Ideas/Events

  • How much gratitude can you bear?

    April 25, 2011

    I have slowly been reading through The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, The Great Sufi Master, translated by Daniel Ladinsky. Hafiz writes truly soulful poems, gracious, ecstatic, clever, sensual, subtle, observant, and above all, compassionate. The following poem brought me back to one of the basics of recovery–and of all spiritually-minded paths in life–gratitude. How easy Continue Reading…

  • Where’s your spirit?

    April 13, 2011

    As a noun there are no less than 25 different definitions of the word “spirit.” The definitions range from the philosophical–“the soul regarded as separating from the body at death”–to the theological–“a divine, inspiring, or animating being or influence”–to the fantastical–“a fairy, sprite, or elf.” It is also interesting to note the many idioms the Continue Reading…

  • The Value of An Open Heart…

    January 24, 2011

    I thought I would post something brief, inspired by the poem “It Felt Love” by Hafiz.  The poem is at the end of the post. One of the most powerful insights I have received along my spiritual path has been the power of having an open heart.  For so many years I walked around with Continue Reading…

  • 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…