Saturday, October 25, 2014


With cousins in  Florida, sometime in the late 1960s

The sense of being far away is not something to overcome but to respect and include in loving awareness. This is the way to work with our difficulties, to include them and learn from them. Feelings that seem like adversaries can become our allies when they’re included, and mindfulness offers us nobility and joy as we open to what is present completely.
In fact, there can be something more authentic in the times you feel something’s missing than when you feel satisfied. The more deeply you practice, the more you realize how much there is to learn. Even the self that would judge your experience is not a problem to be fixed, but to be held with compassion as part of the path.
This is a way to keep loving awareness in the center of your life, even when it feels far away. Remember, where you are now is the perfect place to practice. 

Trudy Goodman
Founder and Guiding Teacher of Insight LA
from The Perfect Place to Practice


  1. Embracing or, at the very least, making peace with what is, especially within ourselves. No small, no easy task. There cannot be too many reminders of this. xo

  2. Beautiful photo and beautiful feelings. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  3. moving toward the center of all things…aging…ripening.

  4. "Remember, where you are now is the perfect place to practice."
    Good to remember
    You were an adorable little girl

  5. Henry gets his extraordinary good looks from you!

  6. Words of wisdom. And I love the picture -- Henry does look just like you!

  7. I love it! Especially the part about becoming allies when they are included. Food for thought, indeed!

  8. It is "the perfect place to practice," however difficult that may be to digest, however much we might want to run screaming from the building, light our hair on fire, or break something. Here and now is all we have, but sometimes it is hard to embrace it with lovingkindness. I hope you feel held in love, because you are.



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