We Fall Down, We Get Up! Metabolizing Grief in Intense Times

I’m reluctant to rehash this but it serves as a wake-up call and a cry for mercy, justice, and healing. As many of you know, the last few weeks have been horrific! This past Tuesday, May 24, nineteen children and two teachers were murdered in a mass shooting at a predominately Latin-x elementary school in …

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Reflecting on the Water Element

As many of you know, I’m fascinated with systems of meaning – sacred geometry, artistry, the miracle of nature, and the many rivers of discovering who we are and who we are together, and returning to what we deeply know as resonate truth. Recently I’ve been reflecting on the water element inspired by the research …

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Spheres of Influence

  In the new issue of Spiral magazine, I discuss how mindfulness can help us meet the “rough edges of racial distress.” With mindfulness, we can open to healing modes of inquiry and response. For those of you who are influencers in organizations, this is good news! Mindfulness is powerful medicine that helps us meet …

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YES! Magazine Article

In the Spring 2022 issue of YES! Magazine, I share A Journey from Rage to Mindfulness. This is an intimate account of my lifelong spiritual journey of open heartedness, reparation, and reclaiming tenderness. A Journey from Rage to Mindfulness is an approach to examining systems, navigating emotional distress, and increasing social harmony. I’m excited to …

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Black History & Love

I have mixed feelings about Black History Month in America. It’s not that I don’t value Black history – I devalue hypocrisy. We’re living in fever pitch social violence; political hostility toward equality, critical race theory, and educating on American racial history; rezoning and threats to voting rights in Black communities; white nationalist insurgence on the State …

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Belonging to Each Other

A 12-minute meditation for remembering that we belong to each other! Ruth King offers a guided meditation practice from her heart to yours. King is a teacher, author, founder of the Mindful of Race Institute, and featured in the August issue of Mindful magazine as one of the powerful women of the mindfulness movement. In this practice, she invites us …

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A Homecoming with Nature

As a Black woman, elder, and life-learner, professionally trained in psychological, Buddhist, and social systems, I recognize the earth body as kin – as a “body of color.” It’s not a stretch for me to see how global domination, exploitation, and neglect of the earth is not so different than the systemic cruelty, oppression, and …

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The Power of Equanimity

At this momentous time in our nation’s history, “equanimity” probably does not describe what most of us are striving for right now. On the contrary, many of us are striving for justice, for healing—some of us, for survival. Is the peace and balance of meditation taking us in the wrong direction? Not in my understanding. …

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What Compassion Looks Like Today

In 2015, I gave a talk to a predominantly white Buddhist community. It was a heartfelt evening in which we explored the epidemic of violence that was infesting many of our communities near and far, and we discussed how to stay intimately present with an open heart. After a thirty-minute silent meditation, I had everyone …

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Unhinged – Finding Ground in Groundless Times

In a time of intense political and social illness, many of us are doing what we can to face a bombardment of challenges often without releasing inner distress. Such holding, often without recognition, is harsh on the heart, and can be a form of self-inflicted violence, contributing to disconnection, chronic fatigue, shortening of breath, and …

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