Love and Relationships

As I continue this series on "Doing What Matters the Most," let's explore how to create meaningful and achievable goals within the various roles that we play in each season of life. Think of a high-level goal for a specific role as a "mission or vision...

Amid the onslaught of choices and information we face each day, the act of actually doing what matters the most to us is sometimes lost in the noise. This new blog series tackles specific action steps you can take to not just dream but accomplish...

Steady, consistent mindfulness practice truly is progressive. It can take the receptive practitioner on a continuous, non-linear journey from a deeply felt connection to the body and the present moment, through emotional peace that facilitates diminished attachments to outcomes, all the way to discovering profound...

A steady mindfulness practice of "Visceral Awareness," "Present Living," and "Emotional Peace" sets the stage for practicing "Diminished Attachments to Outcomes," the fourth of five main areas I'm exploring in this blog series. "Attachment" is a dynamic that I've wrestled with for a few years. Friends...

I'm not sure if "simplicity" is so important to me because I've never really had the ability to buy a lot of stuff, or if it's just the way I'm wired. Either way, it's clear to me that practicing simplicity is another mindful pathway to...

Today, as I continue to reflect upon and write about "Present Living" in this series on progressive mindfulness, I embrace and acknowledge the disappointment that exists for me right now. I'm sure that a blog on "thankfulness" would be much more fun to read! Unfortunately, the...

In addition to being fully engaged with the people and activities before us (see previous entry), another indicator of progress in mindful, "Present Living" is noticing and exploring our lingering intentions. We intend something in every moment, whether or not we're cognizant of such interior designs....

As part of ongoing efforts toward more "Visceral Awareness" (see my first blog in this series on mindfulness), I've been practicing wearing what Buddhists call the "Buddha half-smile." When I was a much younger nerd and quite bereft of self-confidence, I often would not look people...

Among all the things we ostensibly seek in our desire for happiness, I think we're ultimately searching for a "joy of connectedness." We desire a confluence of joyful solitude, community, and love partnership, each of which informs and strengthens the other. Such exhilarating connections do not...

I'm captivated these days by the book Becoming Wise, published in April by the host of the weekly radio program "On Being," Krista Tippett. Tippett's prose comes across just like her interview voice: gentle, thoughtful, patient, loving, listening...