Nourish a Tender Heart
When you see someone suffering,
can you remain spacious, still and quiet—
offering genuine Presence, true intimacy,
a tender heart that is ready
to be of service?
Can you do the same
for the wounded places within you?
Observe the Mutual Influence of Mind & Breath
Breath and mind (prana and citta) deeply influence one another—
like a horse and rider, together navigating
a wide plain or mountain pass.
By calming your breath, you can calm your mind.
And a settled mind naturally harmonizes the breath.
Have fun playing with this connection!
Your Secret Superpower
The simple act of smiling releases a cornucopia
of health-promoting biochemicals.
It’s your own inner medicine chest!
So, dial up a gentle smile (something like the Mona Lisa)
say “ahh” to release any tension in your face and jaw,
and notice how you feel …
Your True Body
Your true body is the universe—
the entire cosmos!
Love and respect every leaf, every tree,
every sentient being.
Know that as you drink a glass of water
you’re communing with lakes and rivers.
As you eat a piece of bread
you’re feasting on autumn wheat
swaying golden in the wind.
Clarify Your Intentions
Intentions are important!
Like setting preferences on your computer,
your intentions shape your future experience.
Write them, beautifully, in a journal.
Speak them out loud—or silently, as in prayer.
Then trust that the universe within you
is already gathering what is needed
for their fulfillment.
Random Acts of Kindness
Just for fun, and in the spirit
of sweet childlike innocence, practice random
acts of kindness: simple blessings bestowed
upon friends, family, or complete strangers.
Use your imagination! Make it into a fun-loving game,
a playful service to humanity—
and watch your heart blossom.
The Subtle Body as a Portal to Presence
Explore your subtle body: the felt experience
of inner warmth or coolness, tingling sensations,
or feelings of flowing energy.
Then rest your attention gently in the space
along the front of your spine. Imagine this space
as a river of liquid light. This is your portal
to Presence—to the unmanifest
core of your Being.
Anointing Your Sleep with Gratitude
As you’re drifting off to sleep, bring to mind
one or two (or five or ten or twenty) things you feel
genuinely grateful for. Revel in this sweetness.
Allow a gentle smile. Say “ahh” ….
This is how to anoint your sleep
with the blessings of gratitude—
and infuse your dreams
with inspiration and healing.