Meet the Bloggers

The following websites are participating in the 28-Day Meditation Challenge:

Brooklyn Yoga School

My Mindful Way of Life


To read more about the bloggers on this site click on one of the names below.


2bpresent is a collaboration between 2mindfulmoms (Cheryl Vigder Brause and Joanna Wolff). Our goal is to inspire, motivate and encourage heightened awareness into daily life through meditation, mantra and mindfulness. 2bpresent conducts classes, events and workshops on meditation and mindfulness. We share our thoughts and our experiences online at We are two busy moms, with very busy days, but we have found that you do not need to move to an ashram in India, give away all of your worldly possessions, or completely change your life to find inner peace. It is through a few simple steps that you can take - in the carpool line, in your family room, or with your children - that will greatly change the way you journey through life. We want to inspire, educate and motivate you to take those steps with us. 2bpresent is our journey to a more peaceful, joy-filled, stress-free life. Our goal is to share with you ways to be truly present in your daily life. We are thrilled to be participating in Sharon Salzberg's 28 day Meditation Challenge!   We hope you will join us on our journey!

Cheryl Vigder Brause and Joanna Wolff are Co-Founders of 2bpresent.

Against the Stream

Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and preferences and believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all. The following members of Against the Stream will be blogging here (all are meditation group facilitators, empowered by their teacher Noah Levine):
Gary Sanders

Jordan Kramer

Shannon Fowler

Wendy Weymann

Brian Williams

Valerie Cusson




Alexis Cooper

Alexis is a buyer for a large, luxury retail company in New York City.  She lives with the two loves of her life, her fiancé and her puppy.  Alexis has experimented with meditation but up until now, has been unable to launch a dedicated practice.  After attending her first Ram Dass retreat this past December, she is finally ready.

Ambika Cooper

Ambika Cooper is Sharon Salzberg’s assistant. Her main practice is kirtan (devotional singing). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and is looking forward to this month of meditation to deepen her practice.

Ann Day

I am a freelance journalist and children's book author trying to adapt to how fast my field is changing. Opportunities have diminished and skills and credentials that were once the centerpiece of my work identity have become more or less meaningless.  An amazing lesson in impermanence.  One of my goals is to stop wasting time wishing things were as before.  Another is to curb the promiscuous curiosity that leads me to spend many hours jumping from link to link browsing the wonders of the Internet.  Also, I live in New York and although I love the constant carnival, it distracts me from focusing in on what is important. I am often thinking of all the wonderful things the city offers that I am not doing, or have missed, or will miss if I'm not vigilant.  

Kevin Reilly

Sound Engineer. Father of a toddler. General skeptic. This will be the my first experience with meditation.

Brooklyn Yoga School

Brooklyn Yoga School is a school for Classical Yoga in Park Slope, Brooklyn where all classes are offered by donation. Daily classes for beginner to experienced students that are affordable on a donation sliding scale. Classical Yoga is a method to open to the vast potential of who we are. Through postures, breathing, meditation, relaxation, chanting and yogic philosophy anyone can purify (and heal) the body, settle the mind, and open the heart. These techniques are thousands of years old, and yet completely applicable to our modern lives. Through these practices one can cultivate strength, compassion, patience, courage, joy and ultimately freedom from suffering. Happiness is who we are. Yoga simply helps us find it in ourselves. The BYS Team consists of  teachers and students from our school and broader community. Visit our blog to learn more about our team members: a mix of some longtime yoga and mediation practitioners, as well as several brand new meditation students, and everything in-between!

Carrie Melissa Jones

I manage community at Scribd, where we're bringing together readers, writers, and book lovers. I live in San Francisco, and I have been practicing yoga for 10 years. I currently practice at Yoga to the People in the Mission. This is my first formal meditation practice. 

Christine Califra-Schiff

Christine Califra-Schiff is the author of numerous essays and short stories. She was raised in Greenwich Village and lived in Brooklyn for many years. She was a member of The Writer’s Room in New York City. She now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two sons. She practices Ashtanga Yoga under the instruction of the wonderful Kim Neitch. She is in the revision stage of writing a novel, and is full of gratitude for her teacher/mentor/friend Mary Pierce Brosmer, whose support has been such a gift throughout the writing of her book.  This year Christine joined the Volunteer Fire Company in the Village of Saltaire on Fire Island (where she spends the summer with her boys)and received her National EMT certification in December.  

