15 05, 2017

Staying In The Saddle – Equanimity in Action!

By | 2017-05-15T07:13:52+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Mindful Methods|0 Comments

You know that small voice that tells you to do something and you are afraid if you don’t do what it suggests that you will regret it? At the last minute before I mounted Checkers, the horse, I walked back into the tack room at the Miraval Resort Life in Balance Spa in [...]

1 05, 2017

Loving Kindness 101: Getting Started

By | 2017-05-01T10:24:04+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Mindful Methods|0 Comments

Loving Kindness: Sounds great, right? As with so many things, though, the term itself can make the practice feel out of reach when we don’t have a clear understanding of what it means. Of course the best way to understand is by experiencing it directly, but in lieu of that, here are some [...]

6 04, 2017

Words That Hurt and Mad Skills

By | 2017-04-05T15:58:02+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Mindful Methods|2 Comments

When I was a little kid, I used to think that words said in anger were a true reflection of the thoughts and feelings of the monster doing the screaming. The insults stuck with me. It wasn’t until adulthood that I changed that narrative. I learned that sometimes human beings reach a boiling [...]

30 03, 2017

Is Meditation a Form of Prayer?

By | 2017-03-28T11:52:56+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Mindful Methods|0 Comments

Exploring the Prayerful Nature of Loving Kindness Meditation Five years ago, I signed up for an 18-month spirituality course, the Kivvun program offered by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. The course had four main components: 1 Yoga (check—already doing it) 2 Meditation (check—big practice already) 3 Text Study (check, check—love it and been doing it [...]

16 03, 2017

Musings of a Jewish Atheist

By | 2017-03-16T08:16:04+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Mindful Methods|0 Comments

Finding My Truth In Between Judaism, Buddhism and Life Somewhere around 2012, I realized I had stopped believing in God. I tried to trace it back and it seemed like I lost faith around 2007 or 2008, when my twin girls were in middle school. Before that time, I was consistent about celebrating the Jewish [...]

2 03, 2017

Reflections on 365 Days of Sorrow and Healing

By | 2017-03-02T13:28:01+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Mindful Methods|1 Comment

My mom took her last breath at 3:10 p.m. on February 29, 2016. I whispered the Shema prayer in her ear and urged her to “go with God” before she became still. Although she and my Dad had broken with the traditions of the Jewish religion years before she passed, as she neared the end [...]

19 10, 2016

Remembering My Mother on Yom Kippur

By | 2016-10-18T14:27:46+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Mindful Methods|1 Comment

On the second day of Yom Kippur, I was teaching meditation at a synagogue to a group of hungry and tired middle-aged people. Hungry because it is a day of fasting; tired because they were hungry! It was my first time teaching at the temple, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I decided to [...]

27 09, 2016

Reflections on Sunday’s Grand Opening of the Balanced Mind Meditation Center

By | 2016-10-13T12:43:52+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Balanced Mind Meditation Center|1 Comment

Robyn Cohen, the Sports, Fitness & Wellness Director at the JCC is rock solid, and a rock star. She was the ultimate in mindfulness Sunday, setting up the tables and making sure everything looked beautiful. She is magnificent at guiding me to manage my expectations and have patience as the Center builds slowly into a [...]

19 09, 2016

Balanced Mind Meditation Center Grand Opening

By | 2016-10-13T12:43:52+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Balanced Mind Meditation Center|2 Comments

Life is busy. Crazy busy. No one understands this better than me. My life had become so stressful I started having serious medical issues and was sure I had a brain tumor. After a battery of medical tests, my neurologist recommended I try mindful meditation. This began my transformative journey to becoming a master practitioner [...]