Notes on a Buddhist path

The Sweet Spot

August 12, 2012 By | 6 Comments

I was looking forward to a blissful 48 hours of no plans. It turned out life had other ideas. A worker bee heaviness began to coat my weekend wings.

Trees in Platinum Settings

July 8, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

When I lived on a small island in British Columbia, I was surrounded by trees. The trouble with me was not that I didn’t see the forest for the trees. I was lost in not seeing the trees at all.

Blind ambition

May 5, 2012 By | 4 Comments

I’ve been awash in the words of Annie Dillard these past weeks. Reading “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” and “The Writing Life” have been epiphanies and deep hard lessons in the way of words.

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.

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.

Leonard Cohen, may I have this dance?

January 29, 2012 By | 13 Comments

The other day I realized I may never have sex again. Or learn to play the cello. Or ride the Orient Express. When you reach my stage in life a lot of the things you thought would have happened by now haven’t and things you thought would never end now have a looming expiration date.

Would Buddha tweet?

November 21, 2011 By | 2 Comments

I blog therefore I am. It is no longer enough just to think to establish one’s presence on the planet. Now you need a web address.

Get to the cookie

October 17, 2011 By | 4 Comments

Every spring and fall I embark on a cleanse. The list of what I can eat is decidedly shorter than what I deny myself for two, three, four weeks or more. No coffee, caffeine, sugar, salt, flour, dairy, fermented foods, soy, alcohol, exotic fruit, limited whole grains and legumes and no meat, except a little bit of chicken and fish a couple of times a week. Or more succinctly, as one of my friends put it, no fun.

Wild things…you make my heart sing

September 6, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

I met my friend Rachelle for tea on this Labour Day. With passion and verve she told me about her experience in David Abram‘s recent program at Hollyhock. Abram is a holder of stories and magic and the urgent message for all of us to connect with nature in ways that are new and yet […]

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