Holding the Messes of Life with Ease and Balance

October 26, 2018

Connecting with others in friendship and community helps us recover the emotional equilibrium that supports our resilience. This interview shares an exercise from Linda Graham’s new book Resilience that deepens that connection, and helps us experience and claim our own resilience. I hope you enjoy this video! Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty and Even Disaster  has more than 100 evidenced-based tools to strengthen our innate capacities to cope with anything, anything at all.… Read more

You don’t agree with me? Now what?

October 11, 2018

Many of us have no idea where to begin when we find ourselves across from someone who we disagree with. The words fight, flight, or freeze come to mind as our ineffective toolkit of responses. How is that working for you? Not so well for me… Difficult conversations don’t need to be quite so… difficult. With a little curiosity, effort, care, and courage any of us can learn to lean in to these moments with… Read more

The best thing to ask your kiddos when they get home from school is……

October 3, 2018

Ready for it?  NOTHING! How about that?  Instead of asking them…. How was your day? Do you have any homework?  How are you feeling? What grade did you receive on your test?  Tell them…. I’m so happy to see you.  I missed you!  The house/apartment just got a little brighter with you in it.  I’m noticing you look a little worn out. I’m here if you need anything. And if you must ask them something…. Can… Read more

Back to school transitions… the struggle is real

September 13, 2018

Hi Everyone!  By now, most of your kids will be back in school, whether that be in a formal school setting or a homeschool. Let me just share that the transition into middle and high school has been REALLY REALLY HARD! Did I just yell that? Ooooops. I’m suppose to be mindful and calm… or something like that. <wink> Well… like all life struggles, these situations invite us into presence and inquiry if we are brave… Read more

Different does NOT mean Deficient

August 4, 2018

Hallelujah to that statement you guys! I’m saying it again… Different does NOT mean Deficient.  As many of you know, both of my boys have learning differences and those differences have surely put doubt in their minds about their true worth and what they are capable of. Knowing they doubt themselves DRIVES ME CRAZY and makes me so sad. I struggle sometimes with how best to support them in having a positive self concept. I care… Read more

Mindful Rituals at Home

July 26, 2018

I recently hosted the Mindful Schools summer program, and the topic was “Mindful Rituals at Home”. Join me here for a short video introduction, an offer to set an intention this summer, and a 10 minute meditation…. Mindful Summer: Mindful Rituals at Home With life, work, kids, and more vying for your attention, it’s helpful to embed mindful rituals at home and throughout the day to remind yourself to come back to the moment. I invite you… Read more

To Control Yourself… Know Yourself

July 10, 2018

One of my favorite quotes is… “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle    So many parents share with me how their biggest struggle is to keep from snapping at their kiddos. They get angry, feel resentful, and find themselves just overall frustrated….then they do or say something they wish they had not. Ouch. We have all been there.  Many of you know I am a recovering yeller. I get it…really I do. … Read more

Anyone else counting the days until school starts again?

June 30, 2018

I LOVE the routine of the school year. Sure…sometimes someone is home sick or some other bump in the road appears, but in general I have some semblance of certainty as to when I can get my work done. Then the weekend comes and we can PLAY! I also LOVE working from home…but not so much during the summer months. And yes, I’m sure if we were heading off to some tropical location or lake… Read more

Sometimes we all need a little taming of the ego…

June 15, 2018

One of the greatest gifts mindfulness has given me is the ability to watch my ego roar and not take it too seriously.  Sitting in meditation while watching thoughts go by again, and again, and again… seriously lends itself to understanding how wacky the mind can be.  However…last week, a book talk I gave at Google on Mindful Parenting went live on YouTube. This is exciting right? Well….it was until I saw that the only three comments posted… Read more

Sibling Struggles, Stressors, and Solutions

June 7, 2018

Don’t you wish this blog post could solve all of the issues you have at home with siblings?  Yeah….. me too. Yet here we are…. with siblings who may have some….. ummm….. let’s call them “challenges”. I was inspired to write about this topic today when my youngest son marched into the kitchen this morning and announced “I don’t hate Tyler this morning!” He was clearly proud of himself. This reality seemed revolutionary.  We were… Read more