Debra Brown

Debra Brown is a detective with the Seattle Police Department having come to a career in law enforcement seventeen years ago at the ripe old age of thirty-eight. Brown considers herself a beginning meditator in the Vipassana tradition. She lives with her wife and four dogs in West Seattle. (Yes, she knows the four dogs part is crazy.) In a perfect world, she would write full time and still get to do the fun police stuff. Perfection not withstanding, she gets to do the fun stuff full time with a healthy serving of writing on the side.

Deryn Harbin

Deryn Harbin is a wandering soul and a jack of all trades. Originally from NY, transplanted in Orlando and a Florida State University alum, who now lives in Tel Aviv, Israel where she has the opportunity to play her violin with many talented musicians. She spent 3 months backpacking through Europe, spent a summer in Panama, and now at the age of 26, is going through the challenging yet amazing experience of learning Hebrew and becoming an Israeli citizen. You can also follow this big adventure on

Dr. Jennifer Howard

Jennifer Howard, Ph.D.,  is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, energy healer, and spiritual teacher (for over 20 years), and the author of Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience and Create Changes That Last, which has won 11 awards, including a 2013 Gold Nautilus Award. Dr. Howard teaches the art of conscious living—being more awake, aware, and alive in every moment. Inspiring, insightful, and dedicated to helping people make lasting changes in their lives, Dr. Howard leads Conscious Living 2.0™ classes, workshops, and retreats; mentors helping professionals; and offers private life and business coaching as well as psychotherapy services. She’s a co-founder of the Healing Path Center, and has offices in New York. A recognized thought leader on psychology and spirituality, Dr. Howard is a Huffington Post blogger, one of the featured experts in the national wellness campaign, Walk with Walgreens, and has appeared as an expert on numerous national network television and radio shows, including programs on CBS, NBC, ABC, USA, CTV, NUVO TV, and NPR. She is the host of the popular radio talk show, A Conscious Life.

Named one of the TOP 25 Celebrity Doctors on Twitter, and dubbed, “The Funniest Shrink on Twitter,” Dr. Jennifer, as she’s known in social media, is offering a free downloadable MP3 of her teleconference, "Begin Reaching Your Goals," and her free ezine. Twitter: @DrJennifer, Facebook: DrJenniferFanPage, Website: , Website:  and Radio Show:

Elesa Commerse

Elesa Commerse has been meditating for as long as she can remember, even though she didn't call it that. She is the founder and co-director of Touching Earth, the mindfulness learning center based in her hometown of Chicago. Through her work there and throughout the country, she teaches children and adults that the way to peace in the world is through peace in oneself. 

Elizabeth Grove

Elizabeth Grove was born in NYC and raised in Brooklyn, descended from a long line of atheists. Inevitably, rebellion took the form of many years of spiritual seeking. Currently, she lives in Brooklyn and works in New Jersey in conference management and thus is in great need of a regular meditation practice.

Ellen Carton

Ellen Carton has worked in the nonprofit community for 30 years Executive Director. She has served as executive director of the National Abortion Rights Action League/NY (NARAL), the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and Interim Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation and In The Life Media.

She is an Organizational Development Consultant, specializing in coaching, team building, strategic planning, and board development.

Working from the inside out, she promotes healthy organizational practices designed to build capacity for progressive social change.

Ellen is a certified yoga instructor with a specialty in teaching seniors.

Ellen Singer

Ellen Singer is a Financial Services Professional; born in Wisconsin and has lived/worked in NYC since 1984. 
My daily practice is a non-negotiable 30 mins of sitting in the morning and occasionally in the evening for the past four years.  Among other benefits, the practice keeps my blood pressure low and provides me with uninterrupted nightly sleep.  I’m so grateful for my practice and always look forward to sharing  “how to” with anyone interested.  Western science continues to uncover fascinating benefits of these practices which make it ever more compelling.  Currently, I volunteer at Humanities Prep teaching mindfulness practices to high school kids and I volunteer at a women’s shelter in NYC. 

Eric Ogden

Eric Ogden is a photographer, director and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Flint, MI, the lives and landscape of the Midwest still figure prominently in his work. His photographs have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as advertising for major brands, TV networks and record labels. His fine art work has been exhibited internationally. Eric came to meditation a couple of years ago by way of his yoga practice, both of which he is extremely grateful for.

Google Meditation NY

Google Meditation NY is a group of Googlers in the New York office who are interested in meditation's benefits in managing stress and finding a work-life balance.  Many members participate in short daily sits held in the office, as well as share helpful links and experiences with each other via group emails and G+.

