Notes on a Buddhist path

Belonging

September 2, 2013 By | 6 Comments

Last week our dog Buster died. I thought back to when he first came to live with us and the word “belonging” seemed to fit his place in our life. A ragged ache slipped from Buster’s wet coat the night he stepped through our front door and soon after that we wrapped him in a new blanket of belonging, him to us and perhaps, even more so, us to him.

Suffering: The Sequel

February 17, 2013 By | 5 Comments

This week I sat with death and endings. In my meditations I watched each inhale as if it were my last; each exhale the final one I would taste in this life.

If…

December 9, 2012 By | 6 Comments

If is a funny little word. It’s not much in size, yet it can conjure up fantastic future schemes and lay waste to our precious reflections on the past.

An empty chair

November 25, 2012 By | 5 Comments

This grief feels thicker somehow. There’s no one here but me, rattling about and stepping over shadows of invisible cats, rewriting the script of my daily life.

Goodbye, my friend

November 20, 2012 By | 9 Comments

Love and marriage herded the direction of my life towards a preponderance of animal companions. Over the years life and time had their way with us all.

Shame (and Pride) On Me

September 9, 2012 By | 4 Comments

Almost immediately I slipped into shame over what I had said. What would my friend think of me now that those words had escaped into the bright light of truth?

Homage to a Noble Cat

August 21, 2012 By | 16 Comments

Yesterday evening as the sun was tipping its brilliant countenance towards the horizon, my dear cat, Clause, died in the warm embrace of my bedroom in the care of someone who was not me.

Death is a Pisces

June 17, 2012 By | 8 Comments

I think about death. Not a lot, but enough to know how it takes its coffee (dark roast, black) and that it’s a Pisces.

End of Days

August 24, 2011 By | 6 Comments

My first shift as a bonafide hospice volunteer without the training wheels of the classroom and my mentor by my side was last Saturday. It was also the anniversary of my mother’s death, the first death I ever witnessed. I have welcomed the others that have followed. That may seem strange to some, but the […]

To begin the between

April 29, 2011 By | 4 Comments

It’s moving day! My bags are packed, I’m ready to go. Tomorrow morning I’ll be picking up my U-Haul truck and with the help of three stalwart friends, the cats and I will be heading to new digs. Besides being the first time I’ve actually been completely packed the night before a move, this has […]

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