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 at the Chicago Botanic Gardens Hope. by Kilikina 2016 iPad
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. 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. […]
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 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 […]
In the Zen tradition a priest sews his own robe along with what is called a zagu or bowing mat. The mat is opened and placed on the floor for the priest to bow down on. It is a cloth to remind the priest as well as others who witness the bowing of two messages: The first […]
Everyone gets disappointed. You get disappointed because you are touching the edges of reality. On the edge you see that everything you ever grasped vanishes. You don’t like it. You get frustrated. You feel thwarted. The real world gets your attention. This edgy place is the real world pulling on your sleeve. When you feel […]
Go with God Go with non-attachment, this is enough. Die in place. No status. Welcome the throng of saints. Steady as you go. Seek no glory. Remember what you know.
When we yearn for something else we are in the confines of desire. When we don’t get what we want, we suffer. We react. We feel miserable. We act against whatever we think prevents us from getting what we want. The world becomes an enemy to oppose. We have mistaken the source of our discomfort. […]