Helen Darroch

Helen Darroch is originally from Yorkshire, England and has lived in Brooklyn for the past 8 years with her husband and  sons aged 10 and 3. Her loves in life are yoga, kirtan and gardening and she is a Graduate from the New York school of  Homeopathy. She has been practicing Insight Meditation on and off for the last four years, but it is only during the past three months, with the help of workshops, kirtans and Sharon’s books that she has established a daily metta meditation practice. She looks forward to strengthening and sustaining this practice by joining the community.

The InterDependence Project

The Interdependence Project is the only multi-lineage, Secular Buddhist Center in New York City, committed to personal development and collective engagement through contemplative practice.

We offer weekly classes at our loft space on the Bowery, and our unique online study program allows  people throughout the world to learn and engage with our dynamic community.  

Our teachers train in many Buddhist lineages, and offer their guidance in meditation, ethics, and mindfulness. All share a commitment to the realization of the interdependence of all beings, leading to a world of greater harmony, compassion, and wisdom.

The following people will be participating in the meditation challenge. They will be blogging at as well as posting here:

Ash Faith
Nancy Thompson
Douglas Gentile
Kate Johnson
Lauren Mattia Levine
Kim Brown
Caroline Contillo
Ellen Scordato
Monica Campbell
Patrick Henry Morris
Gayle van Gils
Oliver Quinn
Rachana Suri
Emily Herzlin

Jamie Zimmerman

Jamie Zimmerman, an MD candidate at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, works at the interface of media, global health, and “meditation medicine.” She is currently producing “Quiet Revolution,” (, a documentary that explores the potential of mindfulness to promote physical and mental health, with a focus on schools.
Before and during medical school, Jamie has lived/worked among some of the world’s most at-risk communities, including the Amazon basin of Peru, Mozambique, Belize, Thailand, Uganda, India, Tijuana, and Haiti. In 2011, she and several fellow students received the national Physicians for Human Right’s Emerging Leaders Award.
While attending UCLA on full scholarship, she produced her first documentary film –- under the guidance of mentor Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel) –- about Congolese refugees living in Zambia. This film, Far From Gone, premiered in Los Angeles and played at festivals in North America and Europe. Jamie graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was an Honors and Gold Shield Scholar, Rhodes Scholarship finalist, and recipient of the Sue & Charles E. Young and Distinguished Senior Awards.

Jamie began practicing meditation at age 16, and has studied with many of today’s leading teachers, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Sharon Salzberg, and a 7-day MBSR training retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn. She also served as facilitator for El Grupo, a mindfulness-based therapy group for Spanish-speaking patients in East Harlem.
As a teenager, Jamie worked in television, performing as Susan Dey’s daughter on Family Law, and in guest-starring roles on 7th Heaven, Boston Public, and The Practice.
When not filming or studying medicine, Jamie teaches mindfulness and lectures on the neuroscience of meditation at yoga studios, community centers, hospitals and schools, and serves as a contributor to the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.

Jason Poole

Aloha from New York City! Jason Poole is a Hawaiian musician and writer. As the Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, he teaches/shares Hawaiian music and culture in New York City schools and around the country. He spends most of his time on the mainland, but his heart can often be found in Hawai'i--on the island of Molokai in the beautiful Hālawa Valley.  

Last year's 28-Day Meditation Challenge brought a daily meditation practice into his life. And he's filled with Gratitude. Right on.

Javier Perez-Karam

Javier is a social entrepreneur and tibetan meditation practitioner. He is currently finishing his documentary film “The Perfection of Giving". He guides meditation every week at The Three Jewels in New York and writes his personal blog about his practice and initiatives. He is looking to further expand his Dharma studies and teaching. You can connect with him on twitter at @perezkaram .

Dr. Jenny Taitz

Jenny L. Taitz, Psy.D., A.B.P.P., is a board certified cognitive behavioral clinical psychologist. She is the author of End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food. Jenny enjoys presenting the latest in research psychology to popular and professional audiences. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on novel clinical applications in mindfulness. Beyond her professional experience, she has a longstanding personal meditation practice. As a psychologist, Jenny enjoys teaching her patients tangible tools to get “unstuck” based on scientific research within a nonjudgmental, supportive environment. As an author, Dr. Taitz aims to write books instilling hope and providing genuine relief while challenging myths about behaviors that feel beyond control.

