Being Seen & Known

I was honored to be asked to be on the cover of Mindful magazine even though my first instinct was, "Heeelll no." "No way." "Uh-uh." The editors were interested in representing more diversity in the magazine and they wanted an actual meditator...

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Ancient Wisdom

Wade Davis has the best job title next to Katy Payne’s “acoustic biologist.” He is the ‘Explorer in Residence’ at National Geographic. He is an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker, and photographer (and he can fly - kidding)...

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Creative vs Reactive

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of what she calls the “freakishly” successful memoir Eat, Pray, Love and her Ted Talk on creativity has had over 4 million viewers. One thing I appreciate about the talk, and Gilbert in general, is the presentation of inspiring...

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Listening with the Body

My favorite way to listen to On Being, the weekly NPR show on spirituality, is by waking early enough on a Sunday morning that I can listen to it in bed or as I slowly wake my way around my apartment – making tea and petting my dog...

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The Paradox of Transformation

Transformation comes from acceptance. There are other paradoxes no doubt, but I see this as the main paradox of the spiritual path. The spiritual path is one of transformation, or else, why would we set out on the journey. But it is not in striving for change...

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Angelitos Negros

I don’t know any other Sebene-s. I have heard of a few. My great grandmother on my father’s side. The aunt of a former co-worker. Some woman my cousin met in Asmara years ago. Because my first name is so rare, there was always debate about its...

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Just Ride

I often read or listen to podcasts on the subway. And sometimes, I like just to ride the subway. The subway is maybe New York City’s most amazing resource. Besides the super rich who shuttle exclusively above ground in yellow cabs and black town cars, everyone...

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Collective Possibilities

I have been a member of the Park Slope Food Coop (the Coop) for a LOS number of years. Located in Brooklyn, it was founded in 1973 and is the largest cooperative of its kind. The Coop is a member/worker owned food store that 16,000+ members collectively own...

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Then Do Something to That

Creativity is anything and everything. Everyone is creative – not only in an artistic sense. I have found that journaling and other habits support my spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development. Below are the three “techniques” that influence me the most...

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