How do we maintain zen mind, beginner mind in our spiritual journey? We always have something to learn even if it means making mistakes or misjudgments. With beginner’s mind, faith and failure are integral. We cannot learn if we feel we already know. We do not expand without putting questions before us and contemplating them. In the Zen tradition, zen mind, beginner mind is a state of reception and openness. It is a willingness to learn and the courage to take risks. These risks take the form of actions and importantly they take the form of vulnerability. We can approach … [read more]
Egypt is calling and has been calling me my entire life. The hilarious thing is Egypt has literally been calling me on my cell phone. It is most assuredly a spam call, but when I see the word Egypt under the number, I smile, and take it as confirmation that everything is on target and in perfect timing. My first visit to Egypt happened in my late twenties when my sister and I decided to go on an adventure. We read books on Egyptian Magic, hieroglyphics, and general history in order to enrich our three week experience. Though we would … [read more]
Sometimes life’s common occurrences knock you right back into knowing there is always work to do.
The last two mornings have been too powerful to not write about. This is about my dreams and the shape shifting experience. There has been a lot of news about the orcas: the dead baby being carried for over two weeks; the plight of the J-Pod; and the sickness and probable death of J-50. We in our group have had sightings of whales on multiple ferry crossings to San Juan Island, retreat home of The Awareness School. The energy of the orcas is pervasive in the San Juan Islands in general. When all of these things came together in my … [read more]
We have everything to gain from our inner work and it also serves a greater purpose. This may give some of us hope and meaning where there wasn’t any. We know things are off. Things feel frenetic and chaotic in the collective. We all share this but there are few who are willing to admit it. We see rampant war, greed, and soaring anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and opioid use. Seventy percent of the US population is on some kind of prescription drug. We are numbed out, doped out, or pepped up so that we can no longer feel. I welcome any … [read more]
Love Is…. Do you remember those quotes from long ago? I used to take them so seriously. In fact, I made a huge five foot by three foot wall hanging for my Mom in girl scouts one year that had the simple saying “ Love, so amazing, so divine demands my all”. All my siblings would snicker at the thing, but I took the words to heart. I sincerely believed in love and desperately needed it to be real because secretly I felt like everyone was disconnected, self absorbed and mean to each other. That environment probably made me … [read more]