Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word meaning “Awakened Heart.” It is said to exist in each and every one of us. Pema Chodron, a famous Buddhist nun, says, “In difficult times it is the bodhichitta that heals. When inspiration has been hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself.” This may seem like an unusual way to heal the heart, but I believe there is great value in accepting pain, suffering and 

discomfort. As we all know, life is not always pleasant. We are taught from a young age to be happy and avoid suffering. We strive to be perfect in whatever we do in life. Never really being content with what we have because we are trying to be perfect in an imperfect

We can know ourselves. If we stop, we can think about what we are feeling, what we are thinking, what we are seeing, what we are hearing, what we are smelling, and if we’re eating, what we are tasting.  We are the keepers of our senses.  We are the keepers of our thoughts.  We are the keepers of our emotions. 

Sometimes we are so much outside of our bodies that we are not in touch with what is going on – physically, mentally, emotionally.  There is so much going on out there. A lot of

September is a tough month in Rockaway. Marking the end of our blissful summer and multiple celebrations, the anniversary of 9/11, and then moving on to the “natural” event that uprooted us in October 2012. All of a sudden, we feel tough inside and bracing for whatever the future holds. 

What seems imperative to me is to keep my perspective: where I am at this moment in time. What do I see? What do I feel? What do I smell? What do I taste?  What do I hear?  There is so much we cannot control

When you lose everything like so many in Texas did recently, it doesn’t matter what you had – it’s gone.  So much of a reminder for many in our community.  When we recall those dreadful days, it is amazing that everyone I talk to at least chooses to share the memories of the help and the kindness and the selfless acts and the support and the aid. 

In times of dire need, it seems that people feel like one human family with all brothers and sisters aboard the same boat going to the same

Fear, realize it’s there and how it makes you feel, but acknowledge that one day you will look back on how silly it all is. Everyone has some kind of fear in their life. Being truthful and honest with your emotions is the best medicine to calm your fears and anxieties. There is a place and time for everything. All you have to do is recognize and respect how you feel. No judgments, no hang-ups, no embarrassment, just own it and become the witness of it all.

The only thing I fear is injury or

The book, The Four Agreements, was highly recommended by a teacher to one of my children.  She said if there is one book to read about how to live your life, I would choose this. So recently I purchased the book to read it for myself. It was not only a great book, I was impressed and thankful that the teacher had recommended this wonderful guide to living a good life. I am going to share them with you because I think we could all use these simple reminders in life to be happy and healthy.


It’s time to say goodbye and set you free to live your beautiful life. We have loved and supported you throughout your childhood, but it is time for you to soar high and leave the sheltered nest. Your home has been your safe haven, providing you with everything you need, but now is the time for you to use your wings and fly away. You are so ready for the world to meet you. Don’t let fear get in the way. We love you with our hearts and still will continue to be your support team, but you must

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