Riverstone Meditation:A Mindfulness Practice for Children 

My oldest son sometimes has difficulty going to sleep. Over time, I found that he tends to get himself caught up in thoughts at bedtime. I created this meditation for him. We adapt it each time a bit– if he is afraid, or having a recurring thought, we might insert a specific reference to that […]

Mindful Leadership 

There is a line from Rilke’s First Elegy that I have carried with me since college–  something I  return to remind myself of the importance of letting go– of opening my heart to the moment. “Don’t you know yet? Fling the emptiness out of your arms into the spaces we breathe; perhaps the birds will […]

Tread Softly 

At a yoga Workshop last fall with Carrie Owerko, she read a poem by William Butler Yeats, that ends “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” At the time that she read this– last fall– I was navigating […]

Giving Birth Makes the Mind Mortal 

Last night my  3.5 year old got into bed with me. I slept between him and my 5 month old– as Jonas said when he woke up “you’re like a big burrito with us wrapping around you, Mom.” Exactly how I felt, I guess, as I woke and noted the matted state of my hair […]