I’m Muslim

Kindness and goodness are universal values that we can strengthen through practice.

Permission for Ease

Asking ourselves what we need right now to be at ease is a simple and powerful practice to undo stress and tension that bogs us down.

Adventure

Years ago when our kids were young we took one of our many camping trips to the Smokies. We listened to “Howliday Inn,” the story of a vampire bunny. The highlight of the book was this little phrase that has stuck with us, “Adventure is good for the soul.” As we head back home, we […]

Toward Freedom and Joy

Our work at MFB at first glance looks quite physical, but, in fact, our main work has to do with our minds. (Primarily our own!) This is true when people come and workout with us and when they join us for our weekly yoga practices. Taking care of the body ultimately brings us back to […]

The Gap

Between Muspell and Niflheim was a void, an empty place of nothingness, without form. So begins a Norse myth of creation as told by Neil Gaiman. The gap between these two places, one of intense cold and the other of fire and heat was called the Ginnungagap. This story became a grounding for our fall […]

National Symbols and Sensitivities

Remembering Elie Wiesel on his birthday–beautiful reminder, a timely one. “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, […]

Look What I Found!

I walked to water the garden and noticed our banana plant getting ready to produce some very sweet fruit. It’s taken years for this plant to do this. We don’t use chemical fertilizers! As I admired the beauty, not just of the plant but of the whole process of bearing fruit, I could not help […]

A Fuck Budget

Earlier this summer I watched a short Ted Talk on not giving a fuck. It was a great speech on decluttering the mind by realizing there is a limited amount of mental energy we have to expend on the things we do in our daily life. Sarah Knight, the speaker, described the importance of determining […]

Do you know GRACE?

We want to share what may be a useful technique for our times. (We offer no introduction as to why this may be important. It seems obvious.) Please explore it and see if it may be of help. We found this some time ago in Roshi Joan Halifax’s article, “Practicing G.R.A.C.E.” In it she describes five […]