Debutante’s walking meditation

My mom, who grew up in the working class outskirts of Pittsburgh, wanted to rear me with ‘proper manners.’ Some kids called our small town Hicksville.  Our state, Pennsyltucky. Nevertheless, thanks to my mom, I learned: -how to curtsy (still waiting for the Queen to invite me to tea to make use of this), -how…

Eye roll- the good kind!

I read a study on marital compatibility — apparently spouses who frequently roll their eyes about something their husband or wife has said or done are likelier to divorce. Yikes! After reading the article, I became hyper-aware of rolling my eyes — in impatience, exasperation, basically in some sort of silent low-level protest. Mindfulness, also…

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Altitude Therapy

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman Last week I was “on vacation” in the majestic Smokey Mountains – “on vacation” with quotation marks because I was up every night, all week, with my darling youngest daughter, who had a nasty chest cough that reappeared every…

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Wawrinka and Mimi

The player who just won the Australian Men’s Open Tennis Championship was an underdog who beat a star player. His name is Stanislaus Wawrinka and he has the following quote from the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett tattooed on his arm: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better. Today in our…

Dawn at the Gas Station

Finding Your Teacher

I sat down to meditate just before dawn, and got to witness night glancing enigmatically over her shoulder at the colorful excesses of the sunrise. Moments later our youngest pranced into the room, planted herself in front of me and slapped her soft, sleep-warm hands on my knees (an utterly delicious sensation). “Wake up, meditating…

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Be a Swinger

This is a one minute meditation outside the Brooklyn Yoga School (3 bells to start, 1 bell to end) Do you love trees and poems? If so, this post is especially for you! Here is a passage of utter delight, from Robert Frost. You’ll find the title references the poem’s last line. “When I see…