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Thoughts on Impermanence

Thoughts on Impermanence

by Nadia Colburn Recently my son celebrated his 18th birthday; then he graduated from high school. My Buddhist practice teaches me that everything is impermanent, but sometimes the past feels so close. I remember so clearly the day Gabriel was born—it was the day after […]

Pancake Epiphanies

Pancake Epiphanies

By Kelli Gray-Meisner Making a triple batch of pancakes in an attempt to reduce pressure for meals for a busy week. These pancakes are more like crepes, they are basically eggs and bananas with various nutrient dense powders added as available. Today turmeric, vanilla and […]

A Reflection on Your 18th Birthday

A Reflection on Your 18th Birthday

By Kelli Gray-Meisner   Motherhood comes in layers, the first layer is all consuming. Almost all attention devoted externally to this new Being. The layers continue to deepen, as the Being continues to grow and mature. First, school, then nights away with friends and loved […]

Interview with Dawn Jarocki, Co-Author of Once Upon A Tree

Interview with Dawn Jarocki, Co-Author of Once Upon A Tree

  Join us for a conversation with Dawn Jarocki as she shares about the journey she has taken to arrive here in this present moment as a mother raising her young son, living as a homeschool mom and teacher, outdoor educator, student of Thich Nhat […]

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 […]

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 […]