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.

The Cello and The Buddha

May 24, 2012 By | Leave a Comment

What a dull world it would be to know everything. Nothing new to explore, to discover, to turn up or turn over. I can’t imagine life without learning, without wanting to investigate this existence more and more.

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.

Love the one you’re with

February 13, 2012 By | 9 Comments

I sank into the massage table, every cell of me ready to be pummeled and coaxed into relaxation. Since this was my first visit to Russell I made sure to tell him I like a very deep massage. Placing his hands on my back, he said he knew why I liked it rough: my body felt like petrified wood.

Oh, that can’t be good.

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! […]

Sitting on the ledge of morning

December 18, 2011 By | 2 Comments

When the cloak of night is barely pulling away from the body of the day, that is the time I most want to write. Living a Monday through Friday life that so many of us do in this modern world, I find it hard to carve out the time for me and what gives my […]

S’Wonderful…Life As a Human

November 16, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

One of my favourite online magazines is Life As a Human. Now I have the honour of being one of their guest authors. Yippee! Here’s a snippet: “The first time I saw this film my mouth dropped and I was gobsmacked. The sensation I felt as I watched the diving, swirling dance playing out before […]

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.

The Schmo and the Monk

August 21, 2011 By | Leave a Comment

Last week I wrote about the meaning, or more accurately, the non meaning of life. Since then I have been doing a bit of pondering about that concept and struggling with the definition of a meaningful existence. Writing about non meaning and living it are two ends of a very thorny spectrum. I can intellectualize […]

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 […]

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