In a world where attention is a commodity, reclaiming your attention is a radical act of self-empowerment. Here are three ways you can train your attention.
The Buddhist path can be mistaken for a solitary affair, striving for enlightenment independently. The nature of the practice is something else entirely…
Having a clear and positive intention can transform a dialogue. Learn more in this excerpt from “Say What You Mean.”
The success of our relationships, our work, and life in general rests heavily on communication, yet few of us ever receive explicit training in this area.
Communication skills aren’t solely for difficult moments. They’re also meant to help us enhance our relationships and enjoy those we love more fully.
Family gatherings can be stressful. Here are five communication tips to make the holidays a little happier…
Developing resilience depends to a large degree on strengthening positive qualities in our hearts and minds.
Difficult conversations are a part of life. Mindful communication gives us the tools, strength, and confidence to navigate tough situations when they arise.
These four principles build our primary relationship with students, strengthen healthy classroom culture, and support learning-readiness.
Pain is a universal, human experience. This post shares a flexible set of tools to find inner balance and transform our relationship to pain.
Top tips on getting to sleep more easily, with some new meditations in the 10% Happier App.
Mindfulness practice is a radical investigation of being human. As mindfulness practitioners, we can seek to transform the internal systems that fuel suffering.
Anxiety is one of the most prevalent forms of mental suffering in our society today. Here are a few simple mindful tools to help...
An exploration of the connection between gun violence, gender, and societal norms of masculinity.
There is a wholesome value at the core of Valentine’s Day. But it’s a value that needs to be reclaimed. The reduction of love to a romantic feeling compounds the sense of disempowerment and spiritual impoverishment that is endemic in modern society.
The start of the calendar year offers the opportunity to begin anew and reorient our lives in line with our deeper intentions. It’s also a good time to return to the basics of mindfulness practice and lay a solid foundation.
As the year draws to a close, it's a natural time to reflect back and look forward. Try this guided reflection to develop wisdom and start the year in the right direction.
One of the most pervasive challenges we face today as a species is overcoming the feeling of helplessness. It’s a learned sensation, which means it can be unlearned.
Gratitude reveals the treasure of an all too often forgotten word: enough. Gratitude practice runs counter to our culture of consumption, competition, and achievement.
For those working with youth, reflections and a guided meditation on using mindfulness to start the school year off with clarity, purpose, and care.
Why do communication techniques sometimes backfire? How can Nonviolent Communication be best used? Can mindfulness help us find balance when things don't go the way we'd hoped?
To do any kind of real work requires both external and internal resources. We need resilience to face pain, strength to persevere through challenge. There’s nothing quite like joy to bring resilience and strength to the heart.
As great forces of change, divergent views, and protests sweep across the country, I share reflections how mindfulness practice can help us to meet and respond to current events.
As we rise up to meet the challenges of our times, our ability to care for and nourish ourselves has never been more important. At its core, mindfulness can be understood as a practice of deep, whole-hearted listening.
When we walk with full awareness, our locomotion can soothe our hearts and train our minds to dwell more completely in the present.
Many across the nation and beyond have been deeply affected by our most recent election here in the U.S. What can mindfulness teach us about responding?
The path of practice is about much more than meditation. It’s about the possibility each of us has to bring forth goodness into the world with this human heart and mind; it is a cultivation of the heart.
Developing a natural ease in mindfulness practice helps us shift from viewing it as a special, separate activity to a foundation for the rest of our lives.
How can we protect mindfulness from becoming subsumed by the culture of doing, and use it to counter the effects of "high volume doing?"
Reflections on the choice to give up training as a novice Buddhist renunciate and return to lay life.
A series of reflections on my time ordained as an Anagarika and the role of renunciation in Buddhist practice.
A memoir of how I started practicing Buddhism and ordained temporarily as an Anagarika.
An open letter to community before taking a year-long sabbatical.
A three-step process for gaining momentum in meditation to receive the benefits of a steady, daily practice.
If you’ve ever had a daily meditation practice, and ever stopped, chance are one of these things may be at play…
Explore the foundations of Mindful Communication, including three core principles and practices.
How do we truly make our life and our spiritual practice one? Reflections on cultivating inner freedom and meeting the world.
Presence is an integral foundation for our lives, our relationships and communication. Learn more about why...
How meditation teaches us to relate skillfully to the world and our lives by slowing down, stepping back, and learning to put things down.