Author Archive | Izzy

So much to gain

Sharon’s last thoughts to us this month are helpful ways to stick to a daily practice. Dedicate 10 minutes a day, maybe five. Thirty seconds right before bed.  So, what IS stopping me from a daily practice? That will be Read More

Gray Silence

Behind the clouds the Super Snow Moon is setting in the west and the Sun is rising in the east. In this gray silence I send thoughts of healing and loving kindness to a great teacher, feeling the connection with Read More

River of Thoughts

Here’s the pattern of thinking that grabs me and takes me down the river so fast I get lost: not…good…enough. It defines me, confines me, becomes the bones that structure my life. And I know it’s not true! Sharon’s lovely Read More

Sound Practice

Light rain on the camper roof. Little dog sleeping in my bed, lightly breathing. Listen without clinging? So hard. Practice. Jet overhead. Rise and fall. Space.

Thousands of Times

Something so simple and so good. Why oh why don’t I just do it every day of the year? Back now with the gentleness and kindness of this first day of February with Sharon as the guide. What struck me Read More

May all beings…

Three days left in this 28-day meditation retreat to be so imperfect, so flawed, so incapable. So totally unlearned in anything that’s being taught. Today’s meditation is about sending kind thoughts to all beings. May all beings be happy, safe, Read More

“My Little Helper”

Yesterday I followed a suggestion imbedded in Sharon’s meditation: to give a name to my negative self-critic, offer her a cup of tea and a nice nap. I decided to use my first name. I normally go by my middle Read More


A gathering—us, of course—an intimate group of nearly 20,000 eager souls. Sitting, meditating, listening, reading, trying to sense the nowness of this moment. I’m still trying to take this in as I begin my third Challenge. Twenty-eight days. Four neat Read More

Ring the Bell

On a meditation retreat this weekend high in the mountains, my job was to ring a bell each morning at 6:55 to remind my cabin mates that the first sit of the day was imminent. Time to pull on coats Read More

Rising & Falling

After Sharon’s hearing meditation yesterday I went outside and sat by a river that flows below my house. Be with whatever sounds arise. Don’t cling, don’t resist. Don’t judge. Just note. The phoebe singing out her name. The distant rapids Read More

May all beings be happy ♡