Choose to Breathe

Choose to Breathe

I freelanced for nearly two decades as a television host, producer, writer, and voice-over talent, even as an actor on occasion. Sometimes, I was crazy busy, juggling a number of projects; sometimes, everything would wrap up at once and I wouldn’t know how...
Continuum: Diving Into Fluidity

Continuum: Diving Into Fluidity

Three mornings a week, I get up early and head to a gym where I work out with a trainer. He has me do lunges and sumo squats; he works my triceps, biceps, and back muscles with free weights; he directs me to hold planks and do sit-ups on an ab bench. I do three sets...
How to Love Winter

How to Love Winter

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love the crispness in the air, the warm-but-not-too-hot days, the cooler nights, the vibrantly colored leaves shimmering in the trees. But it’s also a bittersweet time of year—a time tinged with feelings of loss. I...
Practicing Emotional Balance

Practicing Emotional Balance

Like many people I know, I’ve experienced depression and anxiety at various points in my life. I seem to be part of a growing group. The World Health Organization has stated that by the year 2030, depression and anxiety will be our number-one global disease burden,...
Zazen: the Practice of Sitting

Zazen: the Practice of Sitting

Years ago, I conducted a television interview with a Zen Buddhist priest about the transformative power of meditation. At the time, I’d dabbled with various types of meditation, but certainly didn’t practice it regularly and couldn’t attest to its benefits. While I...