Grace by Bandwidth

“I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.” … Read more

Poison Control

“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” —Anonymous (often attributed to Gautama Buddha) All yogis aspire to being peaceful, loving, compassionate people, and yet, anger and resentment are part of the human condition. Contrary to all the quotes and idioms about it, anger is not necessarily a bad … Read more

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

Transforming Suffering: Tonglen

These days, it is easy to be aware of the suffering in the world. All we have to do is turn on the news, open the newspaper, or scroll down our Facebook newsfeeds to get a clear sense of the struggle to find peace in the world—as individuals, and in local and global communities. As … 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