Notes on a Buddhist path

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 … [Read more]

Full of grace

May 8, 2011 By | 1 Comment

I wriggled my way into this world on the Thursday before Mother's Day, 55 years ago this week. Making my entry at 12:24 p.m. and my subsequent  penchant for never missing a meal, I like to say I arrived just in time for lunch. According to the … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Good Easter

April 24, 2011 By | 5 Comments

Growing up Catholic, I always felt Good Friday was a poorly named holiday. After all, it wasn't such a good Friday for Jesus. Sitting in church from 12-3 p.m. for each of the stations of the cross was torture, and I don't mean that as a pun. It was … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Impermanence, thy name is life

April 13, 2011 By | 2 Comments

The last few days I've been zig-zagging my way along the streets of Victoria on my way to work, not wanting to miss the final boast of the cherry blossoms for the season. The early bloomers, those provocative tarts of brilliant pink were just setting … [Read more]

Homeward Found

April 7, 2011 By | 7 Comments

Synchronicity: the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner. I love synchronicity. Besides being a really cool song … [Read more]

Where, oh where, has my little home gone?

April 2, 2011 By | 6 Comments

I'm moving. I gave my requisite 30 days notice this week and I will be heading to bigger, brighter, and quieter pastures. Having lived in a lower north facing suite through this long, cold, wet winter, listening to the seismic thuddery and verbose … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Mind Scrabble: a meditator’s pinball mind

March 23, 2011 By | 1 Comment

Thoughts are a part of life. As long as we have brainwaves there will be some trajectory of stimuli bursting into our consciousness. And since meditation is part of my life, thoughts are alive and well there. Some days I can observe them and they … [Read more]

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