I've been putting fingertips to keyboard lately and wanted to share some things I've been thinking about.
Nobody’s perfect. We all have our faults, and most of us have gotten really good at hiding them where no one can see them. Yet when someone becomes even a little bit intimate with us, they might reveal these faults and make light of them in a skillful (or not so skillful) way. How can we possibly be okay with that? Click here for one of my favorite old texts and the advice it gives us on how to proceed.
People sometimes ask me about the benefits of meditation practice. My go-to answer is a balancing act of the scientifically proven results—you sleep better, develop resilience to stress, improve productivity, to name a few—and my personal experience that my practice has allowed me to show up more fully and authentically for the rest of my life. It has also helped me get really good at holding space for people when they are deeply suffering. When you’re in my line of work, you are surrounded, primarily, by people who are deeply suffering. Click here for my reflections on how we hold space for people to grieve and heal.
Finally, between ever-growing political divides and the urge to shrink into our smartphones, we live in a time of increasing divisiveness and isolation. Cue the latest in Buddhist advice for living a more meaningful life from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala tradition and author of the new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life, released in October. Click here to see four key take aways on how we can connect more authentically with others through conversation.
Lots of fun events being planned for 2018. Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and I hope to see you and catch up in the new year.