Free Webinar- The Joy of Teenagers Through the Lens of Mindful Awareness

May 24, 2018

The teenage years are filled with so much possibility. They are some of the most creative, inquisitive, and growth oriented times of our lives, yet parents often cringe when considering life with a teen. Join Jessica Morey, Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and Michelle Gale, Author of Mindful Parenting in a Messy World as they explore the essential questions parents must ask to cultivate deeper connection and trust within themselves and with their… Read more

A Fall Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii

April 14, 2018

Join us for 2 and 1/2 inspiring days to develop or renew your vision and purpose. This will be an experience of recharging your body-mind-spirit, while meeting, collaborating and establishing connections with other changemakers in the wisdom field.FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER GO HERE Read more

1/2 Day Mindfulness Retreat for Parents in Sausalito

April 14, 2018

How can we as parents live in a way that is meaningfully connected to ourselves and others, even as the demands and complexities of contemporary life and work are accelerated? Life is messy, and it’s exactly within this messiness where we find our greatest potential for growth, if we can learn to pause and rest in awareness. Practicing mindfulness is medicine for our times. Join us for a half day retreat where we will practice… Read more

Book Talk at Google Headquarters

February 11, 2018

If you happen to work for Google please join me for a book talk from 12-1pm at their main campus.  Read more

1/2 Day Mindfulness Retreat for Parents in Sausalito

February 11, 2018

How can we as parents live in a way that is meaningfully connected to ourselves and others, even as the demands and complexities of contemporary life and work are accelerated? Life is messy, and it’s exactly within this messiness where we find our greatest potential for growth, if we can learn to pause and rest in awareness. Practicing mindfulness is medicine for our times. Join us for a half day retreat where we will practice… Read more

Everything is fine. Until it isn’t. Then it is again: Tales of a Family Vacation

December 20, 2017

I’ve had this blog post swirling around in my mind for over a year now. Although I’m writing it while on vacation with my husband and two son’s, it is actually the hum of my life. Pretty much each and EVERY day. Why don’t I walk you through a typical twenty four hours of this family vacation and tell me if anything seems familiar. It could be just me. I wake up early and do… Read more

Coming Home (To Ourselves) For The Holidays

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and for many that means the start of the holiday season. Here we go! The stress, worry, relationship struggles, shopping, hurt feelings, awkward moments with your drunk uncle sharing his political views….. you know the drill. This year….come home yourself for the holiday’s. What do I mean? Have I lost it? Well, I probably have, but let me share the only solution to all of this mayhem that has worked… Read more

Book Talk at the San Francisco Zen Center

October 23, 2017

Join Michelle at she is interviewed by Meg Levie from the San Francisco Zen Center about her book Mindful Parenting in a Messy World. http://sfzc.org/ Read more

Google Parenting Workshop

October 23, 2017

If you are lucky enough to work for Google please join Michelle for a parenting workshop/retreat.  Read more

Wisdom 2.0 Conference

October 23, 2017

Wisdom 2.0 is the premiere gathering focused on exploring the intersection of wisdom and technology. Our flagship gathering is in San Francisco each year, where thousands of people from over 30 countries join in asking: how do we live with greater presence, purpose, and wisdom in the digital age?Michelle will be facilitating and hosting. Join us!  http://www.wisdom2summit.com/ Read more

Book Talk at the Book Passage

October 23, 2017

Join me for a book talk at Book Passage in Corte Madera! Where: Book Passage at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. Corte Madera, CA When: January 23rd at 7pm  Read more

Wisdom 2.0 Intersect Retreat

Wisdom 2.0 Intersect

October 23, 2017

Join us on the Big Island, Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid for 2 and 1/2 inspiring days to develop or renew your vision and purpose. This will be an experience of recharging your body-mind-spirit, while meeting, collaborating &  establishing connections with other change-makers in the wisdom field.To Register: http://www.wisdom2intersect.com/ Read more


