What You Seek Is Within

“We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time it will make itself known to us.” —Thomas Merton All that you seek is already within you. In Hinduism it is called the Atman; in Buddhism, the pure Buddha-mind. Christ said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.”…

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,

Journey of Awakening

Perhaps at some time you have sat quietly by the side of an ocean or river. At first there is one big rush of sound. Listening quietly, you begin to hear a multitude of subtle sounds: the waves hitting the shore, the rushing current of the river. In that peacefulness and silence of mind you…

Breathless Unity

“Stop thinking that meditation is anything special.” As children, the play of the sun on rippling water brought us before God’s throne. Did you ever see an infant gaze at a lightbulb or the moon? Spiritual techniques are discovered naturally by infants and little children: holding their breath, staring unblinking, standing on their heads, imitating…

Mindfulness in Daily Life

“The final step in integrating meditation into your awareness is to use the stuff of daily life as part of meditation. There are ways of perceiving the world and the way you live in it such that each experience brings you more deeply into the meditative space.” –Ram Dass To increase your open and joyful…

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