Lessons learned from talking to ourselves

Are we really hearing when people talk to us? Or do we just hear what we want to hear? My younger sister often calls me during her long drives to and from work. The last time we spoke, I must have been going on and on about something when the call dropped and I did...

Your Children Are Not Yours

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children. And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s yearning for itself. They come through you but are not from you, And though they are with you they...

Generations Go Best Together

Younger people realize that the world is full of huge problems that they dream of solving, but no one is interested in their views. “You don’t know what the world is really like,” they are told. “Listen to your elders and then you’ll have a better idea of what to do.”...

Love

The other day I got inspired by a thought: Have I ever had to explain what Love is to someone? Whenever I say “I love you” to someone they seem to understand what I mean. So I tried to imagine explaining the concept of Love to a child who hadn’t yet figured it out. If...

Legends Live On

My first hint that something was not quite right was when my husband left a voicemail for me in the middle of the work day. I was going to call him back when I saw the reason he called me on the web: Mandela had died. It was just a week earlier that I had asked my...

Soaring or Sinking, what’s your pick?

Part of being a coach is to be constantly learning new things. That’s what I was doing when I found myself being coached by another student at a continuing education class at New York University the other week. We had to break into groups of two in which each member...

Say “Yes!” To Life

I am lucky to be one of the many thousands of students who have been uplifted by the teachings of karma yogi SN Goenka. I wrote about my experience meeting Master Goenka earlier this month. I’m glad I did. On September 29, 2013, my most accomplished yogi  gave up his...

Be the Light and Be Light

Nobody escapes from suffering. We all go through birth, illnesses, death. But there is a way to live life free of suffering. – Buddha I recently had the pleasure of attending a life-altering experience thanks to the compassionate and kind people at the Dhamma...