We are the guest house

I first heard Rumi's poem, "The Guest House," on retreat twelve years ago. It's one of my favorite teachings on skillful relating to our thoughts, emotions, and sensations. This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as

How to change "It's just the way I am"

We all hold deeply conditioned feelings in our bodies and psyches -- feelings of unlovability, unworthiness, shame, fear, doubt, blame, anger -- and it can seem no matter how much work we do on ourselves we keep landing in the same spot. For better or for worse, we believe "It's just the way I am." How can we change? I've spent a lot of time with this question in my personal and professional life! Awareness is arguably the most important facilitator of change. If we aren’t aware of some aspect of our experience then we can’t change it. An important question, then, is “what do I need to become aware of?” We are biased, for a number of reasons, to privilege information derived from our thinkin

About this blog

Welcome! You'll find a mix of writings here about cultivating an embodied life. Some posts are educational topics I teach in therapy. Others reflect on awareness, compassion and radical intimacy with the present moment as helpful dispositions in navigating life.

My intention, no matter what the subject, is to support your unique unfolding toward greater wholeness, creativity, and aliveness. As Howard Thurman says, '“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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