the present

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March 7, 2017

RELAX INTO BEING

I was fortunate to make a new friend today! It happened as a result of accepting an invitation to visit a new town that I received yesterday…and the whole situation turned into such a beautiful gift, that I’m glad I accepted. I’m glad I was open. I’m glad I didn’t put too much on the - Read More -

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January 21, 2017

ON CHANGES AND DESIRE

As I grabbed my computer to write a post yesterday, it was unresponsive. After spending some time charging and working through various troubleshooting steps, I was forced to confront the fact that after 7 years of faithful service, my MacBook Pro might indeed be toast. I accepted that reality and went to sleep last night - Read More -

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October 14, 2016

LIFE IS A JOURNEY

While reflecting on a couple of lovely days spent traveling around my beautiful island of Santo Antao, I’m inspired to think about the¬†journey of life. The featured photo was taken from the crater of a volcano here. How does someone come to live in the crater of a volcano? How do all of the decisions - Read More -

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June 4, 2016

CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER

Life is fleeting, and sometimes it seems that there is no end to worries. Every small thing becomes big and we somehow put off feeling happy until some later date … or until we achieve some future accomplishment. But this is not life. This is simply a cycle of suffering. In those fruitless moments of - Read More -

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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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November 8, 2015

YOGA CLASS

I had not been to a yoga class in years before yesterday…I’m more of a meditator ;) I think yoga is a beautiful practice, however I find that the studios have the capacity to overheat me! Nonetheless, a friend kindly invited me to attend his class so I went for it. Before the class began, - Read More -

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October 19, 2015

THE ONLY REALITY IS NOW

A Japanese warrior was captured by his enemies and thrown into prison. That night he was unable to sleep because he feared that the next day he would be interrogated, tortured, and executed. Then the words of his Zen master came to him, “Tomorrow is not real. It is an illusion. The only reality is - Read More -

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October 4, 2015

THE JOURNEY TO MY FIRST BOOK

When I started this blog in February 2013, I felt called to write a book but I didn’t know where to start. I did not want to be a writer who did not write, so I used the blog as a way of becoming comfortable getting my writing out into the world. With my background - Read More -

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August 18, 2015

WHEN IS NOW?

After several weeks of travel, I slept for the entire weekend to recover. Exciting, right? :) As I found some secret store of energy this morning, I woke up early and went for a long bike ride. Listening to meditative tunes, I started getting back to Zen ;) A quote from Rumi kept repeating itself - Read More -

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June 26, 2015

OPTIONS

The world is vast. Our perception is so often limited. Having options is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Should I stay or go? Should I invest in this or that? Will this decision result in a loss or gain? If we first take a breath and then take a step back, - Read More -

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