Online Resilience Summit with Dr. Rick Hanson

Some of you may know that I am a bit of a Dr. Rick Hanson “groupie” – I think he is, quite simply – great!

Dr. Hanson, neuropsychologist, author and Buddhist practitioner, is offering a free, online summit starting March 19th, based on the science of creating inner well-being and resilience.

You can register here for “The Resilience Summit”  and from March 19th to March 23rd,  you will hear from 6 experts, including Dr. Hanson, on ways to develop your well-being during turbulent times.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from Dr. Hanson and other luminaries! I will definitely be participating, starting on Monday!

Shedding the Weight of Mind, Body and Spirit


What inspires you and lifts your spirit? What will it take to lose the heaviness of mind, body and spirit?

Once again Deepak Chopra is offering a free, 21-day meditation experience for those looking for ways to nourish their spirit and get rid of the things that weigh them down.

Go to the Chopra Center website to read more and to register for this event.

Deepak Chopra’s meditation events are a great way to get into the habit of regular meditation. Twelve years ago one of these events started me off on a steady, daily journey of meditation. Prior to that, I was an “on again, off again” meditator but the necessity of taking a seat every day for 21 days set my “groove” (doesn’t that expression date me!!??) and I have meditated regularly ever since then. 

And if this event doesn’t do it – well that’s ok. When the time is right for you to have a meditation practice, it will happen. No judgement!

Need Help Establishing A Meditation Practice? Here It Is!

March is Meditation Month at Tricycle Magazine, so to celebrate that, Tricycle is offering free, online meditations, videos and Facebook discussion to support you in developing a regular meditation practice.

Each week, a guided meditation will be offered with the intention that the content of each video will be a building block for the next week. The schedule looks like this:

  • March 1: Body as Foundation
  • March 8: Setting an Intention
  • March 15: Creating Space
  • March 22: Dedication

If you have been experiencing difficulty in establishing a meditation practice, or would like a boost to your existing meditations, try this offering during Meditation Month!

(FREE) Mindfulness and Meditation Summit!

Love this offering!  “Sounds True” is offering a free, ten-day summit on mindfulness and meditation. The teachers listed are experts in science-based meditation practices and include luminaries such as Richie Davidson, Eckhart Tolle, Kelly McGonigal, Judson Brewer, Daniel Seigel, Shinzen Young, Pema Chodron, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Jack Kornfield (and many more!!)

The online event starts January 22nd. For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE!

This is a great way to explore inner space – without having to shovel your driveway first to get out!

Gratitude For What We Don’t Want?? What Is That About??

Gratitude for the blessings and abundance in our lives is a simple, wonderful way to be present in the moment. Gratitude helps us become more joyful, and more receptive to the small but bountiful things that fill our day, but typically slip under the radar because we are too busy thinking about all the “other” things that have to be done.

So if we find we are too preoccupied to be grateful for the good things in life – how (and WHY??) would we ever be grateful for the “bad stuff” that happens”?? Why on earth would we be thankful for the things we don’t want??

Here is a perspective on WHY gratitude for the difficult things in life, can help turn “bad” into “better”


The Gift That Comes From Hitting Rock Bottom

Saw this article and loved it. If you have ever hit rock bottom and somehow managed to stagger your way back up, you will “get” this piece by Glennon Doyle Melton.

Mountains and valleys

Mountains and Valleys

About five years ago, I found myself in couples therapy listening to my husband confess he’d been unfaithful throughout our marriage. Boom! Life as I knew it—gone. There I was again in the valley, that place where you end up after receiving the news, whether it involves a betrayal, a diagnosis, an accident or some other kind of loss. You are suddenly no one because you’ve been evicted from your identity. You fall to the ground and try to remember: Who was I five minutes ago? What did I care about, what did I laugh at, what did I live for? And when will I be able to climb out of here?

