Turn Down the Radio

Ever feel like you move through your day to the soundtrack of constant chatter? Like you’re listening to a permanent radio stream of your least favorite station? It’s called mind chatter. Monkey mind. Inner gossip. And it’s part of being human. Everyone experiences the monkey mind to some degree, but for many of us, “noise” […]

What Is MBSR?

I’m not a huge fan of how today’s culture overuses abbreviations and actually turns them into words. But because the name of this program is such a mouthful, I put this abbreviation to good use. I learned in my first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class that the founder actually named it such a long and […]

Multitasking: The Devil We Love

How many times a day do you find yourself reading an email, talking to your [fill in the blank: office mate, husband, sister, roommate…] sending a text, and thinking about what you’re going to eat for dinner all at the same time? In a recent post, I touched on our cultural (and my own) obsession […]

Intimacy With the Present Moment

A few weeks ago, I heard a quote by a Zen Buddhist teacher from the 1200’s named Dogen. He said, “enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” I thought this was beautiful because often we think of enlightenment as this impossible thing we’ll never achieve. But basically, what he’s saying is enlightenment is just getting in […]

Step One: Stop

My New Year’s resolution this year was to create space in my life. If you read my bio, you would know that this doesn’t come easy for me. In fact, this is the fourth year in a row that I made it an intention at the start of the year. This week, I had a […]