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...
QiGong in a Chaotic World

QiGong in a Chaotic World

For the past 3 years, I’ve been actively engaged in Manitou Center programming, centered mostly in the Dharma River Zen Community and Paul Kisho Stern’s qigong classes. All these practices have enriched my life, both body and mind. Through qigong and zazen practice,...
Doing Good for Good’s Sake

Doing Good for Good’s Sake

I think that we’re on the earth to do good – good for the largest number of entities possible. I say entities because I don’t think it should stop at just people – the entire world needs us to do good. It’s easy to do good for yourself, easy to do good for your...