Kem Morehead

Kem Morehead left software engineering to teach math and computer science at Concord Academy. She is married to Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie. Kem began meditating at the Berkeley Zen Center in 1990. After sending their third of three daughters off to college, they moved into a huge Greek Revival house in Concord (built the year Thoreau left for Walden Pond), where they live with twenty-nine high school boys. During summer vacations, they backpack in the National Parks or take to the road to camp with their Shiloh shepherds, Sierra and Obadiah.

Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie

Kim is the senior minister at Arlington Street Church (Unitarian Universalist) in Boston. She began meditating at Steven Rockefeller's zendo in Middlebury, Vermont in 1977 (yes, there's a story!). After sending their third of three daughters off to college, she and Kem Morehead moved from Cambridge into a huge Greek Revival house in Concord (built the year Thoreau left for Walden Pond), where they live at Concord Academy with twenty-nine high school boys. During summer vacations, they backpack in the National Parks or take to the road to camp with their Shiloh shepherd, Sierra.

Katie Ford Hall

Katie has been meditating with glorious imperfection and inconsistently for a few years, always grateful for the infinite opportunity to begin again. Recommitting for these 28 days, she remains open to possibilties. Katie is an aspiring revolutionary disguised as a surburbanite. Or maybe vice versa.  

Lucinda Ziesing

Lucinda Ziesing is a writer, actress, producer, and teacher. Her most recent Screenplay, Strike, is a true story based on the lives of her great grandparents. They went West with dreams. American Dreams. She is excited to join Sharon's February Meditation blog looking into the frontier where freedom could actually be found.

Lynne Brazg

My passion is early intervention supporting mothers and babies as they build the foundation for life long relationship. I have a certification in infant mental health and a Masters in Education with an emphasis on counseling.  I am a Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting group facilitator and seek to enhance well being through mindfulness based stress reduction.

Marisa Sullivan

Marisa Sullivan has been sharing yoga, meditation and spiritual teachings with friends, family and communities for 16 years. She teaches in nursing homes, senior centers, and in Public Schools with Bent on Learning. She also does healing work blending guided meditation, spiritual teachings, ritual and shamanic work. Her greatest teachers are her daughter, her students and life itself.

Melissa Kirsch

Melissa Kirsch is the author of "The Girl’s Guide to Absolutely Everything." (Workman, 2007). She is a former Senior Producer for Oxygen, where she edited their pop culture brand for women in their 20s, Girls On, and wrote the relationship advice column, “Ask Princess.” She's written for such publications as New York, Nerve, Ladies’ Home Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Good Housekeeping, and Scientific American, and blogs occasionally for The Interdependence Project and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York City.

Mindy Winter

Mindy Winter, 37, has a wonderful family consisting of a loving partner of 14 years, a devoted Golden Retriever, and two quirky cats. Winter has been a police officer since 2004 and currently serves as a Detective specializing in persons crimes cases in Madison's (WI) busy Central District.  Winter spends her free time staying physically active--exercising, golfing, and RV camping--and mentally active maintaining a healthy meditation practice.

Mindful Teacher Group

We are a group of public school teachers with a shared interest in deepening our own contemplative practices and in supporting the capacities for awareness, resilience, ease, gratitude and compassion in our students. We are so pleased to be a part of this challenge.

As a group, we represent a range of elementary grades, specialties and experience as meditators and as mindful educators. Some of us have been sharing mindfulness practices with our students for many years, while others are newer to this endeavor. We recognize that one of our most powerful teaching tools may well be our own presence in the classroom.

To maintain the confidentiality that is important for our students, families and colleagues, each teacher will go by the name of a heroine.

Betty J.

Nancy Murray

Nancy Murray is the production director of Artisan (a division of Workman Publishing). She loved doing the production of Sharon Salzberg’s two books: Real Happiness and Real Happiness at Work. Nancy has been a student of Sharon’s for over ten years and has a regular meditation practice. She meditates each Sunday with a group called Queer Dharma. She is also the co-organizer of the meet-up group Queer Dharma Women. She lives in New York City and likes to paint and draw portraits, walk her dog in Central Park and hang out with her 18 year old daughter.

Nandini Sharma

Born in Jodhpur, India, Nandini grew up in Calcutta, attended college in Bombay, graduating with a Masters from Bombay University. She worked in India and traveled widely in India & Asia before migrating to the US with her then 7 year old daughter in 2000. She now works in corporate America. She lives in New York City. She also enjoys traveling, practicing Ashtanga Yoga, reading, writing about cooking, cooking and teaching Indian cooking.

