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Self-Judgement on the Path

Entering a new environment of any kind can bring up wonder, curiosity, fear, anxiety, joy. The experience was no different as I entered the zendo (Buddhist temple) at Upaya Zen Center for the first time. Although I had been studying Buddhism and practicing meditation for several years, each temple has its own chants, forms, and overall “way of doing things”. These forms are an important part of Zen practice, encouraging constant

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 Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program is described as: “…a visionary and comprehensive two-year program for a new kind

Love Wins.

I just spent a beautiful weekend in San Diego where I had the opportunity to officiate the wedding of my dear friends – who happen to be a same-sex couple. Their ceremony told a story of their foundation of friendship, their vows were incredibly raw with emotion, and their wedding rings were passed through each guest’s hands to gain blessing and intention before we sealed the ceremony with the placement of the rings on

From Peace to Panic

Waking up before 5am is usually a sign for me to roll over and go back to sleep. But this time I was wide awake. So I rolled out of bed and shuffled toward the porch to see what colors had taken the sky. The sun was beginning its daily routine of emergence and reflection onto the Puget Sound. Each morning I try to meditate for 30 minutes and I figured today, I could do my

New Year, New Grief

Hello Friends, It’s been a while since I last wrote, I must admit, I haven’t had the energy to write much lately. Amidst the holidays, some traveling and a lot of personal transition in the works, I took a little break from my blog. I hope you were able to take a break from your responsibilities and get some rest and enjoy family and friends as well. I don’t know about

Nature Heals (Part 4 of 4): The Ocean

If you missed the rest of the “Nature Heals” series, check out   > Part 1, The Forest, The Trees    > Part 2, Falling Leaves      > Part 3, The Desert I’m honored to invite special guest blogger, Carla Groccini-Concha for today’s post. Carla and her wife Gina are working with the tumultuous challenge of baby-loss. They lost their newborn baby boy, Luca D’ Oro, earlier this year and have been

Nature Heals (Part 3 of 4): The Desert

This is part three of a 4-part series: Healing with Nature. If you missed the first two, check out Part 1 of 4: The Forest, The Trees and Part 2 of 4: The Falling Leaves. — A month and a half after my mom’s passing I really needed some alone time, so I borrowed my friend’s car (I only had a scooter at the time) and headed East to Joshua Tree National

Essence

From my 11/19/13 Facebook Post, based on wisdom drawn from No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh I am thankful for Essence. If we are grieving the loss of a loved one, it helps to understand that the Essence of our loved one does not begin at birth and end at death. Their Essence has gone into everyone and everything they ever met or touched, their friends, their children,

Nature Heals (Part 2 of 4):

Falling Leaves “Nature Heals” is a four-part series exploring how the forest, ocean, and mountains can help develop a deeper understanding of peace through grief… Last weekend, my sister and I dove into the last of my parents’ personal “stuff” – the final drawers to discover since my mom passed. It had taken us a while to build up to this task. We peacefully explored the contents which ranged from hand-written

Nature Heals (Part 1 of 4):

The Forest, The Trees Hello dear friends! This post kicks off “Nature Heals”, a four-part series exploring how nature can help develop a deeper understanding of peace through grief… There is an old saying, “Not seeing the forest for (because of) the trees” which means getting so trapped in the details that one fails to see the whole story. This makes sense in grief, too. We can get so caught up

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