Tuning the Student Mind

Tuning the Student Mind

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi, The Essential Rumi Leaving meditation on the sidelines as a “stress-reducer/relaxation technique” to be used in times of need ignites the fact that...
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense. By Mevlana...
Leading with Breath

Leading with Breath

Cultivating breath awareness is the most essential part of learning to meditate. The more one hones attention to the breath, the more one discovers its nourishing richness. In ancient texts, the word for breath, wind and spirit is the same: ruach, pronounced as...
Failure is Success

Failure is Success

My surfer friend, Mike, counsels high school youth and shares that it’s ok to fail. There is a freedom in actually pursuing failure to the breaking point, of going to the places beyond our physical and mental limits. It is in these moments of failure that we have the...
Art in Every Moment

Art in Every Moment

The best gift I can remember was found on a freeway on Christmas day. I was traveling down the California coast to the family dinner as I passed a favorite surf spot just south of Santa Barbara, and I caught a glimpse of a beautiful work of art by the side of the...