We live in a strange time, but maybe all times are strange in their own way. Maybe life is just strange. Each era seems to have its own strangeness that raises existential questions on how to approach it. These questions, and the answers each of us give, are what define the zeitgeist we’re all a […]
The person reading this word isn’t the same person who’s reading this one. If it was the same person, then it’d be the same word. When we can see this clearly, this, “Seeing it clearly,” is the True Person. The moment doesn’t leave anyone behind, and it offers no set path ahead. The path is […]
The little things make true love and true understanding possible. Life is an ongoing intimacy that’s always at hand, but we generally ignore it in favor of having a long-distance relationship with it. So we miss it, even though it’s never gone anywhere.
It’s important to not shut out the pain, to think that it’s somehow unnatural. The more we try to escape unpleasantness, the more it’s gonna haunt us. But somewhere between running away and giving up, there’s a fragile equilibrium.
What is this? A feeling. We are mirrors of the world, as reflective as that flowing stream. Just like that stream, what we reflect isn’t the same as the source. Each ripple, each dip and rise in our minds turns that image into something new.
Relax, observe, immerse. That’s the practice in a nutshell. Some people try to skip the relaxation step, but that makes it more difficult to observe something completely and without bias. And it makes it impossible to immerse ourselves in what we’re observing. Any relaxation method is fine, but I recommend one you can use on […]
The second I know myself, I have to defend and preserve what I know. The second I know others, I judge them and either seek to hold onto or push them away.
Zen is the practice of seeing through birth, life and death to what is. And what is?
What we’re waiting for is already present. We don’t need the bus because we’re already at our destination.
What is it like to be you? Now that’s an interesting question. It seems innocent enough on the surface. It’s a harmless question, something we might playfully say to another when they say or do something typical of them, but peculiar in general. But if we turn it around, it has a jarring barb on […]