forgiveness

red rose
September 27, 2016

ABOUT SAYING EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON

They say, “Everything happens for a reason,” and I’m sure I’ve used this saying before too. But mostly I’m not a fan of it because it seems to justify every perceived bad thing. I don’t think the saying is necessarily wrong, but it just comes off as callous. It doesn’t express the full story. Things - Read More -

London fireworks 2016
January 1, 2016

FORGIVENESS AND NEW BEGINNINGS

I once read that forgiveness is not simply about accepting what has happened…forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. This resonated with me because some situations are too horrible to simply accept. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot be free to move on. That situation may propel - Read More -

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September 6, 2015

CALM DURING THE STORM

Before acting, one should rest in a state of equanimity, indifferent to the results of the action, so that the action happens naturally without any sense of it being “your” action. – Chuang-tzu Equanimity is defined as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. One could also call it coolheadedness. - Read More -

June 27, 2015

RACIAL EQUALITY

Racial inequality is so difficult for me to understand. From my perspective, we all come from the same Source. Just as the red rose and pink rose are both beautiful, it baffles me that some might passionately argue that one is somehow better (or more beautiful) than the other. The senseless violence that continues, even today, - Read More -

china blue
May 30, 2015

DEFENSE

Defense is the first act of war.  Byron Katie shared this wisdom and I think it’s true. As soon as we become defensive, it seems that we invite conflict. I find that I have these moments when I try to create boundaries.  Now if I was being like water and letting things flow naturally, this - Read More -

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January 9, 2015

NOTHING IS WORTH HOLDING ON TO

The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to. – Jack Kornfield It sometimes happens that I don’t publish a post because it doesn’t feel quite right. It could be the image, the direction of the content, or a vibe that there’s something else missing. The - Read More -

morning sun over niagra falls
December 29, 2014

SELF BLAME

I’m irritable when I’m tired. I’m impatient when I’m hungry. Loud noises, bad smells, and big crowds can wear me down. But I made it through loud holiday celebrations, crowded airports, and a kind lady sitting next to me on a plane that continued to pass gas throughout the flight. Haha! (True story.)  Though I’m - Read More -

hawaii wave
October 31, 2014

RESPONSIBILITY

This morning, in beautiful Maui, I read an awesome quote by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind. I believe this to be true. - Read More -

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October 11, 2014

CHANGE

After a fun, full day in San Francisco, I’m up at 2am on a Saturday thinking about change. While it is true that things change, I’m inspired to say that we experience pain because we fail to realize that our expectations change. We anticipate future outcomes (i.e. illusions) based on our expectations. These desired future outcomes are simply what we - Read More -

pyramid reflections
September 15, 2014

REFLECTIONS

When the voice is gentle, so is the echo. When the figure stands upright, the shadow is straight. – Guishan I said to a friend recently that my kind actions were simply a reflection of their kind actions. I did not believe they were deserving of special thanks, but the kind return of love perhaps - Read More -

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