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Empty Nesting

Empty Nesting

by Karen Hilsberg I remember. I look at the picture on the refrigerator. You’re smiling in a classroom with the days of the week posted on the corkboard behind you. Were you in the third grade then? No, fifth grade: a big kid, the last […]

Fledglings

Fledglings

by Michlene Kali I am watching my cats climb everything in the house because I’m refusing them freedom until the family of robins in the tree adjacent to our balcony has their fledglings skyward. Twice my female cat has escaped, and within minutes she’s had […]

Mothering Lessons from a Three-Legged Doe

Mothering Lessons from a Three-Legged Doe

by Heather Panahi It has been said that the Dharma is everywhere. Breathing deeply and observing mindfully opens us up to the possibility that everything—a stranger, a lotus blossom, the clouds in the sky—contains the Dharmakaya within it. As a long time practitioner in the […]

The Spiritual Insights of a Terrible Night with a 3-Year Old

The Spiritual Insights of a Terrible Night with a 3-Year Old

by Susanna Barkataki This week I want to share the other night’s insight on letting go. It started out horrible and turned out amazing. Admittedly, I was a little bit delirious with lack of sleep when these 3 teachings hit me. They are powerful nonetheless. They […]

The End of Childhood

The End of Childhood

by Rebecca Weiker At my high school graduation in 1983, I read a poem I had written, an ode to Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I don’t remember all the verses, but know the poem ended with these words: Away Away […]

How My Seven-Year-Old Came to Take the Precepts

How My Seven-Year-Old Came to Take the Precepts

by Leigh Ann Lipscomb I’ve had a home altar for meditation for over 11 years now. Though I’ve changed some of the altar’s adornments over the years, it has always had a small Buddha, candles, a hand-painted porcelain tea cup for rice and incense, various […]

Unsubscribing from the Culture of Busyness on NoSidebar.com

Unsubscribing from the Culture of Busyness on NoSidebar.com

Sometimes I feel guilty when people complain about how busy they are. Like we’re getting away with something scandalous. Maybe we are…? When it comes to being busy, our family is definitely not keeping up with the Joneses. Our lives are full, and at times, […]

Dharma Mamas Retreat 2016

Dharma Mamas Retreat 2016

Eleven mindful mothers gathered for a 3-day weekend in Ojai, California to nourish our souls, strengthen our practice, deepen our self-care, and connect with a like-minded community of moms. Amazing resourcing was had with these Dharma Mamas! So much connection. So much deep sharing. So much […]

Guest Post from Christine Mason Miller: I am a Mother

Guest Post from Christine Mason Miller: I am a Mother

More than eleven years ago, I married a man fifteen years my senior with two grown kids. It was my second marriage and his third, and despite all the possibilities that existed for how our blended union could have crashed and burned, we’ve thrived. Much […]

Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

by Leslie Davis My teen son is bored. Very bored. We arrived yesterday at Deer Park Monastery for a week-long family mindfulness retreat and he’s bored and complaining a lot. He keeps asking, “Why are we here?” I answer literally because he’s asking it literally—he’s […]