October 19, 2016

Anxiety. It shows up differently for each of us — as intrusive thoughts, fear, worry, nervousness, tension, unease — but it seems we all have it. 

There are the big worries that keep us up at night (e.g., am I good enough? is this the right career? should I stay in this relationship?). There are the little worries that come and go each day (e.g., di...

October 4, 2016

One of the kindest gifts we can offer ourselves throughout the day is the gift of a sacred a pause. The invitation is to interrupt our habitual ways of thinking and feeling and make contact with awareness, a state that David Rome calls grounded aware presence.

The following exercise only takes a few minutes and can be done any time, any where....

September 20, 2016

As the days get shorter and the shadows get longer, I’m faced once again with the truth that all seasons pass. Whether it’s the movement from summer to fall, the transition from childhood to adulthood, the death of a relationship, or the passing of animals and people I love — my heart grasps at life as it was. I, like many of my clients, don't like...

August 16, 2016

On my first spiritual retreat, I heard a voice from beyond whisper “I don’t want to be dead anymore, I want to be alive.” It echoed throughout the day. “I want to be alive. . . I want to be alive.” 

I spent my most of my childhood in a state of numbness, a frozen veil separating me from everything and everyone else. I longed to feel connected, awake...

July 19, 2016

Every moment of every day we’re confronted with an infinite array of stimuli to pay attention to — sights, sounds, objects, people, the running commentary in our heads, how we feel, the aches and pains in our bodies. 

How do we decide what to attend to? 

This is no small question, for the answer determines the quality of this moment. It determines th...

June 19, 2016

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...

June 2, 2016

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...

May 17, 2016

Our greatest longing is to be seen, felt, and loved by another. To deeply connect. To have our whole self met -- body to body, heart to heart, mind to mind. To be fully embraced exactly as we are. This kind of meeting is life-giving. And yet, how rare it is that we encounter this gift of attuned attention, presence, and connection with another....

April 17, 2016

We all have a grand narrative, the story of our lives. This story tends to be composed of our thoughts, a palate of colorful emotions, and a rich array of bodily sensations. We take it for granted that this narrative is “me.” There is a way in which this narrative is me, but is it all of me? Various wisdom schools invite us to contemplate our felt...

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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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