21 Nov. 2021

Gratitude Works

2021-11-21T14:59:20-08:00November 21st, 2021|Awakened mind, gratitude, Healing|

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Yet as the day approaches, I feel a kind of lethargy in my soul. Many of us are suffering from COVID fatigue. Some of us have lost loved ones or friends, and for that, I am truly sorry. We have a vaccine but a lot of people remain unvaccinated. We are at a tipping point [...]

24 May. 2021

How Does Hope Happen?

2021-05-24T10:41:57-07:00May 24th, 2021|Casual Buddhism, Healing|

In the kickoff episode of Casual Buddhism, I asked Venerable Dhammananda about how we remain hopeful in the face of ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID, and increased violence towards Blacks and Asians. She surprised me when she said that one hopeful aspect of COVID is that it allows us to think globally. “We cannot be free from COVID alone; we must [...]

30 Aug. 2020

Ode to Thrive Tribe Sisters

2020-09-01T08:26:01-07:00August 30th, 2020|Healing, Sheltering at home|

This was a tough week. Not only were we struggling with the Corona virus pandemic, we were inundated with relentless wildfires that swept across California leaving in its wake 1.3 million burned acres of charred landscape. Every morning my friends and I would race to our phones to check the air quality. The smoky skies made it hard to breathe, [...]

11 Apr. 2020

Courage for Authors in the time of COVID-19

2020-04-11T08:07:16-07:00April 11th, 2020|Healing, News, overcoming fear, Sheltering at home, Uncategorized|

Like many of my She Writes Press sisters, I was disappointed when the pandemic struck, partly, because my book launch event scheduled for May 20thwill likely be cancelled. I felt genuine sorrow for the people whose family members are impacted with the illness. I was shocked when I learned that a husband of a close friend of mine passed away [...]

20 Mar. 2020

A Beautiful Beginning

2020-03-20T18:41:29-07:00March 20th, 2020|Healing, overcoming fear, Sheltering at home|

I woke at 4:30 am yesterday startled to see a text from a friend who said the State Department had ordered all citizens to return to the U.S immediately. For three weeks I had been peacefully settled in the day to day life of the monastery. Chanting, meditation, chores, breakfast and so on. My trip was cut short abruptly as [...]

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