My First Silent Meditation Retreat: An Experience of Heart Opening

  "Real love is a permanently self enlarging experience." -Scott Peck *** Over the New Year, I attended a five day silent meditation retreat led by Tara Brach. I've written about the first two days of the experience here and here. This post is about the latter few days. I learned about  Tara Brach, as …

Meditation Quickens the Pace at Which We Are Able to Forgive and Let Go

Last weekend my husband and I were in Nantucket. Out to dinner at some bustling bistro in the downtown area. And we got into a tiff. And in the process some ancient wound that I hadn’t felt in a long time was reaggravated and I felt myself sink into a place of coldness and anger. …

Stop Telling Me My Meditation Practice is the Same as Brushing My Teeth

How many times have we heard this: “You want to get your meditation practice to be so part of your routine, that it’s just like brushing your teeth!” But it's not like brushing your teeth. We don’t brush our teeth for 20 minutes at a time. Let’s not minimize what we’re doing here. I also …

Are you Prone to Anger? Worry? Anxiety? You Should Meditate.

Them: "Why do you meditate?" Me: "Oh if you only knew." I meditate because I’m prone to anxiety. Because I’m prone to anger. Because I’m prone to thinking too much. I’m the one who can’t fall asleep after watching (insert any remotely violent video ever). Some of the family favorite episodes where I utterly freaked …