November:  Harvesting Positivity

November: Harvesting Positivity

  This month of Thanksgiving, when gratitude is in our minds, is an ideal time to focus on harvesting positivity. I learned this concept from Rick Hanson’s book Buddha’s Brain. Prior to that I had expressed daily gratitude, and even kept a list at times,...
October:  How Nature Helps Us Age Well

October: How Nature Helps Us Age Well

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Thoreau’s words echo throughout the gardens and trails here at Golden Door. As a hike leader for the past 16 years, I continually hear guests say the 6AM hike is their favorite activity. It’s...
September Mindful Musing:  Yield to the Present

September Mindful Musing: Yield to the Present

On a recent trip to Northern California, this sign – yield to the present – came into view as I entered the property of Spirit Rock, a place I was exploring for a future retreat. It made me think about how challenging it is to stay present in today’s...
August Mindful Musing:  Got Mindfulness?

August Mindful Musing: Got Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the new buzzword.  Although we hear it often, I’ve discovered – through the Twelve Mindful Months class I teach weekly at Golden Door – that a lot of people aren’t exactly sure what it is or how to go about it.  In this post, I hope to...
June:  Lighten Up

June: Lighten Up

“Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The Summer Solstice is here: The sun’s up early, and turns in late. Maybe you follow the sun and rise early and set late? Even though most of us are not farmers who...