Soft Core

Soft Core

Upright posture is sometimes believed to be the end result of a helluva lot of sit-ups. So I submit to you my plump, can’t-do-a-sit-up-if-her-life-depended-on-it toddler. Look at how her spine lengthens even in a difficult position! I’m not saying that there is no advantage to abdominal strength, however the link between tight stomachs and good posture is, well, weak. The postural response is activated by the lengthening of muscles flanking the spine. This is what babies are developing during “tummy time.” A lot of our cultural cues like, “sit up straight,” or “chest…continue reading →
Vinny & The Goose: A Westchester Fairytale

Vinny & The Goose: A Westchester Fairytale

Within days of moving up here, I found myself chasing a goose across a Metro-North parking lot at 11 p.m. Had I lost it already? I approached the bird with an old white bedsheet spread between my hands like a villain from Scooby Doo. I would gain a few steps and then the goose would powerwaddle away, looking back periodically from the corner of its beady eyes. As it eluded me, its long neck swayed upward as if giving a Master class in elegance and the Alexander Technique. Earlier in the evening, my wife…continue reading →
Leaving Brooklyn.

Leaving Brooklyn.

About two months ago, my family and I drove our car out of Brooklyn, trailed by a 26 foot moving truck which was packed to the gills with our belongings. We’re out! Finito! Brooklyn no more (except for visiting friends, my wife’s haircuts, a concert next month…). We moved upriver, to the lower Hudson Valley, where the commuter trains are plentiful, the houses are aging, and the yard is wild. Red tailed hawks spiral overhead, making for a sparse, nervous chipmunk population. Because we care about “charm” and because our budget was lean,…continue reading →
New November Retreat! Unconditional Health and Fearlessness in Uncertain Times.

New November Retreat! Unconditional Health and Fearlessness in Uncertain Times.

This November I’m teaming up with Jeff Rubin, founder of Unconditional Healing and a longtime friend and mentor, to offer a brand-new retreat – Unconditional Healing: Holding Sacred View During Uncertain Times. Uncertainty is a condition of life – our health, career, politics, and relationships have no script to follow and no guarantees. Sometimes, as with an illness or layoff, we receive a major unsettling dose of risk. Stress and fear can cause us to either tune out (i.e. crawl into my phone) or burnout (‘I can’t even deal…’). Jeff and I have created a weekend…continue reading →
Microdosing (for underachievers)

Microdosing (for underachievers)

Originally published in Human Shift Magazine, a bi-annual book where culture, sport and spirituality meet. You might take acid and go to work. In fact, you might take acid specifically because you are going to work. In Silicon Valley, because coffee only goes so far, the search for greater focus and productivity has led to a reboot of psychedelics: microdosing. To microdose is to take a small enough quantity of a drug to elicit no adverse side effects (i.e., no hugging of office plants), yet high enough to experience subtle physiological benefits. A…continue reading →
Dan on The Road Home Podcast

Dan on The Road Home Podcast

What’s possible when the body and mind are brought into balance? This was the subject of my recent interview with Ethan Nichtern, Buddhist teacher and author, on his podcast The Road Home. Nichtern is a keen cultural critic who has been interviewed about the relevance of Buddhism on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times. Our conversation was wide ranging and explored: What are the cultural factors that cause us to become out of touch with our own bodies? And how does that carry over into meditation and our approach to spirituality? How does our desire…continue reading →
Only 2 Days Left for Discount on Unconditional Healing Retreat!

Only 2 Days Left for Discount on Unconditional Healing Retreat!

“Cure occasionally, relieve often, and console always.” Ambroise Paré, 16th-century physician   I love the spirit of Dr. Paré’s quote, acknowledging with humility that human health is larger than our comprehension and sophisticated beyond our tools. Well-being includes medicine to be sure, but it also includes appreciation, self-awareness, and community. There are only two days left in our special early registration discount for Unconditional Healing: A New Model of Health for Difficult Times. Register before April 20 and you save $75. I’ll co-teach the retreat with Jeff Rubin, a very special person who…continue reading →
Three Ways to Make Your Work Set-up Healthier

Three Ways to Make Your Work Set-up Healthier

Consider your office set-up and work habits like investing. Each day that you work has an effect on your body and, like our financial situation, ignoring the body doesn’t make it any less real! You can make a few changes that will be a long-term investment in your health (and therefore your ability to be productive and earn that $). Raise Your Rump Sitting with our legs and torso at 90° for long periods of time is normal nowadays, but physiologically unnatural. The reason that chairs use this 90° angle has everything to…continue reading →
RAIN: A Technique for Processing Difficult Emotions and Pain

RAIN: A Technique for Processing Difficult Emotions and Pain

  In this episode of Cultivating a Healing Mindset, I share a wonderfully helpful technique for moving past stuck places around difficult emotions and pain. RAIN, a four step process developed by Insight meditation teachers, helps us be less at war with ourselves during times of adversity or discomfort. With this gentle yet brilliant technique, you can explore what is holding you back from compassion or insight. It's meant to be applied either on the meditation cushion or on the spot. In this video, I'll guide you through the four steps and give…continue reading →
Cultivating a Healing Mindset

Cultivating a Healing Mindset

  "Be positive.” “Hang in there.” “Don’t worry.” In the pantheon of well-intentioned but lame advice, ill people have borne the brunt of it. Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain, stress, or just feeling out of sorts, the underlying message from others tends to be that you aren’t trying hard enough. If only you were more disciplined, rational, or grateful, life would be better. This can lead to an attitude that something is deeply wrong with us – perhaps that’s caused our predicament? The ancient teachings of Buddhism however point us towards a…continue reading →