Lessons from 10,000 ft

Lessons from 10,000 ft

Last week my daughter and I backpacked in the wilderness of Yosemite, hiking 24+ miles over 5 days. This was no “stick to the trail” trip, as I was with friends who had found their own routes from lake to lake over

3 hour Meditation

This special evening drop-in meditation is open to all. Join in the powerful dynamic of group meditations in a longer 3-hour meditation. Take this special opportunity to go deeper into your practices. Bring your gear or borrow a chair. Come

Learn to Meditate Class Series

Join us in this 4 week class series (Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm)Experience the benefits of meditation in your life—inner peace, health, and spiritual awakening. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation classes and training. Thousands of people from

Sacred Sound and Silence: A Cello Meditation

Cellist David Eby (of Pink Martini and The Bodhi Trio) performs deeply inspired pieces by Bach, Kriyananda, Yogananda, and Arvo Pärt with guided meditation to take you deep into the experience of the Divine within you.

Spring Overwhelm – How Do You Deal?

Do you ever get overwhelmed this time of year? I’m preparing for a stretch of very intense performing, teaching and presenting, and sometimes my mind and body rebel against my best intentions. What’s the best thing to do? I’ve learned over

How to Make Sacred Music Truly Sacred

It was hot—really hot as I wound my way up the Historic Columbia River Highway to the Royal School of Church Music Retreat. The river glistened in the evening light as I entered the beautiful grounds of the Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett,

The Sunday Matinee Challenge

It’s 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon. The perfect time for a nap. Returning to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 15 hours after last night’s applause had died away, I sobered to the next phase of my challenge: Can I tap into Inspired

Are you courageous enough to be calm before performing?

“If you aren’t nervous, you’re not paying attention!” For countless years I thought worrisome backstage behavior was a badge of honor. It showed a high degree of awareness, care and concern, and therefore implied a higher degree of musical development. The less I allowed myself

The Thief that Stole My Song

I’m going to tell you the story about the thief that stole my song (my deep joy of music), the journey I took to find it again, and the unexpected treasure I discovered. But let me start in the middle,

Are You a Spiritually Independent Musician?

Is your spirituality tucked safely out of harms way? Have you ever yearned to bring into the secular world of the Arts the deep spiritual truths that you have experienced? Centuries ago we created a barrier separating the Arts and Sciences from the