Author Archive | Susan McCulley

Kinder Than Necessary

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 7 Saturday, February 7, 2015 Dear Susan, Be kinder than necessary. In all circumstances and all situations, be kinder than you have to be. Stretch your kindness muscles. Your husband, Frank, is right. No matter Read More

The Observation That Changed Everything

“Thoughts first show up in my body at the little muscles around my eyes and mouth.” Years ago, I attended a meditation led by Pat Coffey at Charlottesville’s Insight Meditation community. He mentioned that while on a three-month retreat he’d Read More


28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 5 Thursday, February 5, 2015 Multitasking is a myth. There is plenty of science to back this up (you can read it here, listen to it here, get the bullet list here, and do a Read More

Radio Silence

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 4 Wednesday, February 4, 2015 For the past couple of years, my car has been on Radio Silence. For a decade, I had a serious NPR habit. I never drove anywhere without the constant talk Read More

Time Out

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 3 Tuesday, February 3, 2015 I toss my cushion down and notice the cat is oddly sitting in the corner staring at the wall. “What’s up with the cat?” I ask my husband. He looks Read More

Extraordinary Attention

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 2 Monday, February 2, 2015 After a panicky holy-crap scramble to get to a favorite teacher’s yoga class yesterday, I stand thrumming and spinning on my mat. Kelly stands stolidly in front of us and Read More

Meditation & Creativity

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 1 Sunday, February 1, 2015 First day, first thing. Get up and go. Brush things. Then sit. What an excellent start I’m making. I’m breathing and spacious and focused annnnd… What shall I write about Read More

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Why I Meditate

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day -2 Friday, January 30, 2015 Why do I meditate? I’m reading the introduction to Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness, and she tells all these great stories of people with powerful reasons to sit. But why do Read More


Good at the Beginning

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day -4 Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Our meditation group is listening to a series of dharma talks by Pema Chodron called Noble Heart, about the Bodhichitta Practice. Her description in the introductory talk of the three Read More

Hopping Around

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day -9 Thursday, January 22, 2015 A yoga friend and I talked this morning about the man who was practicing in front of her in class last night. I see a lot of people struggle in Read More