The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

by Augusta

When despair grows in me and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the […]

Still Water, William Butler Yeats

by Augusta

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by Augusta

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, by Portia Nelson I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes me forever to find a way out. II I walk down the same street. There is a […]

A Blessing for One Who is Exhausted

by Augusta

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the unattended stress falls in On the mind like an endless, increasing weight, The light in the mind becomes dim. Things you could take in your stride before Now become laborsome events of will. Weariness invades your […]

Use mindfulness to care for grief and fear

by Augusta

In the days following the election I have been experiencing shock, grief and fear. These five mindfulness practices have helped me to care for these strong emotions. My hope is they can help you too. Do something nice for yourself!  Give yourself a pleasant experience. It may be a walk on the beach (that’s what I […]

10 Minute Guided Meditation for IMPAQ

by Augusta

Yesterday I had the pleasure  to introduce 15 of the 20 employees at IMPAQ International’s Oakland office to Mindfulness Meditation Augusta’s way.  Listen if you like.  

45 minute body scan 4 October 2016

by Augusta

Feel the body. Honor the nervous system. Develop awareness. Come to know things as they are. This 45 minute body scan was offered live to an MBSR class in San Francisco. Enjoy the full presence of Augusta as she shares her heart and her practice with her students.  

Still Forest Pool ~Ajahn Chah

by Augusta
Still Forest Pool

Try to be mindful, and let things take their course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a still forest pool. All kinds of wonderful animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come […]