My Path to Chaplaincy

All moments in our lives lead us to the present moment. With the support of family, friends, and mindfulness community (sangha), the cumulation of many moments has led me to the path of Chaplaincy. In March I began studying under Joan Halifax and other wonderful teachers at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Upaya’s […]

Going Home

My sister and I sat in the front row at my mother’s service and embraced the opening message shared by our family friend, one of my life mentors. Three words in particular echo in my heart like it was yesterday.  “She is home,” he said. Few moments in life are so poignant, touching the deepest part of […]

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5-Minutes for Compassion

“Use what seems like poison as medicine. Use your  personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings.” After my mom died, I was having so much trouble connecting with her. I was feeling lost and alone. I turned to meditation as a way to calm my heart and to connect with her spirit. A […]

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The Yellow Shirt

This story was shared with my sister last Friday by a friend of our mom – it touches on  creating traditions and ends with a revelation on peace. “I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives…” *The yellow shirt had […]

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