Monday, March 20, 2017

Feast etc.


The meal after a sacred meal is also a sacred meal.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Four Words that Can Make a Difference


I am now more convinced than ever that the positive future of humanity resides in the ability to say four words:

"Maybe I am wrong."

It takes a truly great person to admit fault and change course.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mindful Cooking


Mindful cooking is one of the most potent paths to compassion.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road.


A buddha traveling east on the road passes a buddha traveling west on the road.
Neither notices.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Body/Mind - No Conflict

The body is not 'superimposed' on the mind, heart, spirit, soul...

It is more 'sub-present' - to all of these.

The body is the 'sub-foundation' of all that we think - and more importantly - all that we truly feel.

When we accept our bodily reality, we are giving to ourselves our true home - We are restoring the ownership of the 'temple of the Holy Spirit.'

Our bodies - with all their desires - are not the 'enemies' to our true and pure hearts - they are actually our strongest allies - and as such, we should not only accept what our bodies are telling us - we should honor the wisdom that their evolution has brought to us....


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Perfectly Not Perfect

Trying to maintain a state of 'perfection' - as in adhering to the false religion of 'perfectionISM' - is a really good way to avoid being the real human that you are!

First of all, you wall yourself off from the uncertain - but real - emotions and thoughts that prove you are - just like all of us - fallible and prone to errors.

Second, a perfectionist - because they feel they are holding themselves to such a high standard - often thinks it is perfectly (pun intended) okay to find great offense in the behaviors of others. 'Since I hold myself to such high standards, you clearly have failed me.'

Finally, perfectionism is a form of elitism that ultimately knows no bounds. It really is just another boring color in the palette of narcissism - It both excuses and validates all manner of bad behavior, under the guise of a bizarre form of saintly righteousness.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Give and Take

Everyone you meet holds up a mirror to your true self.

If you are listening, then you will meet someone who holds both a mirror and a floodlight.

And if you are truly fortunate, your desire to listen will cause everyone you meet to turn that light on.

If you stand strong in this intention to listen deeply, your own light will shine back to them in a way that they will perceive, and that will be to their benefit, as well.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Centered

Live -
     -Right between your ears
     -Just behind your eyes
     -Always in front of the past
     -Rooted in Earth below
     -Growing towards Sky above
     -Heart at center

Monday, July 14, 2014

'Partial Freedom' Does Not Exist

We are...
     - blind until we see...
     - slaves until we're free...
     - ghosts until we learn to be...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recent Book Honors - Part II

And at the Paris Book Festival:

The Antidote to Time: Lessons from the Dream
Honorable Mention: Spiritual

An Amazingly Kind Universe
Honorable Mention: Biography/Autobiography

Recent Book Honors









My two most recent books were awarded "Finalist" status in the National Indie Excellence Awards.
The Antidote to Time: Lessons from the Dream
"New Age Non-Fiction"
"Spirituality"

An Amazingly Kind Universe
"New Non-Fiction"


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Slowly, With Great Haste!

Drop by drop, the bucket slowly fills.
Very suddenly, it is overflowing!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

An Amazingly Kind Universe

My latest book, An Amazingly Kind Universe, is now available.
This tale recounts a fun little hitchhiking journey I took in 1983.
Enjoy!

An Amazingly Kind Universe

Kindle version -

An Amazingly Kind Universe - Kindle


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Not so different from real life!

Three hermits sat at the opening to their cave, absorbed in their quiet contemplations.

One day a beautiful bird came by and sang a lovely song.

Five years passed, and then one hermit said, "Did you see that blue bird?"

Five years went by again, and the second hermit said, "It wasn't blue, it was red."

Another five years passed, and the third hermit finally said, "If there's going to be this constant bickering, then I'm moving out!"


Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Empty House

The thief enters the empty house.
Room by room, he searches.
There is nothing to gain.
There is nothing to lose.
Long after, the thief realizes:  he was not searching the house; the house was searching him.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Introducing the Farewell of Doppler Dog

This whimsical poem was written by the character of 'Sonny Man' - hitchhiker and 'professional beggar' - in Sweet Unpleasant Realities, my first book.

