Standing the in the Dark, Giggling

Standing the in the Dark, Giggling

But when we find our entryway into the present moment, it is so strange.  It is the opposite everything we’ve ever done.  It’s like we’ve never really touched the ground and we finally do.  And it supports us and melts through us like warm honey.  It’s like all of our cells synchronize.  And we see how huge it is, this present moment.  Bigger than anything we could have ever imagined.  No thoughts can touch it.  Our questions vanish.  No ideas can describe it.  Millions and millions of miles high, autumn blue sky! 

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Spiritual Pirates

Spiritual Pirates

There seems to be a feeling among some practitioners who have never lived in a monastery or zen center, that it is some kind of cloistered, strange place, where socially awkward people go to be alone and get away from society.  That society is one thing and the temple is separate.  I thought this as well before I met a couple of folks who had lived in the Monastery I lived in in Japan.

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Intuition is Becoming What is Happening

Intuition is Becoming What is Happening

When we learn to become what is happening, right now, instead of reality being something over there, and us trying to interpret it from a distance, we feel reality as our consciousness.  So, we see the flower, we become the flower, and we feel that the flower is ourselves.  Or we are walking along the shore, and we hear an eagle cry, and the cry is not far away, but is inside of our bodies.

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Engaging with Our Own Process: Finding Our True Home

Engaging with Our Own Process: Finding Our True Home

Each of us has our own personal unique way of practicing and engaging in our internal process.  We all have our own style of discovering our entryway into truly experiencing reality.  In this blog post I am attempting to shed light and give permission to anyone feeling a bit lost in his/her internal world.  It is for the overly busy mom who can’t seem to slow down.  Or the young person full of energy in the middle of a volatile energetic transformation.  Or the dad trying to figure out how to begin a much needed meditation practice. To empower all of us to keep deeply investigating.  And to find a true joy in oneness.

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Everything is Relating

Everything is Relating

What does it mean to relate?  When we are with someone, what is actually going on?  How can we really connect?  What does this look like, feel?  Why is it that we feel good with some people and bad with others?  Why do we feel awful in certain situations?  Other times we feel liberated?  What is true intimacy?  Not necessarily sexual intimacy, but to be truly close with someone or some thing, on a cellular level? To find a language, to thread the needle, to read the grid, to truly connect?  And how can we live this way all the time and make it our own?  In our own creative constant discovery?

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Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

So, just simply, does this traffic jam of electricity and emotion have a direction it is trying to go?  If we take a look at it, is it trying to do something that we are missing?  Maybe it is so intense or so unconscious for us that we can’t even let go of it enough to see what it is trying to do.  But if we can get really curious about it, with all of its power and confusion, if we can try to honestly face what is happening, we might find that if we take our foot off of the accelerator a bit trying to get rid of it, it might begin to reveal a way to sort itself out.  It might have a direction.

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Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

I pray that all of the Zen folks will find a beautiful way to express themselves as they integrate their Zen artless art into everyday life.  Bob Dylan learned from those old master folk singers, and then he took it and created something beautiful and relevant for his generation and today.  Let us use this beautiful practice to find our expression, marrying the grit of the West with the sublime essence of Zen.  And we’ll create a new culture to heal and save all beings.

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The Second Breath

The Second Breath

We all have our normal breath.  We walk around and there it is, anxious or relaxed, deep or shallow.  In and out.  I am trying to communicate about something like a second breath.  The process of allowing reality to come to us is like having a second breath.  This second breath, this light,  creates our form in space.  Our body.  The more we align with it, the more we meld with the universe.  It is there, filling us up.  It is there all the time, without fail.  It is not a technique.  I found this, and it has never left me.

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A Great Love Affair Just Standing Around

A Great Love Affair Just Standing Around

I first discovered this practice one night in college in Missoula, Montana.  Aside from climbing rock and mountains, I was attempting to live a life which would overflow into the next On the Road.  We were having a great time pushing ourselves in the outdoors and bars and streets of that beautiful rugged irreverently reverent Montana energy, and being really full of ourselves! 

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Tips for wild energy

Tips for wild energy

I have been in lots of workshops lately involving energy work, and in every workshop there are a couple of people going through some intense energetic issues. There are many forms that these issues take.  From shaking, to headaches, ears ringing, incredible anxiousness, or spontaneous uncontrollable movements.  I usually try to assure them that things can get better, and that these experiences are usually completely normal.  As a side note, I have experienced all of the above sensations in my process.  Many people in these workshops are there to learn a healing modality which will help them work through their stuff.  And to hang out with people who are similarly tuned into energy.  And these people often become exceptional healers themselves.  Very gift

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Breaking Through: Sublime and Natural

Breaking Through: Sublime and Natural

Lately, quite a few zen practitioners have asked me about breakthrough.  Is it real?  Is it possible? Does anyone really break through?  What does it mean?  I am writing this post to inspire those who have heard about breakthrough and find it mysterious and seemingly impossible.  I am here to put my two cents in.  To state that it is possible. It happens.  I went through it, and If I could do it, then anyone with enough drive and honesty can do it too.

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