February 12, 2017

A year and a half ago I visited the Thiksey Monastery in the Himalayas as part of

Nikki Costello’s led retreat. Each day our group had the opportunity to meditate along with the monks’ early morning chanting in the main prayer hall and bathe in the vibrations.

One d...

June 26, 2016

At Christmastime, my daughter Jessica returned home for a three-week visit. While here, she set up a composting station in our kitchen. Carrot peels, onion skin and used tea bags all make their way into a yellow container next to the sink.

It was a difficult transition...

December 9, 2015


One of the true joys of parenthood is having your 20-something child ask for relationship advice.


This happened when my daughter called one morning from her new home in Birmingham, Alabama while I was walking to class in SoHo. “Mom, how do I know when a relationship i...

October 16, 2015


Very early this morning my husband Paul gently kissed me goodbye as he was getting ready to leave on a two week business trip. His parting words: ”There is an op-ed piece in today’s Times about meditation. You should read it. It’s how I feel.”


The piece is calle...

October 5, 2014

As I age, meditation becomes a bigger part of my daily practice.


I started off sitting for 5-10 minutes, over time that grew to 20 and now I sit for about 30.

The key is to take it slowly. It’s taken me 10 years to get to 30 minutes of quiet.


Meditation is hard.



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