my eyes and simply relax my mind into the silent contentment of the moment.  There is stillness and freshness in morning’s air.  […]

Seasons of the Mind

While hiking in the coastal mountains near Sonoma last week I was surrounded with the notable signs of fall.  Brilliant colors flashed and sizzled as autumn leaves swirled around in circles of joy.  Gold, orange and yellow ruled the day.  I clutched my coat a bit tighter when an icy breeze reminded me of the […]