This blog is devoted to nurturing

and sustaining our sense of well-being (comfortable, healthy, happy) and appreciating its life-affirming benefits.  Weekly posts will focus in three areas: BE-KNOW-DO 


When it comes to a sense of well-being, we often know what to do, but have difficulty following through (for various reasons).  As a result, our KNOW-DO gaps (what we know is good or works, compared to what we do about what we know) is often great. Since what we do with what we know often depends on and/or is enhanced by our state of being, it makes sense to tend to and nurture this aspect as well. Thus, I offer the BE-KNOW-DO blog as a way to encourage well-being through a simple practice.  


BE I’m sitting in an open space at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, waiting for a meeting and “being present to all things.” The hum of voices in various conversations dims as I notice the hangers on a coat rack, the paintings on the wall, a crack in the cement floor, the sound of air coming from the vents, the sign (Fanny Spencer Wilder) on the entry to a meeting room, and the designs on the chair next to me. I’m now part of a large-scale work of art where the simple, ordinary, mundane aspects of my environment become beautifully complex and extraordinary. All these things around me have transformed into a living experience as I become curious about the stories behind them. KNOW I’m curi


BE Intuitively I believe this is good for me, and probably a way to achieve the sense of peace I’ve been seeking for much of my life. My heart softens every time I hear or say the words “loving kindness,” yet my mind often seems to have a hard time knowing how to do it. I’m curious to understand more. KNOW If AWARE is “having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact,” and LOVING KINDNESS is “tenderness and consideration toward others;” then the opportunity offered by this state of being may be to open up as fully as possible (and ideally without judgment) to what is known (and unknown) in a given situation, while engaging another person heart to heart. The challenge for me is to set

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