Misha Shungen Merrill is the primary teacher for Zen Heart Sangha in Menlo Park and Woodside, California, as well as the guiding teacher for the Twining Vines Sangha of New York. She has been practicing Zen since 1984 and received Dharma Transmission (permission to teach) in 1998 in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the founder of SanFrancisco Zen Center. Misha also teaches at Peninsula School in Menlo Park where she is the librarian. She resides in Woodside with her husband and four-footed friends.
This talk was given as a part of the series "Where Rubber Meets the Road: A Series on Mindful Living." This talk focused on bringing mindfulness into the small details of our daily life as a way of making ourselves both centered in the present moment and be prepared for whatever arises. This talk also described how we can take the wonderful and serene mind that we develop during our meditation practice into our everyday life. After all, the whole point is for there to be no separation between our everyday world and our spiritual world. It should be seamless. Can we meet each moment with full attention, full interest, full compassion, and full wisdom?