Ideas/Events

  • Most depressing day of the year? No way!

    January 16, 2011

    I keep reading in the media that January 17th is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year–Blue Monday. Apparently there have been studies done, and January 17th has been authenticated as Depression D-Day.  And the advice I keep seeing is to stay at home, hide in bed and eat chocolate. It’s things Continue Reading…

  • The Season for Mindfulness

    December 25, 2010

    I wish you all the best of the season!  However, I do know that for many of us, this season can be anything but merry. The challenges of these holiday times can severely add to the stress of our lives.   I personally find these holiday times a bit manipulative–we are supposed to have fun and Continue Reading…

  • Bull in a china shop: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery notes, Friday, Nov. 26th

    November 28, 2010

    Thank you all yet again for attending and sharing… If I remember correctly, I think we had about 9 participants. The meeting was charged with so much positive energy! We discussed the following: -Our “peak” moments in life and how those positive moments carry forward with us…when we practice awareness about them. -How difficult it Continue Reading…

  • Buddha’s Bad Back: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes, Friday, Nov. 19

    November 21, 2010

    Wow–There wasn’t a head count, but the room was fairly full friday night.  Thank you all for coming, and especially for sharing.  I felt a great deal of positive energy from the trust and compassion that came from you all. -I talked a bit about the informal nature of this group’s structure and approach, bringing Continue Reading…

  • Be Love Now: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes, Friday, Nov. 12

    November 14, 2010

    Greetings and blessings!  And thank you all for coming last night.  Your dedication and contributions are fulfilling and supportive… —Aside from our usual two 10 minute sittings, I lead a brief visualization meditation to help us think about our purpose in life. –Last night I read from Ram Dass’s recently published, Be Love Now: The Continue Reading…

  • The aerial point of view: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes, Friday, Nov. 5th

    November 6, 2010

    Thank you all for coming tonight!  Lots of positive energy in the room–and thanks to Alex for ringing the bell 🙂 Aside from meditating, we discussed a wide range of topics, including: -“Watering the right seeds.”  Negative emotions like anger start small–like a seed–and we can often allow those seeds to be watered, and before Continue Reading…

  • Siddhartha was an addict! Friday, Oct. Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes

    October 30, 2010

    Another very comforting and mellow meeting!  Thank you all for joining and contributing. I read a few short meditations from The Pocket Chogyam Trungpa.  Here is one: Being Kind to Yourself We have to learn to be kinder to ourselves, much more kind.  Smile a lot, although nobody is watching you smile.  Listen to your Continue Reading…

  • Anxiety and the Slow Energies

    October 24, 2010

    “It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way…”—Rollo May, Love and Will In 1949 the English poet, W.H. Auden wrote, “Now is the age of anxiety.”  The now of that statement has been echoed through history books, literature, and art; but even more pervasively, Continue Reading…

  • Fri, October 22: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Group Notes

    October 23, 2010

    How nice to have a group with which to meditate and discuss spiritual and recovery issues.  I am grateful–thank you all for coming! Group notes: -I read from Darren Littlejohn’s The 12-Step Buddhist. http://the12stepbuddhist.com/  This is an excellent book not only to learn how to incorporate Buddhism into your recovery but also an excellent commentary Continue Reading…

  • BUDDHISM & RECOVERY information/flyer

    October 17, 2010

    Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery A weekly meeting of spiritual growth and discussion Be a light unto yourself, betake yourselves to no external refuge. Every Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Learn the basics of Buddhism and how Buddhism can help your recovery. Participants will also receive instruction on mindfulness meditation.  There will be a brief Continue Reading…