I’m excited to announce my first online class for 2017, Unburden Your Heart: Letting Go of the Painful Past. In times of social change and confusion, it’s important to travel light. With every abysmal headline and news byte, our burden of painful old stories grows more unwieldy, leaving us less resilient and courageous than we actually are. By unburdening our hearts, we free up our energy to enact positive change in the world, and embody the solution instead of the problem. What could be more hopeful than that?
Join me this Sunday, November 6 at 5 pm EST for the Live Seekers Session Teleconference, What Is Enough?: Indestructible Gratitude. We’ll be talking about sufficiency and the cultivation of thankfulness. To recognize your inherent wholeness is the heart of spiritual practice. To feel gratitude for our precious lives, knowing that who you are is more than enough, is the bridge to an awakened life.
These monthly Seekers Sessions are the kickoff to each new program from The Seekers Forum, my community of fellow seekers and inquisitive minds interested in exploring spiritual and philosophical questions in a dogma-free atmosphere of self-inquiry, inspiration, and spiritual practice. It’s modeled after the sufi concept of sohbet, which is the spiritual talk of friends. Each program continues through the month with video lessons, a guest interview, and discussion prompts to promote dialog and further the conversation in The Forum, the online discussion room. Visit The Seekers Forum for more information and to become a member.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Mark Nepofor The Seekers Forum about his new book “Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness.” Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and philosophy for over forty years. His many published works include “The Book of Awakening,” a number one New York Times Best Seller. He devotes his writing and teaching to the process of inner transformation and the life of relationship. I spoke to him about gratitude, faith and the acceptance on the path of awakening. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
Surrender has long been a dirty word in a culture steeped in do-or-die machismo, in which giving in — even when fighting is useless — is often seen as giving up. Yet most of the things that truly matter — love, art, awakening, service — require significant leaps of surrender. Here’s my column from this month’s Contemplative Journal.
I have a new story out today in The Saturday Evening Post. “Time Out!” looks at the mindfulness movement that’s sweeping across the country. From public schools to corporate boardrooms, research labs, and even the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., mindfulness practices such as meditation have made their way into the mainstream, helping people lower their stress levels, sharpen their attention, improve work performance (in the case of students, their grades), become physically and mentally resilient, and improve their relationships. Continue reading →