Notes on a Buddhist path

Maybe…

September 2, 2011 By | 1 Comment

At last weekend’s meditation retreat with Ven. Bhikkhu Sona he told us about a nun in residence at Birken Forest Monastery. Her name is Sister Mon, but he calls Sister Maybe. If Ajahn Sona says “See you tomorrow” or “Have a good day” Sister Mon’s reply is always “Maybe.” Impermanence, or anicca, along with dukkha […]

I’m here now…you?

May 20, 2011 By | 6 Comments

Lately I’ve been finding myself slipping into a wistful melancholy aching for my days of partial employment when the most pressing part of my day was my bum on the yoga mat. Yes, yes, I know I was sans money in those long ago days (hmm, could it be just a couple of months have […]

Button, button, who’s pushing my button?

May 14, 2011 By | 2 Comments

Last night at my hospice volunteer training we talked about triggers. Triggers in respect to our interactions with hospice patients and their families. Triggers as in the daughter waiting in the lounge who tells you all about her good-for-nothing brother who hasn’t held a job for more than a month his entire life yet who […]

Yes! Yes! Yes!

April 17, 2011 By | 5 Comments

This morning I didn’t feel the “yes”. What I did feel were the effects of eating and imbibing a bit too much at a friend’s house last night. The past week of getting up at 4:30 a.m. to allow time for my morning routine and get to my new part-time job by 8 a.m. had […]

Grief: releasing what is already gone

March 28, 2011 By | 5 Comments

“Write grief”, the angel said. It’s day 12 of my 14 day cleanse. Every spring and fall for the past five years or so I cut out caffeine, sugar, dairy, salt, alcohol, most grains, meat, fish, fermented foods and fruit to get a fresh start and clean out the old body gunk. The detox reactions […]

Surrender

March 18, 2011 By | 6 Comments

The Wicked Witch of the West was so adamant in her demand that Dorothy surrender she wrote it in the sky for everyone in Oz to see. Sometimes I think I need that kind of public admonition to really get the two-by-four messages banging me between my eyebrows. For well on a month or so […]

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