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Anicca (written 2020)

15/04/2020 16:21
All things are impermanent. All things are uncertain. That is the straightforward teaching of anicca. It's touching us now as the world seems to be on pause, creating a space for many of us to consider where to from here. To ask, is what I'm doing right now bringing me closer to my...

Inner Silence (written 2020)

08/01/2020 09:53
In the new “way it is” of my personal world, my life has many aspects of retreat. I spend much of my time in solitude, except for my dear dog. And sometimes there are stretches of several days in which I do not talk in person to others, maybe even days when voices do not enter my life except via...

Marsh Mellow (written 2019)

14/10/2019 14:17
  On fall retreat at Birken Forest Monastery, my morning walk to the marsh after early sit and chores becomes a ritual, preparation for the longer morning session of meditation to come.   After light snow the first night, I walk to the marsh on crunchy trails, weaving around and ducking...

Gravity and Grace (written 2019)

25/09/2019 12:21
My ongoing practice includes daily meditation, mindfulness, and study, both reading and listening. And over the years I've stopped being surprised when themes emerge and converge for stretches of time. It seems that a particular message falls into my hands and comes to my ears from many sources at...

Nobody Loves Me (written 2019)

10/09/2019 13:43
In a blue mood one morning, I found myself picking up my cell phone where it lay on the kitchen table. No notifications, except the automatic one that reminds me to drink water hourly. In that nano-second I distinctly heard the voice of a childhood tune begin in my head: “Nobody loves me...” (The...

Helplessness (written 2019)

05/08/2019 09:18
This is anger, I think, when an injustice slams unexpectedly into my life. But when I explore, look into my body, the label changes. No, this is helplessness. This has happened for me often. Often enough that now I regard all “anger” as a consequence of helplessness. Something occurs which reminds...

Crystal Clear (written 2019)

23/06/2019 18:43
I am thinking about identity. The who-I-am-ness that moves us to action, that prevents other actions, that is the drink in the glass that the straw of action and speech draws on. What if the glass were empty? The straw would fill with air, the very air it would draw on were there no glass at all....

Body Talk (written 2019)

24/05/2019 15:29
I've likely referred to this piece of wisdom before. I know it comes to mind often. Have it under a magnet on my fridge: Expectations are premeditated resentment. This is a gem that turned in the mind reveals more depth than at first imagined. Lately I've been thinking that expectations are sneaky...

Returning (written 2019)

16/05/2019 13:52
The room isn't very large. It's a classroom in a small college, and its usual purpose is revealed in the whiteboards, chalk boards and pull down film screen. A number of chairs have been moved out into the hallway and a few to the back of the room to form a couple of closely placed rows. In the...

Stuff and Nonsense (written 2019)

01/05/2019 11:14
At least once a week now I take a Jeep load of “stuff” to the Thrift shop drop off location. I put an empty box in a corner of my bedroom and through the days, I sort. Some to that box directly, some to piles in the living room or hallway, or even my husband's former office. These piles are...
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