Not only tea divine

Not only tea divine I sip my coffee. Rain over far hills made this. Again I feel peace.

Light spray

  Deep joy from what is. Flying! Reflecting the light. I am that water.

What it takes to get unstuck

“Letting go is only possible if we can bring awareness and acceptance to the nitty-gritty of just how stuck we can get.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Put up a sign saying “wet paint” and watch what people do. Many simply have to test it. Is it some deep human need? Are we looking for trouble? Make a […]

Mom, there’s nothing on TV!

Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) recently wrote a book titled “Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life”. He collaborated with a dietician, and the book is wonderful. It includes lots of alternatives, all centering around the simple power of being mindful. Problems with overweight and obesity are often associated with excessive screen time: TV, computers, and smartphones. The book includes […]

Peace with Osama bin Laden?

To develop the drop of compassion in our own heart is the only effective spiritual response to hatred and violence. That drop of compassion will be the result of calming our anger, looking deeply at the roots of our violence, deep listening, and understanding the suffering of everyone involved in the acts of hatred and […]

Walking Meditation Lyrics

Walking Meditation Gatha The mind can go in a thousand directions. But on this lovely path, I walk in peace. With each step a gentle breeze blows. With each step a flower blooms. From Songs of Practice by the Deer Park Monastery, practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh For this New Year, this […]

Work with your day as it is (via Mindfulbalance Blog)

This passage from Ajahn Sumedho is short and to the point – start with seeing things as they are. I was speaking with a friend about this earlier tonight and was reminded of some teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. He reminds us we have so many positive conditions to consider and be grateful for and […]

For more love and connection, run from your friends and community

For more love and connection, run from your friends and community Am I suggesting you run into the wind? Is this some reverse psychology? Could I be asking for trouble? I was in a group meeting the other night – a Buddhist Sangha – and I heard again the words I’ve heard in so many other […]

Fifth Mindfulness Training: Nourishment and Healing

Fifth Mindfulness Training: Nourishment and Healing As taught by Thich Nhat Hanh Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society, by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I am committed to ingest only items that preserve peace, […]

Need to get into nature more? Or, to realize where nature is?

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Don’t go outside your house to see flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals.  That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there, you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after […]