Thoughts From Annie

August 2019

Thoughts from Annie Mindful Parenting Dear Friends,  Last month, while attending a family retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, I gave a talk on mindful parenting. In the talk, I share lots of stories of our parenting struggles and how the practice of mindfulness helped me/us get through it and find love and joy in the…

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July 2019

Thoughts from Annie Can a mouse go to the moon? This archived edition of Thoughts from Annie was originally posted in June 2014. Dear Friends, I have been staying at a guesthouse in the countryside for the last week. This morning as I was lying in bed, I watched a mouse run out of my…

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June 2019

Thoughts from Annie There’s a Crack in Everything   Dear Friends, Some days I think I will never get anything right. No matter how many yoga classes I go to or how many hours I sit on my meditation cushion (OK, some of those moments are spent checking my Facebook page), I still manage to…

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May 2019

Thoughts from Annie How to Prepare for a Crisis   Dear Friends,   Several years ago, I was preparing to teach my Tuesday morning Mindful Yoga class at Circle Yoga in Washington DC. I was sitting at the front of the class as students streamed in, setting up mats, blankets and bolsters. Four minutes before…

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April 2019

Thoughts from Annie The Art of Going into to Wilderness   Dear Friends,   In my college sorority room, back in the “olden” days, the telephone was attached to the wall. This meant that while I was on the phone getting berated by my parents about being placed on academic probation and my continuing lack…

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March 2019

Thoughts from Annie You Have Enough, You Are Enough   Dear Friends, I have been living in a small house in the Blue Ridge mountains, up a long winding driveway for most of 2019. When it snows, I can’t get out of the driveway until my neighbor has time to bring his tractor plow up…

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February 2019

Thoughts from Annie Our Inner Toddlers   I recently got angry about an email I received in which someone explained something they did which annoyed me. My first reaction was anger and judgment: “Why would they do this? What were they thinking?!” Then, my Perfect-Mindfulness-Person part chimed in with a falsely sweet voice, “Oh, it’s…

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January 2019

Thoughts from Annie The Co-Arising of the Flower and Me While Roger Peed Walking my dogs up Mt. Weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains recently, I saw a little white flower that had survived our mild early winter. I would have easily missed seeing it, except that Roger, one of our feisty little Terriers, had…

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December 2018

Thoughts from Annie Enemy Images or Who Do You Hate? Dear Friends, My husband and I got into a dispute recently over our shared Google calendar. He hadn’t put something on our calendar and so that day I was surprised that he wasn’t coming home for dinner. I was annoyed, and right away a barrage…

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November 2018

Thoughts from Annie Grief and Despair: Don’t Stop Planting Dear Friends, During a Question & Answer session some years ago, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “What is the hardest part of your practice?” I expected him to say, “stilling the mind” or “working with anger.” Nope. Thich Nhat Hanh answered that “not falling…

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