innerPRACTICE 2012 Resources

This time of year always seems to call for us to close out what is old and prepare for what is new. Depending on who you are, how you be, and the particular context of the moment, there are myriad ways to move through this kind of transition. Here are some resources that can help […]

Namu Kie Butsu | Sewing as Practice

Namu kie butsu. That was the chant that I said over and over (and over) again, as I sewed the wagesa. Last month, I volunteered to sew for incarcerated members of the Buddhadharma Sangha at San Quentin State Prison. These individuals wished to declare their intentions as formal Practitioners of the Dharma, and this month (Insha’allah), […]

Voting as Practice

I recently had the experience of volunteering at both the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL and at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC. My role was to teach those in attendance, that were interested in learning, meditation and yoga. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that […]

Tolerating Vulnerability & Visibility

Sometimes, I get really mad at personal development and heightened self-awareness. I think as a deep practitioner, you aren’t really supposed to say that, but I sometimes do.  Mostly because it feels so excruciating to really see myself. Often, it feels even more excruciating to allow myself to be seen by others. I’m not talking […]

Aqeela Sherrills | Beholding, an Act of Deep Love

  Spirit Centered-Activist, Advocate and Social Entrepreneur Aqeela Sherrills is the principal partner of The Reverence Project, a 3-fold initiative that is working to shift the social and philosophical construct of present world culture rooted in violence, shame, guilt and fear into a more balanced world view rooted in reverence, forgiveness, compassion and truth. He […]

The Trouble with Triggers

Suddenly, almost without warning, I can be somewhere else–at a different time, a different place. It’s like I’m whisked away, held hostage and traveling, strapped into the seat of an involuntary time machine. Except it’s not in a silver DeLorean. And I’m not aiming to save my very existence by ensuring my teenage parents fall […]

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy | Dana Saviuc

  Sometimes when we want to make a shift in our behavior, we need to give some things up in order to make room for a new and improved way of being.   Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and […]

Rockwood Leadership Institute | Supporting Leaders in Leadership

Founded in 2000, Rockwood Leadership Institute’s mission is to provide individuals, organizations and networks in the social benefit sector with powerful and effective training in leadership and collaboration.

Adventures in Paint

I know nothing (more on this later). I thought painting my bedroom was just a matter of slapping some paint on the wall. Okay, that’s perhaps more crass than I really mean (and meant), and, well, here’s the truth: I had no idea that painting my bedroom was going to be a freakin’ spiritual event. My dear […]

The Beauty of the Do-Over

What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being So religious Like That. -Hafiz I am a big fan of the do-over. Perhaps it […]

Shoes at the Door

It is a fairly straightforward and simple practice, to remove your shoes at the door.  It is a common practice in Asian countries, and depending on what part of the United States you find yourself in, it may not be a a familiar custom. It is a good idea that promotes wellness on the physical, […]

I Will Tell You if You’re an A*shole

Original article appeared in The Elephant Journal (January 23, 2012), written by Sarah Simmons. It’s important to give attention to the quality of people that we choose to spend our time with. I live in an intentional practice community where we have agreements to hold each other to our agreements. This kind of living is not for […]