Joy and Appreciation

Nov 20, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Joy and Appreciation

Joy and appreciation. My root teacher used these two words many, many times. The qualities of joy and appreciation help us overcome nearly all the challenges of living a compassionate life. When all else fails we can simply smile with appreciation that we are breathing, our heart is beating, and we are surrounded by aRead more …

City Canyons

Nov 15, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on City Canyons

Walking through the high rise canyons of Portland, I am filled with awe and sadness. Humans have such a capacity to create beautiful tall buildings that house huge numbers of businesses and people. These structures create their own environment affecting winds and sunshine. They change the face of nature to such an extent the originalRead more …

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 …