The New Light Reveals What is Needed

The New Light Reveals What is Needed

This is such a strange and unforgettable time to be alive.  It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that less than 2 months ago (and less for many of us) our daily lives had a sense of (what seemed to be) normalcy. We could (pretty much) plan to go to sleep at...
Sewing To Save The World

Sewing To Save The World

By: Anna NacherProfessor of Jagiellonian University, Krakow, PolandFulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Winona State University, Winona, MN   The famous phrase by Dogen Zenji, and one that is featured on the Zen Garland website says: “To know yourself is to forget...
Experiencing Breath. Experiencing Gratitude.

Experiencing Breath. Experiencing Gratitude.

I’m sitting next to the fire as I write, taking time to warm up next to a place I love to be this time of year.  Warmth; something I appreciate feeling, both physically and emotionally. As I sit here, I am feeling grateful about my morning.   I have the honor of...
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? Have you ever been on a road trip with a young person riding in the backseat asking, every few miles, “Are we there yet?” Have you ever been that young person?  I have. My father’s answer was always, five more minutes. As I got older, I knew he was...
Repairing the Soul, Repairing the World

Repairing the Soul, Repairing the World

​We all do terrible things to each other… by intent, by neglect, and by ignorance. Up until recently I would have said that mostly this happens unintentionally. These days though, I think cruelty, rudeness, and contempt, in the name of “being real” is celebrated. What...
The Earth Had Other Plans

The Earth Had Other Plans

Today I planned to go to town, to sit in meditation with the Zen Garland Dharma River community. But the earth had other plans. As prepared to leave home, I felt a heavy mist coming down. In the darkness of early morning, lightning in the distance told me storms were...