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God Swims in Shallow Waters

To know with words may keep the truth hidden. Let go of your words. You once stretched forth your hand In the light of a nearby window And announced the presence of God. I marveled, but was unable to grasp. In this morning’s early light, I finally did, When the sun, wind, water, and earth […]

Flowers and Weeds by Getsu San Ku Shin

Flowers and Weeds by Getsu San Ku Shin

    Spring.  The word originally described the action of a watch spring, the mechanism designed to spring forth after being held back.  Eventually spring came to also describe the season that follows winter when surging energies arise out of the long stillness.  Here on the Wisconsin farm meadow where I live, one can almost […]

Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

NEW! Book Review Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng, is remarkable because the author reveals a word of warning to those of us who hide what is important to us. At the outset, Ng notifies us of the consequence of our human tendency to please, to care, to be a caretaker of other […]

The Flake of Soap

The Flake of Soap

The Flake of Soap By Fǎshī Lao Yue As I washed my hands a small leaf-shaped flake broke off from the slippery soap bar and rested in my hand. It was leaf-shaped like a laurel leaf. It lay in my palm, pale and thin. It didn’t look much like the olive green parent which was […]

Mantra #1 Letting Go

Mantra #1 Letting Go

Yoga Principle: Letting Go Do the things that you do not like to do that are good for you. Do not do the things you like to do that are not good for you.

Something Beautiful I Saw…Hope

    Something Beautiful I Saw at the Chicago Botanic Gardens Hope. by Kilikina 2016 iPad

A Bite of an Apple

A Bite of an Apple

Holy Objects Holy objects point to wholeness, not to the literal or concrete. Icons are one example of a holy object. It is not a mere symbol. A symbol suggests a contract or signa as a means of identification as in a badge. An icon is something greater. It shows a slice of something bigger. […]

Thoughts on Seeds by Chana R.

Thoughts on Seeds by Chana R.

Thoughts on Seeds. By Chana R. We planted native California wildflower seeds in the dirt patch behind our rental unit last Fall.  It was to be an El Niño year and sometimes the warmer waters of El Niño bring torrential downpours filling our aquifers ending our drought.  At least that is what we all hoped.  […]

Rejoice in Every Day

  Rejoicing in everyday things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow every day good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warriors world. Pema Chodron  

Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth In order to tell the Truth we need to know what it is. In Zen there are the facts or our views associated with the material world often known as the conventional point of view. Opinions and views are troublesome and often lead to more trouble. This precept does want us to […]

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