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

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Vote with Your Heart

All of us at InsightLA want to share our deep sadness for the tragic events that occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the shooting Friday at a yoga studio in Tallahassee. Places of worship, sharing, community, or just somewhere that we can simply sit quietly – are sacred spaces. These spaces, and all… Continue reading

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The Life of This Moment

For years when I was young, I struggled with a kind of low-level anxiety, as though something nameless and forgotten was always nipping at my heels. My relationships, passionate at first, always seemed to end in dissatisfaction. My mind jumped around, and I followed it. When I found this practice, it was hard for me… Continue reading

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Bearing Witness: Migrants in Tijuana

Yesterday Jack and I drove to Mexico with our InsightLA board member Butch Schuman, Tere Romano, an InsightLA teacher from Mexico and her daughter Fredel, and Rosamaria Segura from our Facilitator Training, who created mindfulness classes in two shelters in the border city of Tijuana. In the women’s shelter, there are countless little children playing… Continue reading

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Dharma in the Desert

Christiane Wolf, Joslyn Hitter, Martin Vitorino and I just returned from the InsightLA fall meditation retreat in Lucerne Valley. There, the windswept mountains are strewn across a vast valley under the towering blue sky. The ridges and mesa seem impossibly desolate at first glance – lunar, stark, bleak. It takes time to see the beauty… Continue reading

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Healing Great Sadness

Grieving is hard work — even physically in a way we don’t anticipate. When my wasband George and I got divorced, there was real pain in my chest. My heart was literally aching, like a broken bone. The time it takes to recover from intense grief can be longer than most people expect. Other people… Continue reading

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The Book of Life

On Rosh Hashanah Sunday, someone asked a poignant question. She wondered what to do? Yom Kippur is coming, the holiest of days of atonement, repentance, and she’s not ready to forgive – not at all. Her fear about facing this day without doing what is required reminded me of being a young girl and wondering… Continue reading

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Remembering to Love

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.” —Søren Kierkegaard Right after I turned 22, I became a mom. It took a while to integrate this new reality. I remember having a… Continue reading

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Find the Stillness

Once when I was teaching at a Spirit Rock retreat years ago, Jack was giving the evening dharma talk, I was so tired that I fell sound asleep like a child listening to a bedtime story. I was sitting up straight in perfect cross-legged posture on the stage right in front of everyone in the… Continue reading

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How Can We Change Our World?

Last Saturday, the InsightLA teachers gathered for another day of exploration of inclusion and diversity. Together we’re putting the magnifying glass of mindfulness on top of our organization to better see where any of us might be reflecting the conditioned racism of our society. With the heartbreaking divisiveness and suffering around racism so currently visible,… Continue reading