Doppler Dog

I am standing
Like so many times stood before this time
Standing on the shoulders of highways
Eclipsed but unchained
in motion and balance He rides the road
The honored guest of the loyal one who owns but does not enslave him
Good master Good master
A strange happy sound
A small dog will happily happy in the bright blue skyway of a midday dawn
Growing quickly
Sadder older bigger
Is he a good sized dog he is
All yellow with shadowy black around those ears
And mouth and eyes
He gladly bays not so sad at high noon setting
Gruff and old he grows no less free, though weaker he is it seems
        that
He is now all but gone
Voices shift to shake off red approaches twilight,
night already come, not concerned if he rides round and round again
or sings the last you'll hear him sing forever.
If only heard across the vacuum of distant stars' far distance,
happily happy gladly not concerned,
could there not be beings inclined to mirth who could not resist the push
      and pull
of Doppler Dog?
Ears - auroral curtains around his magnetic head...
he grins in the solar wind...

Then standing near the shoulders of hydrants,
his lot no better no easier than our own...
And who can say - what else?
After all, we had a hand in shaping his paw.
Though food for thought he can produce plenty,
Of sufficient intellect has Doppler Dog
to avoid unnecessary excess in thinking

Who will growl at his freedom?
Let that one bark at the moon.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fickle Desire

We are so consumed with getting what we want we fail to realize that the greater part of happiness involves wanting what we get!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Watching the Breath

Of the thousands of methods used in meditation, prayer and relaxation techniques, "watching the breath" is one of the most effective for dealing with 'negative' states of mind.

When using this method, there is no 'agenda' - one is merely 'being present to the present!'

A lot of problems are best handled by accepting their reality - and letting go of them.

"Breathing always helps!"

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Example and Exception: How Bigotry is Sustained

Given:

-2 groups, A and B.

-A and B are reference groups of identity.

(In Buddhism, the flaw - thinking we "exist from our own side" - occurs at this point.)

-B is bigoted against/about A.

 (In Christianity, the flaw - failing to "love our neighbor as ourself" - mostly occurs here.)

-X is viewed by B as a negative behavior.
-Y is viewed by B as a positive behavior.

When:

-a member of A does X(bad), B sees this as an example of 'all' A's.

-a member of A does Y(good), B sees this as an exception to 'all' A's.

-a member of A repeatedly does Y(good), B sees this member of A as one who has transcended 'A-ness' and learned to behave like B's, though this designation is conditional on that member of A always doing Y.

When:

-a member of B does Y(good), B sees this as a "perfect example of itself."

-a member of B does X(bad), 'all' other B's see that as an exception to B's.

-a member of B repeatedly does X(bad), 'all' other B's see that member of B as "acting like an A." They are exceptions to all B's; an example of a "bad B."

To B, the only thing worse than an A is a "bad B."

Therefore, through the flawed processes of misidentification, negative reference group behaviors, uncharitable actions and attitudes, and group social pressures - bigotry is sustained.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Perspective

Two birds waited for the sun to rise.

Said one, "Soon, I shall eat."

Said the other, "Already, I sing!"

Saturday, April 28, 2012

'Beginner's Mind' is Not Just for Beginners

In Zen Buddhism, the notion of 'beginner's mind' - a state of receptivity - has been written about extensively.

I was wondering if there was a similar teaching in the Christian tradition, and ran across this astounding statement by Jesus:

"When, therefore, a teacher of the law has become a learner in the kingdom of Heaven, he is like a householder who can produce from his store both the new and the old." (Matthew 13:52)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Reflections On Back Pain!

I managed to *wrench* my back this week -

Seems like I do this every year or two as a nice reminder of how intimately connected our bodies and minds really are!

I must say, pain has a very *focusing* and *centering* quality to it...
Fr. Thomas Keating says that when we are in great pain - or in deep emotional distress - sometimes it helps to *sink into the feeling like we were getting into a hot tub.*

The idea is that some types of suffering cannot really be *overcome* - they must simply be accepted, and that true humility is accepting reality as it is.
By giving ourselves *permission* to feel the pain, it may be possible to release at least a part of it.

We'll see!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Keep it Simple!

Bread feeds us. We are nourished and sustained.
Love is our bread.
Simplicity of the heart compels us to discover in our bread simple meanings to boundless love. Now is the time to discover our simplicity, our meaning, and our love.

excerpt from: The Antidote to Time, Lessons from the Dream.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Poor Substitutes

Words are a poor substitute for feelings;
Feelings are a poor substitute for intentions;
Intentions are a poor substitute for the actions of the Spirit.
Best to trust, and then let go.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Start Small!

Tibet's patron saint, Padmasambhava, said:

"Though my View is as spacious as the sky,
my actions and respect for cause and effect are as fine as grains of flour."

Start with the smallest details, and the big stuff will take care of itself.