Notes on a Buddhist path

The unbelievable lightness of being

March 25, 2012 By | 12 Comments

For months I had been in a state of dis-ease with my Buddhist practice, wondering where my beliefs fit into my life and what I held as dear.

Will that be one egg or two?

January 15, 2012 By | 4 Comments

My mother always used to say “to make an omelette, you gotta break a few eggs.” Or maybe that was Julia Child. In any case I got the message early on that sometimes things have to get messy before the good part shows up.

Body and Soul

December 30, 2011 By | 2 Comments

A day before the end of the year and I wonder how many of us are making our lists of intentions for the coming 366 days (it is leap year you know). I’ve never been much for resolutions; even the word feels heavy and just rarin’ to pick a fight. Resolve. Resolute. Viva la resolution! […]

Coasting towards Samadhi

August 30, 2011 By | 6 Comments

I was this close to nibbana. Really, I was. This past weekend I had the blissed out experience of being on retreat. I sat and walked and ate with mindful awareness on my breath and the arisings and fallings within me. Ven. Bhikkhu Sona, the abbott of Birken Forest Monastery near Kamloops, BC, came down […]

Perfect present

July 24, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

What a present today has been. Both a gift and full of nowness. Long, leisurely sleep. A full fledged yoga workout.  Centred and peaceful meditation. Wonderful deep phone conversations with far away friends. Eating delicious food to the point of satisfaction but not overindulging. All enjoyed without leaving my sweet apartment. Sheer bliss. And then […]

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 […]

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 drift away like so much dandelion fluff. Other days they […]

Ode to Japan

March 20, 2011 By | 8 Comments

Yesterday I prayed for Japan. Actually I’ve been praying for that island from my island for over a week now. What made yesterday special was that I was with about a half dozen other people praying and meditating in the same purpose. It was late afternoon, well into the 24 hour prayer vigil organized in […]

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 […]

The Flow

March 16, 2011 By | 13 Comments

My friend David asked me for the second, perhaps third time, to start writing a blog again. It’s been well on over a year since I last posted anything and I suppose I didn’t see the point in adding yet another virtual wall for the scribbles and stirrings and wanderings of an aging woman’s brain. […]

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