Tag Archives: Zen

The book that wasn’t, a journey of rejection

Back in 2011 I wrote a manuscript (I guess it’s not a book until it is published) which blended a Christian text with Buddhist and Zen concepts. I described it as “using the Book of Saint James as a writing prompt, … Continue reading

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Living life at your own pace

I was listening to a mental health professional in Sunday school who was talking about her work with the homeless. She made the comment that in her 20 years of work she had found that the best results she had … Continue reading

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Building sandcastles

“Like a sandcastle, all is temporary. Build it, tend it, enjoy it. And when the time comes, let it go.” – Jack Kornfield In 1807, in a small farming community in Anson County, North Carolina a girl was born that would … Continue reading

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Finding our rhythm to dance too

“I’m trying to find a new rhythm in my life” – Fabian Cancellara Cycling, like any competitive sport, requires discipline and a plan. As a recreational cyclist, it is easy for me to look on, with envy, at that those men and women … Continue reading

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Searching for our field of peace

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” – Jalaluddin Rumi When I can’t sleep at night, when my mind is … Continue reading

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A Poem: The Pattern

I find myself in the same steps, simply a different day and time Only the temperature fluctuates as does the sunlight and the night I expect change, a new beginning with a different conclusion But the drab meets the monotonous, … Continue reading

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A Poem: The Road Beyond

Here is where I start, where my feet touch the earth A distances unmeasured that disappears in the curves of life The horizon beckons, tempting me to continue, to journey on But I stop here to rest, to catch my breath, and review the perils … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Thich Nhat Hanh

The Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh turned 90 years old yesterday. Words can’t even describe what this man’s books, thoughts, and actions have meant to me. To celebrate his birthday I thought I would share some of … Continue reading

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The forgotten wisdom of John Burroughs

“The universe is so unhuman, that is, it goes its way with so little thought of man. He is but an incident, not an end. We must adjust our notions to the discovery that things are not shaped to him, … Continue reading

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Reducing life to its lowest terms

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that … Continue reading

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