Trudy Goodman

Welcome

Welcome dear friend, So honored that you have taken the time to visit. For those who do not know me, my name is Trudy and I’ve been practicing mindfulness meditation for many years. Sitting in stillness has helped me sustain joy through all the ups and downs of life.   On this site you’ll find an abundance of… Continue reading

From Trudy

Refreshing Practice

This morning at dawn I brought cushions outside on the little cement stoop in front of my house to sit. I felt peaceful but tired, lackluster, needing to be refreshed by the cool air of early morning and the spaciousness of being outdoors. In the midst of jetlag and the busyness of coming home, I… Continue reading

From Trudy

Happy INTERDEPENDENCE Holiday!

Jack [Kornfield] and I just finished teaching a retreat at the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat in Spain, known to the Catalans as Montsagrat, “Sacred Mountain.” In pre-Christian times, the Romans built a temple here to honor their goddess Venus. A sense of reverence blesses our retreat as we sit on this mountain… Continue reading

From Trudy

In the Footprint of the Cosmos

“All the footprints of the other animals can fit in that of the elephant, the elephant’s footprint is supreme. In the same way, all skillful qualities are rooted and gathered in mindfulness, and mindfulness is supreme,” said the Buddha. Everyone and everything fits into the supreme ‘footprint’ of loving awareness. Wherever you’re mindful, loving awareness… Continue reading

From Trudy

Mindfulness & Technology

Jack and I recently led meditations for Tristan Harris’s Humane Technology conference. Tristan, a meditator and celebrated technology reformer, opened his talk with a quote from E.O.Wilson. When he was asked if we will be able to solve the crises of the next hundred years. Wilson said, “Yes if we are honest and smart. The… Continue reading

From Trudy

Breath! Delight in Meditation

Most of us live in a busy, goal-directed culture. In our meditation life, that same goal-directed energy is always searching for a special experience, attainable only in the future; a state that’s higher, better, different from where we are right now. Fortunately, mindfulness of what’s happening in the present is both the path and the… Continue reading

From Trudy

Dreaming? Awake?

Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream;
 Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
 Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream. So is all conditioned existence to be seen.—Buddha One morning, I slowly stretch and wake up, refreshed from dreaming I’m in Hawaii… Continue reading

From Trudy

Writing Retreat

I’m spending this month at Jack’s house on a writing retreat. Yesterday I finished a piece I’d been working on and, I had to admit, it’s not very good. This is the opinion of the inner critic, my own personal editor who looks over my shoulder and remarks, “No one would want to read this,… Continue reading