Can I Get a Witness?

 “Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.” —Ram Dass Suffering is part of the human condition—especially for those of us living out our dharma in the fast-paced, urban trenches of Los Angeles. Sometimes, when we are highly emotional about something, we say we are … Read more

Perspective as a Power Tool

“I kind of quit surfing when I got out of high school, but then a few years ago I started to take it up again. I’m not an expert by any means, but it’s so wonderful to get out in the ocean and get a different perspective on things.” —Jeff Bridges It’s part of the … Read more

Shut Up and Listen

  “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse Life can often feel like an act of survival. It’s a hyper-connected, multi-tasking, texting-tweeting-downdogging-180-degree-latte kind of world, and it’s easy to get so caught up in the juggle that we forget we … Read more

The Art of a Truly Restorative Vacation

“I NEED A VACATION FROM MY VACATION.” We’ve all said it; we’ve all felt it: the blanket of exhaustion that unfurls upon our return from what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, the disorientation tinged with melancholy that always seems to take us by surprise. Imagining and fantasizing about a trip is energizing. Researching … Read more

Fall into the Gap: Primordial Sound Meditation

Deepak Chopra created Primordial Sound Meditation in the tradition of Transcendental Meditation (TM), originated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Both use the repetition of mantra to alter one’s consciousness and reach a state of restful awareness. Usually a mantra is given directly by a guru. With Maharishi’s permission, Dr. Chopra and his partner, Dr. David Simon, … Read more

Peeling Potatoes: Zen Meditation

American pop culture has embraced the word Zen as an adjective to convey serenity or simplicity. “I am so Zen. This guy cut right in front of me in line at Starbucks and I just smiled and told him I liked his shirt.” Perhaps you have one of those novelty trays of sand for your … Read more

Meditation in Motion: Vipassana Walking Meditation

Vipassana is a meditation technique that focuses on the deep connection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to physical sensation. This style traces directly to the way the Buddha himself practiced, and although non-sectarian, it is common to all Buddhist traditions. What we commonly call Mindfulness Meditation is rooted … Read more