Giving What We Want

Jan 12, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Giving What We Want

One of my spiritual mentors noticed how many people struggle with finding harmony in relationships. He said, “You will never find harmony until you are able to give what you want.” This is one of those pithy little guidances that stick with you. Over the years I have noticed the importance of giving what weRead more …

Flip Flop Phone

Jan 8, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Flip Flop Phone

As I mentioned when my mother was in the last stages of dying, I gave in and purchased a smart phone to enable better communication with hospice, medical staff, and other caregivers. I used the phone during this time and it worked—but I did not find it much more helpful than my old flip phone.Read more …

Open to Suggestions

Jan 4, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open to Suggestions

I am wandering through a large mansion with many rooms. Every nook and cranny is filled with stuff—books, nicknacks, old mantle clocks, toys in working order and disrepair, and people. Each person I encounter seems to be dealing with some sort of mental affliction. A man wearing a sad expression stands in one corner twitchingRead more …

Keep It Simple

Dec 28, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep It Simple

I had a dream the other night in which one of my Buddhist spiritual teachers came to town but I did not know it. He showed up at the Dharma Center after one of our events and we had a conversation about spiritual practice (sadhana). I suggested the elaborate forms of practice in our traditionRead more …

Orphaned

Dec 25, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Orphaned

On this Christmas Day I ponder past celebrations with family. My most settled and memorable Christmases were during the late 50’s and early 60’s. I was still feeling Santa as a palpable energy and could not wait to get up early to see if the “jolly old elf” munched the cookies and milk we placedRead more …