Entries by Tara Lemerise

Recurring Choices

I once worked in an office job where part of the decor were so-called inspirational posters. You know the ones, right? They have these cheesy photos overlaid with glib sentiments like: “There is no I in team.” “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.” “Continuous effort is the key to unlocking potential.” But there […]

Maybe we should just let the monsters in?

Seems a likely time to talk about monsters on the day after Halloween but it was actually something else that inspired this month’s musings. One of my family’s favorite board games is called Castle Panic. Do you know it? All of the players work together to save the castle from invading monsters. It’s a combination […]

Where is your Harbor?

This past weekend, I had the great privilege of spending a few hours learning from a brilliant teacher named Sam Rice. Her workshop was called “Harbor of the Heart” and at the beginning, she offered this as the definition of the word harbor: a place of security and comfort a part of a body of […]

The Side Show

Many years ago, I heard this piece on NPR about how multitasking is a delusion. We think we are doing more than thing at once but what’s actually happening is that our brain is moving from one single thing to another single think at such an unbelievable pace that it makes us think we are […]

What We Get When We Fail

The Swamis once gave me an assignment: Make a list of all of the times you wish you made a different choice. Sounds easy, right? At first it was. I just started making a (very long) list of all of the times I screwed up and wished I had done things differently. Then I started […]

The Art of Yielding

Will and I were in the car a few days ago, about to merge onto 495 when the traffic in front of us came to a dead stop on the ramp. As we were paused, Will looked over and noticed the yield sign. “Mom, does that mean stop?” When I explained that it means the […]

Earth. Breath. Beauty.

Jillian Pransky shares this story in her brilliant book Deep Listening. It’s been on my mind a lot lately. A Buddhist community in France was visited by a reporter who was on assignment to write a story about the comings and goings of the group. When he arrived, he was invited to take the daily […]