September 25, 2017

My cell phone rang recently and I saw my poppa’s name pop up. Poppa is in his eighties and lives in the southeast of Florida, which at the time, was in the direct path of hurricane Irma. I live in California and was in the middle of a busy work day. It was strange to see him calling, because I generally check in with him. We had just spoken the day before.It didn’t take long… Read more

Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year: A Conversation with Cassandra Vieten

August 1, 2017

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is the President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Cassandra wrote the book Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year back in 2006. The online course to support this book can be found at www.mindfulmotherhood.org Read more

Michelle was interviewed for the Happily Family Online Parenting Conference

May 20, 2017

Check out the Conference details here. Read more

Wisdom Teachings for Young People in the Technology Age: Wisdom 2.0 Interview from 2014

May 19, 2017

Wisdom Teachings for Young People in the Technology Age   Read more

4 Minute Meditation for Parents

March 2, 2017

Family life is filled with uncertainty. I find that stopping to pause and meditate even for a few minutes helps me ride the waves of uncertainty like a champ. May this practice support you. If you liked this podcast, subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss a thing! Read more

Breathe. Smile. Let Go: A Meditation

February 11, 2017

Join Michelle for a short meditation to support you in staying present during the wild ride of family life. If you liked this podcast, subscribe on iTunes so you don’t miss a thing! Read more

The 4 Telltale Signs of a Good Enough Mindful Parent

September 8, 2016

A mindful parent is wise, calm, and always knows just what to do in any given parenting situation. Right? Right? Maybe not so much. I began focusing on parenting mindfully about eight years ago, and at that time one of my main goals was to stay calm and not get angry. How do you think that worked out for me? Well…I pretty much ended up feeling like a failure every time I didn’t feel calm… Read more

Life Happens For Us Not To Us

May 30, 2016

Life is our teacher every step of the way…even the messy unpleasant parts (especially the messy unpleasant parts). All of our experiences exist to open us up to what we have yet to learn. Read more

Nope. I can't do it all. Now What?

March 24, 2016

I recently found myself walking in circles in my unorganized office. My head was spinning with all of the responsibilities and projects I currently had on my plate. The list seemed endless. I was homeschooling my youngest son for the first time this year, entering my second year of graduate school, working with a few new coaching clients, speaking to publishers about a book I had written, managing my household, and oh yes…parenting! My to-do… Read more

A Lesson From The Beauty Of A Ladybug

March 24, 2016

Today I found a perfect little ladybug crawling around on the bed and immediately set in motion my plan to save it! I encouraged it on my finger while admiring its beauty and then safely cupped it inside of my hands. When I arrived outside I walked around looking for the perfect place to set it free, eventually placing it on some lovely flowers. At that point I sat and watched it happily roam around… Read more

Why I Raise My Sons Open To All Spiritual Faiths…

March 24, 2016

The punch line here, as far as I’m concerned, is that at the core… it’s all the same darn thing anyway. The tales have been told in countless languages, countries, tribes, and under the roofs of all places of faith. I believe most faiths have something to teach me… even the ones I don’t know about yet. Especially the ones I don’t know about yet.If being curious and open minded was a religion I’d sign… Read more

Compassion (For Ourselves!) as the Key to Parenting

March 24, 2016

I’m not sure any group of people walking the planet are harder on themselves than parents. Geez. We do not give ourselves a break.Anyone else besides me ever think to themselves…I’m totally screwing up my kids.Oh man, I shouldn’t have said that. They are never going to forgive me.I’m a terrible parent. Seriously. I suck at it.Why did I raise my voice in anger again? I’m hopeless.My children’s future spouse is going to hate me… Read more

