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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

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 came in […]

The End of Childhood

The End of Childhood

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 Away I will […]

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 […]

Breastfeeding as Spiritual Practice

Breastfeeding as Spiritual Practice

by Leslie Davis As a new mom I was deeply moved by the act of nursing my baby boy and the close bond we developed through breastfeeding. But nursing my first child also brought up so many strong emotions as I grappled with the frustration […]

Welcome to Dharma Mamas!

Welcome to Dharma Mamas!

In November 2014 a group of mamas gathered for a women’s mindfulness retreat to strengthen our practice: to meditate, to share together, to nourish our bodies and spirits with silent meals, to stretch and move and hike, to make art, to be in nature, to […]