KELLY BLASER BLOG

The cusp of summer and my obsession with spring…

The cusp of summer and my obsession with spring…

Here in Northern California, we are at the tail end of the incredible phase of everything-bursting-raucously-into-blossom. As summer draws nearer and the verdant green turns rapidly gold, I find myself cherishing these last few …

The One Gift that Keeps on Giving

The One Gift that Keeps on Giving

It’s Mother’s Day and here’s the only flower you need. This symbol is the gift that keeps on giving — read on to see why! I am well aware that while Mother’s Day is a cause for great celebration for some, it brings up some very sticky feelings for …

A non-dual approach to the concept of authenticity

A non-dual approach to the concept of authenticity

“When authenticity threatens attachment, attachment trumps authenticity.” The quote can be a hard pill to swallow, and is central to Gabor Mate’s thesis on what ails us as a people and what to do about it. I do…

How to remember to reach for support

How to remember to reach for support

I’ve been deep in the contemplation of the Buddha’s awakening recently. This means I’ve been diving into not only the teachings, but what came before the teachings. Who was this being they call the Blessed One, before he wandered…

The Haunted Forest of the Mind

The Haunted Forest of the Mind

Lately, I’ve been contemplating the paradox of metta. Many of you are familiar with metta practice, which developed in early Buddhism as an approach to working with threatening energies and the fears that can arise when facing…

The Annihilation of Annihilation

The Annihilation of Annihilation

I woke up this morning trying to remember a quote that my old friend Steve, used to love. Steve was a dedicated meditator basically lived on my couch in Santa Cruz, when he wasn’t sitting a 3 month retreat. He became my best friend. Steve is no longer …

The Alchemy of Dharma and Psychotherapy

The Alchemy of Dharma and Psychotherapy

When I was in school to become a psychotherapist, I was simultaneously deeply immersed in Yogic and Meditative practice. Zen was my first taste of the Dharma. It was a wild ride and not at all the easiest way to begin… but would I have…

the one tool we need

the one tool we need

In my world, our extended families are far away. Gabriel’s family is classically diasporic. Many are in Cuba still, but some are far-flung. Some in Brazil, some in Budapest, some in Luxembourg. My family is in Colorado, and Mexico. So our ritual is to…

Opening Our Hearts Towards the Now

Opening Our Hearts Towards the Now

My mom is visiting me right now and it’s a delight. She likes to go on little walks around our crazy neighborhood, and do yoga on the living room floor with me. She is a playful sprite of a being. And last night we sat together and looked at an extensive…

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