Meditation Retreat Confessions: One Mother’s Suffering

March 24, 2016

OK, so the title is a bit misleading here…I haven’t actually GONE on the retreat yet. That being said, I’m all signed up and preparing my husband and two young sons for five days without mommy. Yep. You heard it. Silence. Five whole days. Need to find your baseball glove? Want a glass of milk? Trouble with your homework? Find dad. He’s your guy.A little background about my relationship to mindfulness practice and meditation will… Read more

How I Learned to Love Baseball, Building a Bridge From Mother to Son

March 24, 2016

My husband LOVES baseball. During entire seasons he follows the Giants online, on the radio, or on TV. Perpetually. At all times. Seriously. It always seemed like the season would never end. I considered starting a petition to lower the number of games played each year. I’m a sports fan, but for many years, I’ll admit, I was pretty irked at the mere mention of baseball simply because my husband was so obsessed.This all began… Read more

But Don’t You Feel Sad For The Rat Mom?

March 24, 2016

My family is blessed to live in a wonderful suburb just North of San Francisco. Our home is in close proximity to a quaint little town as well as hiking and biking trails leading into the forest just steps from our door. Although I try not to think about it, we also share our wonderful little corner of the world with plenty of rats who enjoy the ivy, fruit trees, and bleeding heart naturalists who… Read more

Baseball, Sorrow, & Water Balloons

March 24, 2016

A little league story…Ten to nine score against the Pirates.Two batters out and one left to go.Bases Loaded.Here comes the pitch….And… Strike Out!Next comes the shock… the sorrow… the tears… the loss…My husband helps coach my sons little league team with two other incredible men who held these ten year old boys disappointment with utter compassion and love. They all agree that learning to lose and experience disappointment is one of the most important lessons… Read more

Mean Mommy

March 24, 2016

Recently, I was pulling into my driveway with my youngest son Brody and one of his buddies for an after school play-date. I overheard his friend quietly saying “My mom is so mean. She yells at me everyday.” I assume they had a rough morning at home…something I have a bit of experience with myself. Before I knew it, Brody was chiming in…”My mom is so mean too!”.My internal chatter begins: “Wait. What? Me? I’m… Read more

What's the Rush Mom? A Reminder From My Sons.

March 24, 2016

This morning as my boys were leaving for school my youngest son did what he normally does before leaving the house… say goodbye to the dogs. He of course does this ever so slowly with a kiss and a story to them about how the school day isn’t that long…It was past the time they needed to leave and I felt that pang of stress enter my body while that familiar thought “move along ”… Read more

The Gift of Natural Consequences

March 24, 2016

Last night as my son was leaving for basketball practice I noticed he was wearing a long sleeved shirt under his practice jersey. I let him know I thought he would be hot once he started running but he said he would be fine. When he came home he was covered in sweat and had his long sleeved shirt in his hand. My initial reaction was to mention that I had been right somehow… but… Read more

Exploring Conscious Parenting with the Wisdom 2.0 Community

March 24, 2016

Parenting in our exceedingly connected wired world can leave mothers, fathers, and caretakers alike wondering how to manage it all. The fast pace of life, combined with the use of multiple devices draws our attention away from our loved ones. At the same time, many of us notice our inner world beckoning us back for deeper connection. What actions do we take to find peace amidst it all?We have all observed with sadness entire families… Read more

What I Believe… (…so far…)

March 24, 2016

I believe if we raise a conscious generation of youth, our world will be a better place for my children and their families.I believe in the power of mindfulness and meditation to transform our inner and outer worlds.I believe compassion should be taught to every child and in every school across the globe.I believe my children and I were chosen specially for one another to guide each of our spiritual unfolding.I believe it’s my work… Read more

We are so proud of your son! So why is mom worried?

March 24, 2016

Recently, my youngest son came home from school with a thank you note from his teacher that read: “We are so proud of your son! He led a version of one of your home rituals – we held hands and repeated him as we spoke of happiness, peace, and love. It was just what the class needed”.As you can imagine, my initial reaction was of pure joy and appreciation for what this young child was… Read more