A few days after the bomb dropped, I was in the supermarket checkout line wearing my rock-bottom uniform: stained sweatshirt and pajama pants, dilapidated Uggs. It had been at least six days since my last shower, and I was at my greasy-haired worst. But in a way, I was also at my best. What I’d come to learn is that most women do crisis all wrong. They hit rock bottom, and still they clean themselves up and brush themselves off, maybe even put on a little mascara.

Armoring up before facing the world is a rookie mistake. It turns out there’s no prize for being she who suffers secretly and in silence, unless you consider loneliness a reward. If you’re not okay, you might as well not pretend you are, especially since life has a way of holding us down until we utter that magic word: help!That’s when angels rush to your side.

So there I was at the grocery store, emitting SOS from every pore. And that’s when I spotted my angel. As I took my cereal, milk and bread out of the cart, I stole a look at the cashier. Something about her face froze time for me. Her hair was downy and white. Her skin was brown, leathery—the face of a native Florida girl. But it was her eyes that stopped me. They were cornflower blue, with deep wrinkles like rivers around them. I wondered: How has she made it this long? What has she seen? What does she know? I need her to tell me. She smiled and her eyes crinkled. I smiled back. She asked my name. “Glennon,” I said. “My name is Glennon.”

She paused and said, “Glennon. That’s a pretty name. I’ve never heard it before.”

I said: “Oh, It’s Irish. It means ‘girl from the valley.'” And then I looked down at my grubby self and laughed. I said, “Wow. Girl from the valley. I’m facedown in the valley right now. Come to think of it, that’s where I’ve spent the majority of my life.”

There was a pause. I feared I’d said too much, but she didn’t look uncomfortable. She looked curious.

She said, “Wait a minute, honey.”

God, I love it when an older woman calls me “honey.”

“Don’t knock the valleys,” she said. “Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but up there the air is so thin, you can hardly breathe—and all you can do is stand still and try not to fall. But in the valley, that’s where the river runs, sweetheart. That’s where all the power is.

I stared at my angel and thought: That’s why you don’t shower at rock bottom. So the angels know to do their thing. Sit. Breathe.

I’ve lived a life of extreme lows and highs. I became bulimic at 10 and spent time in a psychiatric hospital at 17. I became a drunk at 18 and got arrested a few times. I’ve written two best-sellers and founded a nonprofit that’s raised more than $7 million for people in pain. I’ve seen my name on marquees and bowed to standing ovations. I’ve also been called a fraud, a mental case, a heretic. People all over the country wait in line to hug me or curse me. I’ve come close to killing myself. I’ve watched my marriage crumble and then fought like hell to save it, only to walk away from it five years later. I’ve built up, then broken down, then helped revive the hearts of my three children.

My journey has consisted of yawning valleys and soaring mountaintops. And I’ll tell you: These days I’m a valley girl.

As my cornflower angel told me, we’ve got it all backward down here.

We want to be on the mountaintops, but we’re not called to be victorious. We’re called to be wise, strong and kind. We are admired on the mountaintops, but we are beloved in the valleys. All the magic is in the space between mountains, where we have to unbecome everything we thought we were and start from scratch. This is hard to do, because when pain comes in the form of uncertainty, our instinct is to scramble out of it, to grab blindly for the familiar. But when we rush out of the valley, we miss gathering all the wisdom, strength and kindness we need for the next climb. We have to learn how to sit by the river and be still enough to claim its gifts. 

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of Love Warrior, a 2016 Oprah’s Book Club pick; the founder of the online community Momastery and the creator of the nonprofit Together Rising

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Flight Above Mars

Sometimes we just need a place to go, where our eyes and our minds can soar above the day-to-day minutia of life.

If you would like an “out of this world” experience, feast your eyes on the “Fictive Flight Above Real Mars”.

It is, quite simply, spectacular. And it reminds us that in spite of a seeming sense of permanence, all things change. Even an entire planet’s ecology.

Guided Meditation by Dr. John Stewart: Sun and Waves

Over the years, there have been many requests for Dr Stewart’s guided meditations.

We are pleased to be able to provide you with one of them. Just click on the “play” button and settle back for this lovely 17 meditation, “Sun and Waves”.