Peace is a Practice

Sitting still is not the same as being present. When I was about 19 years old, a friend and mentor introduced me to the philosophies, religions, and spiritual practices of South and East Asia, specifically Buddhism, Taoism, and, to a lesser degree, Hinduism. His goal was not to convert me to a particular belief system…

Self-Care is Anti-Selfish

Taking care of ourselves is not the same as only caring about ourselves. By starting every day doing something for ourselves, creating something from within ourselves, we can give freely of ourselves for the remainder of the day without regret. Approaching our day like this, front-loading it with time to meditate, time to move, and…

Start Your Day Well To Live Your Day Well

“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed,” —U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven To live in a constant state of stimulation is to live in a perpetual state of stress. Not only is stress unhealthy for us emotionally and physically, but it also affects the way that we make…

Do We See Each Other?

“Daddy, look at me. Look at this. Look at what I am doing. Look at what I did. Look at what I made. Look at what I made for you.” We ask our children to sit still, to be quiet, to focus, to listen, and to pay attention. We expect them to be mindful of…