My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Everyday mindfulness.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Noise! I'm ridiculously sound-sensitive. I constantly dream about ways to re-capture control of my sound environment.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. I have a Buddhist prayer tacked up on my wall:
May all sentient beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that knows no suffering.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and anger that hold some close and others distant.
In truth, I have no idea what perfect happiness is or whether it's possible to attain. But if it is possible, I suspect that these four aspirations point the way to it.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Authenticity, honesty, compassion.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. I have a primal fear of earthquakes.