Archive for the 'Zen' Category

KURT VONNEGUT ON REVENGE…

April 21st, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut said: In our personal lives, our inner lives, at least, we can learn to live without the sick excitement, without the kick of having scores to settle with this particular person, or that bunch of people, or that particular institution or race or nation. And we can then reasonably ask forgiveness for our […]

I’M BACK…

April 1st, 2014

This post is pinned to the top as a greeting to those who might have missed me while I went thinking. You’ll find new posts every hour, on the hour, this morning. Enjoy. My typing stand built with the help of Buster (lower right) and Max (roll over). While the feckin’ snow kept me from […]

GONE THINKING…

March 21st, 2014

For the next 10 days, Friday, 21 March through Monday, 31 March, I am on Spring Break and will be taking an Electronic Fast. I’ll be reachable by phone and I’ll check emails once a day for emergencies, but don’t expect any new posts here until April. Enjoy.

WE CHOOSE WHAT TO INVITE INTO OUR LIFE…

March 8th, 2014

The third aspect of Right Diligence is to invite the beneficial seeds to come up. p. 93 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

REPLACE THE BAD WITH THE BENEFICIAL…

February 18th, 2014

Do something to help it go back—not suppressing it, but helping it to go back. One way is to invite a beneficial seed to come up and replace it. p. 93 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

YOU CANNOT FILL THAT WHICH IS FULL…

February 16th, 2014

The suffering that the Buddha talked about [in the First Noble Truth: to live as a human being is to experience suffering], however, is an experience that is often much more subtle than outright pain. it is a feeling of dissatisfaction, a persistent feeling that things are not as they should be. It is an […]

FIVE HOURS A NIGHT, JUST PLAIN GONE…

February 15th, 2014

Hey Gavin, I’ve been working boring jobs and playing video games my entire life. I’ve been toying around with the idea of being a musician since high school, but never had the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and actually try my hand at creating music professionally. Then I ran into Zen Pencils. […]

PUTTING DOWN OUR BAD SEEDS…

February 7th, 2014

The second aspect of practice is that if by chance the seed of anger, despair, jealousy, suffering or trauma has already manifested as a mental formation, we do something in order to help it go back down to sleep again as a seed in store consciousness. p. 92 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by […]

PLANTING WEEDS IS A BAD IDEA…

February 1st, 2014

The first step of Right Diligence is to be attentive and skillful enough not to allow unbeneficial seeds to manifest. p. 92 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

FREEDOM IS JUST ANOTHER WORD…

January 31st, 2014

From The Best of 2013…

GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM

January 24th, 2014

And a nod to David Bowie… From The Best of 2013…

WE ARE WHAT WE PAY ATTENTION TO…

January 22nd, 2014

Consuming in mindfulness is also Right Action. p. 89 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

MOM WAS RIGHT, SAY SOMETHING NICE OR…

January 16th, 2014

Speaking can also change the world. If we’re capable of saying or writing something, in line with compassion, understanding, nondiscrimination and inclusiveness, we feel wonderful in our body and in our mind. That kind of speech will have a healing effect. After you’ve been able to say something kind, forgiving and compassionate, you feel much […]

THE TINY MOMENT CAN BE EXCRUCIATING…

January 11th, 2014

We need to insert a tiny moment of reflection before we bite into a hot slice of pizza or the gooey chocolate brownie. This sounds easy, but it can be an interesting challenge. p. 19 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

MAYBE KARMA ISN’T WHAT YOU THOUGHT…

January 10th, 2014

The Sanskrit word karma means action. p. 86 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook.

INSTEAD OF RUNNING FROM THE OTHERS…

January 3rd, 2014

From The Best of 2013…

GENIUS IS DOING THE WORK… NOW…!

December 17th, 2013

TURN UP THE HEAT…?

December 17th, 2013

[Air conditioning is part of the challenge] because typically we become hungrier in the winter and put on a few pounds of insulating fat. In hot weather we lose our appetites, eat lightly and keep cooler by shedding a few pounds. p. 19 From Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays Nhat Hanh Previously… Found in […]

RIGHT SPEECH IS (SELF-) HEALING SPEECH…

December 6th, 2013

Imagine you’re sitting down to write a letter full of forgiveness and compassion. While you’re writing that letter, you’re healing yourself. Even if the other person hasn’t yet read your letter, the world around you begins to heal. You can practice Right Speech when you send an email, and it can relieve the suffering inside […]

EASY DOES IT… ONE DAY AT A TIME…

December 5th, 2013

We can get off to a good start by lowering our standards and initiating our mindful eating by having one conscious sip of tea in the morning. Take a moment to become aware of the color of the tea, its fragrance. Feel the liquid in your mouth and throat. Open your awareness to the presence […]

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