Every breath you take is an exercise of choice and personal freedom. Each breath is a sort of mini-rebellion where you learn how to be here and get cozy with what is in front of you right now, no matter how it makes you feel. You learn that, whether you like a thing or not, … Continue reading A Meditation on Meditation (or, a Meta-tation)
The sun was hiding between the horizon and the tops of the buildings when I arrived at the gate to the park. It was a five minute, hair-raising (1) walk up the six-lane boulevard where green-and-yellow autorickshaws, motorbikes, trucks, and cars beeped and zoomed at, then past me. Women wearing long, flowing robes, headscarves, and … Continue reading A Walk in the Park, With Peacocks and Meditation 06 Jan 2018
Note: This article appeared in the Summer 2017 Issue of Indiana and Yoga Magazine. Thank you to to Ryan and Candice Baggett for publishing my writing. The version here, updated on 11 Dec 2017 differs slightly from the published version. Being present and engaged in the world takes practice. Our minds are complicated. Our lives are … Continue reading Practical Tips for Meditating
I had been procrastinating about setting up my container garden this year. The ideal spot is near the front of my house. It is sort of triangular in shape with "a" being the shrubs against the garage, "b" being the driveway, and sort-of hypotenuse "c" being the curve of the sidewalk leading to the … Continue reading Ant Farm
The hollow sound of solid falling on a wood deck rippled through the air, into my open bedroom window, into my ear, and ripped me from my dream state. I don't know if the dream was the one where I was an imposter in a foreign land, running from house to house dissolving spiderwebs with … Continue reading Intrusion
While in walking meditation this morning at An Lac temple in Indianapolis, this poem revealed itself to me. Trời nóng / Hot sun Gió mát / Cool breeze Đấc cứng / Hard ground Chân mềm / Soft foot Cứng đầu / Hard head Lỗ tai mở / Open ear Trời tối / Darkness Mặt trời tới / The sun arrives.