A Matter of Practice

“During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking—not only the talking outside, but the talking inside. The talking inside is the thinking, the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside. Real silence is the cessation of talking—of both the mouth and of the mind. This is not the kind of…

What to Remember When Waking

You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents. —David Whyte   What to Remember When Waking In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other, more secret, movable and frighteningly honest world where everything began,

Mindfulness Meditation

To meditate upon thoughts is simply to be aware, as thoughts arise, that the mind is thinking, without getting involved in the content. —Joseph Goldstein When you are practicing Zazen meditation do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in and let…

Dwelling in the Flow of Things

The Opening of Eyes  That day I saw beneath dark clouds the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak out, I knew then, as I had before life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read……

A Meditator’s Guidebook

”The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist. Ours only is the present’s tiny point.” —Shabistari Thoughts and dreams, fears and anxieties, all move through our minds like weather through the sky. The practice of meditation gives us some distance from our thoughts, as if we were observing clouds from…

Hokusai Says

Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing He says look forward to getting old. He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are. He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it is…

To Be Free

Every moment of mindfulness, every moment of relaxed, alert presence … every moment in which the mind is not grasping at something it thinks it needs or trying to get away from something it thinks it doesn’t want is a moment of freedom. Sometimes it’s called “presence…” When we are present, we see what needs…

Take a Breath Break

“Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home.” ~ Thich Nhat Hahn

Moving Water by Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When actions come from another section, the feeling disappears. Don’t let others lead you. They may be blind or, worse, vultures. Reach for the rope of God. And what is that? Putting aside self-will. Because of willfulness people sit…

Opening to Spaciousness

Here is a meditation exercise that helps create the internal conditions for opening to the field of possibilities in your life. To practice these positive affirmations,  go to a place where you can feel safe and won’t be interrupted by distractions. The Practice Sit in a comfortable meditative posture. Take a few letting-go breaths. Then…

Inner Peace

“We get what we cultivate in our lives. Like seeds, our thoughts take root in our experience.If we focus on failure, we fail.Even our unexpressed thoughts affect our work, our relationships, our daily lives… As we change our attitude, we change our world.” ~ Diane Dreher, The Tao of Inner Peace   Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the…

The Journey

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began,