Petrified Wood and Sage Wisdom

Nov 12, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Petrified Wood and Sage Wisdom

As the sun angles steepen in late fall, colors of nature seems more vibrant. Junipers exhibit bark that appears redder than usual, a stark contrast to the gray-green field of rabbit brush and sage. Rock hunting becomes a bit easier as the varied colors of jasper and agate really ‘pop’. On this trip, however, theRead more …

Courage and Compassion

Nov 11, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Courage and Compassion

Entering a room, I scan for safety. Who do I know? Is there a defensible position, ie. a corner where I can control my space. Where’s the bathroom? Where are the exits? In times past, I would repeat this ritual whenever I walked into an unfamiliar place. Now it is different but I still feelRead more …

Lost and Found

Nov 5, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lost and Found

When meditation practice ripens and our attachment to the ego-self begins to erode, we wonder what its all about. All the meaning we have assigned to the appearance of external objects and how we view ourselves seems arbitrary and fleeting. This awareness is quite beautiful but sometimes unsettling. We may experience a feeling of beingRead more …

No One Prays

Nov 5, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on No One Prays

As I mentioned previously, my mother sleeps most of the time now and is in hospice care. Sometimes she goes so deep into the bardo of sleep, I cannot rouse her. Today I visit with my guitar in hand and notice she is in one of those remote places. When mom was more responsive to herRead more …

Noticing

Oct 28, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Noticing

As I sit to quiet my mind, I watch thoughts form in my stream of awareness. I notice various textures and colors. One thought may have a charge of aggressive red energy and another may evoke a cool blue calmness. Thoughts flow unabated until I see a momentary space form between them. It is likeRead more …