Archive for the 'Spirit' Category

Just Breathe

Friday, June 7th, 2019

No one can find the rewind button, child. So, just breathe. Just Breathe Two AM and she calls me ’cause I’m still awake, Can you help me unravel my latest mistake, I don’t love him, winter just wasn’t my season Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes Like they have any right […]

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The Blue Hour

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Leaving Target tonight, I was entranced by the evening sky. It was a rich Indigo blue, almost verging on navy. It was the shade of the not quite ripe night sky. Usually I see light blue skies, gray skies, or vivid optimistic blue skies. And when I looked later night had fallen. Usually when I […]

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Note to Myself

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

Dear Me, I’m writing you this note so you will remember… You just had a heartening, friendly, compassionate conversation with your neighbor who happened to be outside and called your name. It was 45 minutes of reciprocal connection. Notice how buoyant you feel. Remember how vital and alive your energy is right now, how you […]

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In Relationship With the Truth

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The dharma—understanding, peering into the nature of reality—is not specific to Buddhism. The dharma is truth. And the only choice we really have is whether to try to be in relationship with the truth or to live in ignorance. There are no other choices. You have to actively engage. How did I come to be? […]

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Taking Stock

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

“Dharma practice is founded on resolve. This is not an emotional conversion, a devastating realization of the error of our ways, a desperate urge to be good, but an ongoing, heartfelt reflection on priorities, values, and purpose. We need to keep taking stock of our life in an unsentimental, uncompromising way.” — Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism […]

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Look

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

I was driving to an appointment just now, carefully navigating rush hour chaos. I happened to look at the sky and saw big puffy clouds, the sun brilliantly reflecting light and shadow. It was so sharp, so detailed, to SEE this gift of beauty in the middle of an ordinary moment. I felt small and […]

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Beauty

Friday, May 17th, 2019

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” –Robert A. Heinlein

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A Living Continuation

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

“The day my mother died I wrote in my journal, “A serious misfortune of my life has arrived.” I suffered for more than one year after the passing away of my mother. But one night, in the highlands of Vietnam, I was sleeping in the hut in my hermitage. I dreamed of my mother. I […]

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We Are Not the Designers

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

“But we do neither: we never fail, and we never succeed. We are not the designers of our lives. Life is the designer of us. Life is vast and grand, intelligent, clever, and completely unknowable. It always has the last word. It is the last word. Life interrupts us when we are at our most […]

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Gratitude

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Despite the fatigue and pain in my body, despite the washing machine and the dishwasher being broken, despite the state of our country and the earth, I felt flooded with gratitude this morning as I took Claire to art camp for the day. I’m grateful for: coffee, brewed strong and black friends with kids who […]

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