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sky relfection
May 5, 2015

ZEN

Recently, I reread bits of “Zen: The Path of Paradox” by Osho. The book provides a lovely description of Zen, and I was particularly intrigued by this passage, starting with the following sutra: Like the empty sky it has no boundaries, yet it is right in this place, ever profound and clear. Osho then advises, - Read More -

count your blessings
January 24, 2015

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

As I near the final stages of recovery from the flu, I have become a little reflective. It is pretty clear that I had not been getting enough sleep in the midst of traveling and committing to too many things. I set myself up perfectly for being sick. And the flu had an astounding way - Read More -

MacDonald_nightfall_half-large
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 -

climber - alpine glacier
January 5, 2015

PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR

I automatically feel like it’s the new year, because my gym in L.A. is suddenly packed. Messages of “New Year, New You” are everywhere and resolutions are abundant. “New” does carry its own appeal. But just as we have a new year, new month, and new day, we also are rewarded with new moments. In a breath, we can - Read More -

sproket
July 27, 2014

PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

This morning, the message on my Yogi tea label was, “To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.” The more I live, the more I find this to be true. When we are calm,  we can see more clearly. With a simple breath, we can stop the waves of emotion that can threaten - Read More -

the pursuit of happiness
July 24, 2014

WHAT DO YOU VALUE?

Today, concepts of time, energy, prioritization, and excuses were on my mind. In the simplest terms, I believe that you tend to do what you prioritize and make excuses for everything else you don’t do. However, I also think that what you prioritize may not be in alignment with what you truly value. So I want to ask this - Read More -

stonehenge
May 27, 2014

THE WISE MAN DOES NOTHING

“The wise man does nothing, while the fool is always tying himself up.” – Daoxin While giving thanks for another twirl around the Earth, I decided to start my morning in London with Zen readings. (This really means that I read a lot of quotes, koans, and stories until something sticks with me and makes - Read More -

streets of edinburgh
May 16, 2014

ALL IN THE MIND

“To search for enlightenment or nirvana beyond this mind is impossible.” – Bodhidharma This quote reminds me of one of my first posts and favorite stories that illustrates there is no place that God is not. Searching for God outside of ourselves never works because we are the common element no matter where we go. We - Read More -

vienna opera house
April 12, 2014

TRANSFERENCE OF STRESS

I am so incredibly fortunate to have been blessed with amazing friendships! As I have the privilege of spending time in Europe now with one of those friends, I’m reminded that often there is nothing better for the spirit than a good laugh with a great friend! However, this morning I spent some moments considering - Read More -

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