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
The little black ant was investigating the rim of my bronze, bowl-shaped gong, as a beagle might investigate a strip of grass along a sidewalk. The sudden appearance of such an alien object and its alien smells (not to mention me and my alien smells) must have been quite a mystery to her. Every couple … Continue reading The Little Black Ant and the Bell
A young, bearded colleague of mine approached me one Friday afternoon at work and asked me if I could teach him how to meditate. It was about 3pm. I was tired of working on whatever it was I was working on. We walked to a quiet, sunny corner of the interaction area on our floor (think open office … Continue reading Meditation: What is the Point?