Tag Archives: Special needs child

Finding the Lotus in the Mud

You are the witness of your own heart and mind. You are the infinite witnessing the finite. You are boundless love witnessing anger. You are pure bliss witnessing sorrow.  Love what you are going through.           … Continue reading

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Hope & Doubt

hope |hōp| – a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen: I hope this new medication works;  a person or thing that may help or save someone: This new medication is our only hope;  grounds for believing that something good may happen: The medical evidence gives us some hope that this medication will help. doubt |dout| – a feeling of uncertainty or lack … Continue reading

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You yourself, as much as anybody…

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire … Continue reading

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“I see you, Mara”

Meeting life’s frustrations with grace and humility, and maybe a little humor. THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected … Continue reading

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What I Learned About Mindfulness From ABA Therapy

In my previous two posts, I talked about how my meditation practice has helped me cope with the struggles of parenting a disabled child.  Sometimes, however, the opposite happens and Sarah becomes my teacher. Ask any parent of a special … Continue reading

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Beautiful and Non-beautiful Elements

For many people, a significant part of self identity is based on the appearance of the body.  I am pretty.  I am fat.  I am black.  I’m a red-head.  We tend to make judgements about ourselves and create an entire persona around … Continue reading

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The Five Remembrances

In the Sutta on Subjects for Contemplation (the Utajjhatthana Sutta), the Buddha encourages both monks and lay people to contemplate five universal truths, commonly called the Five Remembrances.  I have Thich Nhat Hanh’s beautiful translation taped to my bathroom mirror to … Continue reading

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