Notes on a Buddhist path

The Crack in Everything

September 16, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

Washing dishes in the warm ease of a recent morning, something shifted in me. As I rinsed a glass and placed it on my dish rack a beam of sunlight bounced through the tumbler and changed my life forever.

A Good Day

June 10, 2012 By | 1 Comment

As often happens on my Sunday writing day, I sit down at my computer and have no idea what I am going to scribe. Somehow, so far, grace and my muse have always found me.

Is there any I out there?

May 20, 2012 By | 4 Comments

As a writer my I is fixated on birthing pithy lines of prose and then killing all my little darlings, watching words emerge as perfect butterflies from ethereal cocoons only to pluck the wings from their temporal bodies in search of deeper meanings.

Filled with empty

April 23, 2012 By | 3 Comments

Surrendering into the spaciousness of life is like moving into a new home. What we loved most about it when we first walked through the door was its glorious emptiness.

Wings and a prayer

February 28, 2012 By | 1 Comment

Prayer is a funny thing. People usually come to it when things aren’t going well. More precisely when things are heading to hell in a runaway handbasket.

No more, please

December 13, 2011 By | 5 Comments

My wise friend, David, asked me not too long ago what would I rather have: all my desires fulfilled or all of them removed?

All the things I am happy without

September 18, 2011 By | 2 Comments

Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.” ~ Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry Last month I went to my first auction. The first […]

The Non Meaning of Life

August 13, 2011 By | 9 Comments

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” ~ Eric Hoffer The other day I was savoring with a bit of pride the scenery of my present life. I felt a surprising contentment after the brass ring I thought I needed fell from my grasp last week. The bucolic vision was […]

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 fits of a toddler, the mournful barking and howling of an ample […]

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 […]

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