Yoga for Children with Autism or Sensory Issues

Brian has autism. He is ten years old, but in many ways his six-year old sister, Lydia, is his model for behavior. They come to yoga class together and Brian follows his sister’s lead, hissing and stretching into cobra pose, squatting like a frog and stretching forward toward his toes. His favorite part of yoga is meditating and singing affirmations.  ... Read More »

Brach and Ryan to Present Mindfulness Event in Fairfax

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan and Dr. Tara Brach will be speaking together on Monday, June 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Woodson High School in Fairfax, on the benefits of mindfulness on youth, educators and parents. This event is sponsored by Minds Incorporated, a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming schools and their communities into conscious, connected and compassionate learning ... Read More »

Renowned Meditation Teacher, Salzberg, Brach and Kornfield Presenting at Local Church

In July and August, three prominent meditation teachers in the United States will offer teachings at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. Sharon Salzberg will present the Foundations of Mindfulness, maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment, on July 12. Salzberg, a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has more than ... Read More »

Mandala: Circles of Wholeness

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “container of essence” or “sacred circle”. These circular symbolic images are found in the sacred art of many cultures. Visualizing, creating and/or meditating on a mandala can be a spiritual practice expressing one’s own divine creative essence, through symbolic and sacred art. Mandalas have been used since ancient times to deepen and enhance ... Read More »

BuddhaFest Celebrates Five Years of Generosity

BuddhaFest presents its fifth anniversary festival of films, talks, meditation and music on June 19 to 22 in Rosslyn, Virginia. This year's theme is generosity and service, and speakers include Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg and many more. The idea for BuddhaFest came about five years ago, after being asked to put together a benefit screening ... Read More »

Reiki for Animals Certification in June

The Reiki for Animals Level I and II Certification Program will be presented by Life Holistic Center (LHC) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, June 21 for the classroom work portion and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, for the practicum. Day one, which will be held at the LHC Violet Studio in Mountain Top, ... Read More »

Mandala Workshop to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Suchinta Abhayaratna, Th.D., will facilitate a Community Sand Mandala to celebrate the summer solstice from 2 to 5 p.m., on Saturday, June 21 in Fairfax (exact location will be sent to attendees). From ancient times, visualizing, creating and meditating on a mandala has been a spiritual practice by which one’s own divine creative essence, through symbolic and sacred art, is ... Read More »


The first lesson in A Course in Miracles is, “Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything.” You are then to look around the room and apply the idea to whatever you see. Why is this lesson important? What the course is reminding us, is that everything is neutral, until we ... Read More »

Washington Area Labyrinths Inspire New Documentary

On the rooftop of the American Psychological Association office building in Washington, meditation teacher, Klia Bassing leads class participants on a walk around a stone labyrinth. The labyrinth, which was installed as part of the building’s environmental green roof, is one of several in the Washington metropolitan area that will be featured in Cintia Cabib’s new documentary, Labyrinth Journeys. The ... Read More »

On Love and Loneliness

Dedicated to J. Krishnamurti and all of those who have ever wondered if flowers get lonely. You stood alone in the darkness, light pouring from your eyes, penetrating into the unknown, sailing into the vast waters of uncertainty. We explored the deep trenches of your wrinkles, canyons of wisdom flowing into the steeple of inquiry. Sages breathe while both alive ... Read More »