Karen Macklin

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Karen Macklin is a writer, life coach, and teacher of yoga and mindfulness in San Francisco. See more about her at www.karenmacklin.com.

Examined Life: Replace existing normal

So, here we are. I finally did my laundry. It had piled up from a week of vacation, followed by a week of social distancing,...

Examined Life: A year to love for no reason

Spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass once wrote, “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely...

Dan Hoyle’s border-crossing art of empathy

ONSTAGE Bay Area writer-performer Dan Hoyle, with his smart and poignant brand of journalistic theater, is at it again with his latest solo show, Border...

Examined Life: On shaky ground

EXAMINED LIFE We are, none of us, on steady ground. This is a spiritual truth, but it’s also increasingly become a practical truth, especially in...

When our bodies break down

EXAMINED LIFE No one plans for sickness. We plan for busy schedules and vacation time and meeting deadlines. We plan for school and for retirement,...

Life is hard. Say yes to that. 

EXAMINED LIFE It’s winter and it’s dark out and we’re approaching the holiday season, so … I want to talk about being uncomfortable. I...

Examined Life: Power, patriarchy, and the imperfect guru

It’s the end of an era, albeit a very short one. In 2014, Against the Stream (ATS) Buddhist Meditation Society—an organization founded by counter culture...

Examined Life: Far to fall

EXAMINED LIFE Author Anne Lamott once wrote, “My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” It’s a pearl, but of...

Examined Life: Don’t just sit there—listen

EXAMINED LIFE As I was walking to class the other night, the sky suddenly changed from picturesque puffed clouds to torrential downpour. I had...

Examined Life: Love and the lost art of friendship

EXAMINED LIFE We all know when it’s here. The chocolate hearts, the smell of cut flowers, the pink and red greeting cards and stickers...