“When it gets really harried—as it did the last shift I worked—a few seconds of centering and controlled-breath techniques help to calm the mind and focus the thought process. These techniques are specifically Buddhist and have become an on-the-go part of my work.”

—David Peterson, MD, Seattle emergency room physician

“When I am first hit with grief, I try to ride it like a wave, allowing the emotions to flow over me.”

—Michael Seligmann, Ripton, Vermont-based avocational potter and writer and former psychotherapist who lost his son, Doug, in a climbing accident 11 years ago

“The wave used to feel more like acid than water, but we’ve learned over the years that the wave will eventually recede. And choosing to enter into grief feels better that resisting it. We feel closer to Doug, his memory, and a deeper part of ourselves.”

—Cindy Seligmann, Ripton, Vermont-based quilter and former psychotherapist, and mother of Doug

“When I rise each day, I read several short passages from spiritual teachers I admire. I speak aloud positive vows I have taken, such as ‘I dedicate my life to the benefit of all beings, spreading joy and inspiration.’”

—Chris Noble, Salt Lake City–based adventure and fine art photographer who spends three to five months on the road each year

“I think one has to turn off the TV, radio, and learn to listen to the beautiful stillness of their days. While I lived in New York City, the yearning to step out my door onto green grass was always there, and finally I listened to that yearning. I am so thankful I did.”

—Emilie Betts, 80-something-year-old artist, writer, and wise elder from Norwalk, Connecticut

“I practice a traditional Zen meditation, zazen, daily.”

—Dana Turner, former temple keeper at Palolo Zen Center in Honolulu