If you can just appreciate each thing, one by one, then you will have pure gratitude - Suzuki Roshi -

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What is this aging?

What is this aging
that hides and scares me at night?
My children delight me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October so crisp

October so crisp -
her days friend-warm, nights firm-chilled;
like any good friend.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Celebrate inconsistency

There is no perfection other than the way things are now. Consistency is a concept that warps reality and a practice that makes us into liars.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Autumn once more

Earth she knows no stress;
Why worry about worrying,
All things being equal?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back from Hibernation

Summer's almost over. I'm coming out of blog hibernation. Watch out.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fear and the Future

I'm at our headquarters in Maryland participating in high-level planning for our organization. We are creating our next five year strategic plan.

Here's what I notice: Fear has us focus on deficiencies. I'm talking about very subltle, sometimes insidious fear. Like with personal growth I believe that only practices will more fully uncover negative emotions and thoughts that limit us. In this case, the practice is to focus on assets and strengths and to plan from that place. If we pay attention then this practice will uncover our fears.

The great thing about uncovering our fears is that we can then be with them, say hello, and, perhaps, say goodbye; we will actually be more aware of them but we no longer will be working based upon them.

I'm excited about our work today.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

My Fault

My fault is that I run away. I've done it for so long that I believe it find pleasure in doing so.

The dharma teaches me that doing so brings suffering. My commitment is to follow the dharma in this matter.

When I am pumped about being with this reality I yell, "Bring it on". When I find no motivation to be with this reality I seek my commitment to the dharma, to the option for not suffering, and to my love for this world.