Kimberly Wilson

Author: Kimberly Wilson

Tranquility du Jour #470: Love On Every Breath

In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat with Lama Palden Drolma about her new book Love On Every Breath. Learn the eight-step extraordinary tonglen meditation for transforming pain into joy.

Tranquility du Jour #470: Love On Every Breath


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Featured Guest


Lama Palden Drolma is the author of Love on Every Breath. A licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in Fairfax, California. Visit her online at

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Tea with Kimberly: Time in Paris

Curious about planning a solo adventure? Wonder how you’d plan your days? Think you’d be scared to leave the hotel due to a poor sense of direction?

I hear you, thank goodness for Google Flights and Google Maps! Solo travel is scary and exhilarating all rolled into one.

In 2009, I headed to Paris solo for the first time and Tim joined a few days later. I shared each day’s adventures on the blog (here’s day 1), along with takeaways.

As soon as I arrived, I crashed and that’s a big no-no. You’re supposed to stay up and force yourself into the new time zone. Because of this faux pas, I never got on Paris time and would wake up each day in the early afternoon. This meant I had only a few hours of daylight and museum or shop time.

Lesson learned. This was pre-Google Map usage abroad, even cell phone usage abroad, so I carried my trusty map everywhere. It definitely wasn’t easy, but I stumbled upon Boulevard Saint-Germain and it became my compass. The street is filled with shops, theaters, and restaurants.

My solo trips are now much smoother thanks to my iPhone, establishing go-tos (like Shakespeare & Co), hitting local markets to stock up on food staples, and knowing enough French phrases to get by. Whew!

Before I left Paris in September, I recorded this video to share my tips while the adventure was still fresh. Get an inside peek into my 2019 Parisian summer adventures (including a haunted house and jazz bars). Learn my go-to tips to create a memorable experience on your own.

Hope this inspires you to consider a solo trip to a setting that nourishes your spirit the way Paris does for me. Bisous. x

Resources mentioned:

  1. Airbnb
  2. Airbnb Paris sketching experience
  3. Jazz: I spent six hours mesmerized by live jazz at 38Riv. Also loved Le Caveau de la Huchette and D’Aubusson hotel conveniently located near Shakespeare and Company.
  4. Wild & the Moon
  5. Here are an assortment of my Parisian favorites.

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Thank you again for tuning in on Sunday for the HTC celebration! For those of you who missed it or aren’t on Facebook, here’s the replay.

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I’d love to hear your takeaways from the experience. Were you reminded about a chapter that resonated? A tool that would help you with where you are now? A way to hone in on what matters most?

Please share them via email or below. I’m so grateful for YOU! Bisous. x