Is Positive Aging Possible?

Positive Aging When I mentioned to my son that I was writing an article on Positive Aging, he laughed. It’s an oxymoron, no? Common wisdom: Aging means we’re falling apart, our bodies are breaking down, aches and pains increasing, minds atrophying, our family and friends are dying and, to top it all, what do we […]

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

This past week I left my beautiful wife and headed north to “Sacred Circle Dance Camp” in a redwood forest south of Santa Cruz.  It was a glorious week, filled with joyful and meditative dance, in community with like minded souls.  I also led a Council session for fellow dancers, great sharing from the heart. […]

Conscious Partnering

Conscious partnering means putting relationships first. It implies a cultural shift away from “me first” and towards honoring “otherness”.  It requires treating “other” as a respected “thou” rather than an “it”.  It insists on building a culture that supports relationships. The reward:   Conscious partnering has been proven to: Reduce violence, addiction, divorce, & poverty. Conscious partnering considers the couple […]

Zen and Psychotherapy

At their core, both psychotherapy and zen are about “healing hungry hearts” and the alleviation of suffering. There are three common core practices: Mindfulness – Mindfulness was not invented by Jon Cabot-Zinn. The Buddha spoke of sitting quietly, turning your attention inward and embracing each moment over 4,000 years ago. Self Compassion – Many of […]