Nina Rao

Assistant to Krishna Das
Chanting and the work I do is my main practice. I do feel that I don't make enough time for a meditation practice and joining the challenge will help give me a leg-in. I love Sharon, so want to follow her lead.

Noah Lampert

Digital Brand Developer. Music Producer. Grateful.

New York Insight Meditation Center


New York Insight Meditation Center (NYI) provides a welcoming, peaceful refuge for all people who wish to begin or deepen their journey on the path of mindful awareness known as Insight Meditation. NYI offers a rich variety of programs based on the liberation teachings of the Buddha and rooted in the Therevada tradition. Through the guidance of our teachers and the support of community, NYI aspires to cultivate the qualities of mind and heart that lead to the complete integration of wisdom, compassion and true happiness in our lives, here and now.

The following sangha members will be blogging for New York Insight Meditation Center:

Matthew Sharpe - Writer, Teacher
Danielle Saint Louis, Change Maker
Fang Li, Value Investor
Juliette Ozkalfayan, Freelance Photoshop Artist
Christina Campanella, Performer and Composer
Lin Gordon, Digital Marketer
Kyle Thomas Smith - Writer
Maria Jerskey, Professor
Onika Abraham, Communications Director
Parris Whittingham, Photographer & Creative Producer

Pamela Tanner Boll

Pamela Tanner Boll is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and activist. Pamela co-executive produced the Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels. She is currently producing: Global Moms; Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders; In a Dream; and Connected: a Declaration of Interdependence. Pamela's directorial debut, Who Does She Think She Is?, was filmed from 2005 - 2008 and follows five women artists - from Hawaii to Santa Fe, from Ohio to New York -- as they navigate the challenges of making work outside the elite art world.

Priscilla Warner

Priscilla Warner co-authored The New York Times bestselling memoir The Faith Club, then toured the country for three years, popping Klonopin to stave off the terrifying panic attacks which had haunted her for decades. In the skies above Oklahoma, she read about Tibetan monks who meditated so effectively that neuroscientists were studying their brains. Vowing to find her inner monk, she learned how to meditate, and set out to change her own brain and mend her frayed nerves, chronicling her adventures with teachers, healers, therapists, monks and mystics. Priscilla’s memoir Learning to Breathe – My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life, includes chapters on her studies with Sharon Salzberg, whose guided meditation Priscilla used while her own brain was studied by a neuroscientist at The University of Pennsylvania.

Raven Pelan

Raven Pelan has been offering wellness services for over 20 years, specializing in nutritional counseling, Yoga, massage, and age-defying beauty treatments. Her training incorporates the best of Eastern and Western mind-body healing techniques.

Robert Black

Robert Black is an educator who works with a population of learning-challenged sixth through twelfth graders. A meditator for over forty years, he guides students and faculty colleagues in mindfulness meditation practices.

Sharon Salzberg

One of America’s leading meditation teachers and authors, Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.

Summer Crew

Hello! My name is Summer. I am 36 years young! I am married to a man who keeps me on my toes (Charlie). We have been married for a little over three years and been together for about seven years. We have two furry kids (Zachery and Tiva).  I have been practicing Buddhism for a little over seven years.  I was diagnosed with Endometriosis about six years ago which has turned my whole world upside down. Navigating this life with meditation has given me such grace and patience. My perception changes every time I sit and gives me strength to see me and not Endometriosis. I appreciate other's wisdom and thoughts. I soak it all in!  

Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci is a native Midwesterner, at the midpoint in her life, mothering three terrific teenagers and mindfully midwifing the next chapter of her life. She is passionate about helping people discover and become empowered by their voices, activating potentials to become more and building community. Susan deeply believes in the transformative power of a daily mindfulness practice.

Over the past five years, Susan has been operating in her sweet spot - the intersection of her passion and purpose - by creating conversation cafes. To date, she has facilitated over 300 Circles engaging people of all ages (9-72!), covering a variety of fascinating topics including living more mindfully, awakening activism and passionately discovering purpose. Although she loves books, writing and everything about words, her experience in Circle is simply "too big for words."

Susan Charlip

Susan Charlip is recovering from a long career as a high school teacher and administrator in the SF Bay Area. She is thinking about what to do next but don't push her. She likes to write about teenagers, travel, other people's problems, and the practice of mindfulness in a mindless world. 

