Friday, April 23, 2010

From Crisis to Growth: Stories of Transformative Life Events

MPBN just made available online the program they produced that was based on my book, BirthQuake.
They did such a wonderful job sharing stories of transformative life events that attest to how our pain can so often create pathways to possibility.
You can watch it here

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte

I was awake at dawn this morning, an all too rare event.  I was awed by what occurs each and every morning, an ordinary miracle, and I thought about David Whyte's poem "What to Remember When Waking" from   House of Belonging  and I thought I would share it with you here...

What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,

coming back to this life from the other

more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world

where everything began,

there is a small opening into the new day

which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.

What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough

for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible

while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.

To remember the other world in this world

is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,

you are not an accident amidst other accidents

you were invited from another and greater night

than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window

toward the mountain presence of everything that can be

what urgency calls you to your one love?

What shape waits in the seed of you

to grow and spread its branches

against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?

In the trees beyond the house?

In the life you can imagine for yourself?

In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

There's so much waiting for me and for you and so I invite you to go now to greet it....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin, author of bestselling  The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun has learned a whole lot about happiness and has inspired people across the country to take the happiness challenge.  Perhaps she will inspire you...

Watch the Happiness Challenge Week One here.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Tara Brach and The Sacred Pause

Most American adults all too often feel rushed and over extended. We're running late, out of time, in a hurry, busy, busy, busy. Psychotherapist, teacher, author, and Buddhist, Tara Brach, points out that the chinese word for busyness also means "heart- killilng" and stresses the importance of learning to pause and bring attention to what's happening inside of us.

Brach shares in an interview with Ken Aldelman that "We need to reconnect with the life of our bodies, to feel our hearts. That's the sacred pause. At any time, we can take a few breaths, relax, pay attention. Most people keep speeding up to drown out their anxiety. They stay lost in thought, dissociated from the body. Being brave enough to pause entails feeling that anxiety in our bodies. But we also find some space of presence and kindness underneath it."

Brach describes how we can experience the sacred pause in the above video. It's well worth the eight minutes it takes to watch it, no matter how busy you are...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Transform Stress in 30 Days with One-Moment Meditation

There's a free thirty day online course that looks promising entitled, Transform Stress in 30 Days with One-Moment Meditation. You can begin it here on

Other resources of interest at include:

Listen to audio meditations for Finding Inner Peace

Exercises for Your Awakening