Clinging to the Rock or Swimming?

Unlike those who shy away from speaking of religion and spirituality — life and death —  my brother and I spent many hours discussing those topics.  After he lived in the forest for nearly a year with me, he returned to his home and sent me a postcard. But I’ll tell you what hermits realize.…

Finding My Path

Though I was raised to be a Christian, my understanding of God/Nature/Universe and how to live my life does not come from the Bible. When I reached the point in my life where I recognized I had no control over anything or anyone but myself, I came to understand that the God of my understanding…

Spring is Cherry Blossom Time

The cherry blossom season from March to mid-April is a relatively short and brilliantly beautiful beginning of  spring.  Cherry blossoms are the quintessential expression of Mono no aware. It’s the Japanese aesthetic concept that highlights awareness of the inherent transience and impermanence of all things.  The custom of hanami dates back many centuries in Japan:…

Live in Joy, Peace and Love

Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections…

Constantly becoming me

I love the summer months.  It’s been wonderful to relax on the beach and enjoy some summertime easy living with friends. All the water, warmth, wet hair, sand and the splashing and laughing has lifted my spirits.  I’m intending to extend the sunshine attitude I have now into the autumn. Sea-change or seachange is a…

A Bleak February

Skeletal trees silhouetted against a gray sky scratch the windows as the wind shrills.  The grass and ground below are so saturated that the squelching sound is audible when trod upon.  Dripping downspouts and pervasive dampness that chills the flesh and settles in the bones;  a denial of the onset of spring. My depressed state…

Alan Watts – Death

  Alan Watts had profound insights into the nature of life and existence that have affected millions of people. “My point was, and has continued to be, that the Big Realization. . . is not a future attainment but a present fact, that this now-moment is eternity and that one must see it now or…

Embrace Reality

When you deny the reality of life, you appreciate it less. Meditate on the Buddha’s Five Remembrances and rediscover the magic of life just as it is. I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old. I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no…