Suzanne Seggerman

I've been meditating for several years, first as a means for focus and calm, and later realized meditation's strength as a force for good in the workplace.  As the Co-founder and Former President of a small startup non-profit (Games for Change) I found meditation helped my concentration at work, and also helped me have a more realistic (and compassionate!) sense of my strengths and weaknesses, as a leader, as a team member and as a colleague.  Meditating helped me focus on the WHY of my work rather than the HOW.  Keeping the focus on my passion for my work and my mission freed me from worrying so much about whether I was doing everything right.  I made plenty of mistakes (still do!) but was able to see them more clearly.  The new research about how helpful meditation is for anxiety, high blood pressure, ADHD, and all sorts of medical ailments does not surprise me.  It is a continual source of support!

Tracy Strauss

I am an Administration Manager for a local courier. I started meditating 6 years ago at a residential Vipassana retreat and now sit with a group that follows Thich Nhat Hanh in Saskatoon. I was born in Saskatoon and spent many years living in northern Canada. My meditation practice has helped me, along with therapy, to transform a childhood of pain and much anger. My practice has truly helped me to open my heart.   I am looking forward to this 28 day challenge. I live with my cat, Casper, the most amazing critter on four furry little legs!!!

Tricycle Magazine

The staff at will be participating in the meditation challenge this month. They will be blogging at as well as posting here.
Who's Who:
James Shaheen, Editor & Publisher
Emma Varvaloucas, Managing Editor
Joanna Piacenza, Web Manager
Max Zahn, Editorial Intern

Established in 1990 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, The Tricycle Foundation is dedicated to making Buddhist views, values, and practices broadly available. In 1991 the Foundation launched Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the first magazine intended to present Buddhist perspectives to a Western readership. Tricycle soon became the leading journal of Buddhism in the West, where it continues to be the most inclusive and widely read vehicle for the dissemination of Buddhist perspectives. Publication of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review remains the Foundation’s chief activity, and our readership includes longtime practitioners, those who are curious about Buddhism or meditation, and those who do not identify as Buddhist but value the teachings of wisdom and compassion Buddhism has to offer.

Dr. Urszula Klich

Dr. Urszula Klich is excited to join Sharon Salzberg’s 28 day meditation challenge as she has been inspired by Sharon’s gift of helping people cultivate mindfulness and compassion toward themselves and others. Recently, while on retreat, Dr. Klich was privileged to discuss Salzberg’s new book: Real Happiness at Work. Klich reflected that she never ceases to be amazed by all the various ways that compassion meditation may impact one’s life and the people around us. (These conversations with Sharon are available for streaming at With 20 years of clinical experience in health psychology, Dr. Klich is committed to helping people bridge the gap between their current way of living and their potential. So it fits that she uses meditation in her treatment with patients. Dr. Klich’s health care philosophy is best summarized as using integrative medicine centered on fostering each individual’s healing power to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. She is convinced that living more mindfully is both advantageous and accessible to all who recognize a need for a shift in their life and set an intention to move forward. Dr. Klich has seen the tremendous impact that meditation has had on helping individuals manage challenges ranging from everyday stress to dealing with catastrophic injuries and serious illness. She looks forward to receiving questions and comments, which will serve to nurture the richness of this community. Lets talk! In the spirit of the 28 day Meditation challenge, to support your practice, Dr. Klich is offering her introductory meditation CD free to one lucky participant. To be entered into the drawing, we invite you to “like” My Mindful Way of Life on Facebook, join us on twitter, and sign up for the newsletter on When you have completed these steps, email telling us so that we can add you to the drawing. May your meditation bring you exactly what you need!


Wannabegan is an aspiring vegan living in New York, and her blog documents her exploration into vegan, cruelty-free, compassionate, and healthy living. Along the way, her goals are to raise awareness of animal welfare issues, promote vegan-friendly businesses, and show that making small animal-friendly choices can be easy, fun, and beneficial for everyone involved! As part of her interest in compassion she has studied meditation in the context of mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Wannabegan lives in Manhattan with her husband and dog.

Yaffa Maritz

Yaffa Maritz was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in Infant Mental Health. Ms. Maritz is a co-founder of Listening Mothers, an innovative program that uses reflective and mindful techniques to increase mothers' awareness of their interactions with their babies and enhance their capacity to deal with the challenges of motherhood. More recently, Ms. Maritz founded and is the director of the Community of Mindful Parents which offers carefully selected resources and engages parents in mindful conversation on line as well as offers small group discussions through programs such as Listening Mothers and Reflective Parenting. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and serves on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor's Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Ms. Maritz believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children's social, emotional, and mental health.