I’m so glad you’re here.

Shanti means “inner peace” in Sanskrit. Peace can be achieved in a multitude of ways. One growing modality is the use of mindfulness: a concept derived from Zen Buddhist practice that helps us find inner stillness by un-attaching from doing and embracing BEING. When the mind chatter quiets, we connect to the true essence of who we are.
The invitation…

“We are to be undone. This is life. There’s no getting around it. We unravel over and over again. Life gets disrupted. We are thrown off. We face the unimaginable. It’s sobering, ending up in a place that we thought we’d never be. There’s nothing to do but stand there, unraveled. When doing is done and there’s nothing to do, you meet what can’t be imagined.”
-Zenju Earthlynn Manuel, The Deepest Peace

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