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Mr. The Mister and the Dreamtime

"Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream,
and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”Rumi
All day long I've been working on this post. For some reason, when I sit in front of the screen, my thoughts wander off into other realms. All of a sudden it's time to get the mailers out, or, wait a minute, did I send the updated class/workshop list to those who asked for it? Is that my water boiling? Where did I put my tea mug?
Then I come back to the present, engaging my mind fully in the Now. And then I sit. But still no words come even though I've had them laid out for a few days.
At moments like these I find it very helpful to just let my fingers do the talking, and allow my brain to release what's all boggled up.
So let me take a moment to tell you about my one-man support team. While I do have apprentices and …
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Resisting peace

"Rest in natural great peace This exhausted mind
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.

Rest in natural great peace." - Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche
"My own view, which does not rely solely on religious faith, nor even on an original idea, but rather on ordinary common sense, is that establishing binding ethical principles is possible when we take as our starting point the observation that we all desire happiness and wish to avoid suffering. We have no means of discriminating between right and wrong if we do not take into account others’ feelings, others’ suffering." - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

The first knitting project I attempted was a welcoming blanket for my son. The needles were too short, the wax over the bamboo was fading, and the pure cotton yarn was difficult to use. Even with those obstacles, I sat on the back deck, swaying on the porch swing, chanting "Om Mani Padme…

Second Sunday in Advent (2018) - Let me just like a tree

"When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all." ― Herman Hesse

One of my favorite yoga asanas is the Tree pose (Vriksasana) - due to the difficult simplicity of the position. Moving from Mountain (Tadasana), you slowly lift one leg, raise your arms, and work to stay in balance. The asana works to move you to understand where your body is in the space around it, while also working to ground your energy in a specific time.

When I first began my yoga journey, I was a beautifully naive twenty-something. Young and full of life, yoga, in my thoughts, was going …

On Yarn and Zen

“Take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention” John O'Donohue Of late folks have been asking me this question: "What exactly is Yarn and Zen?"

It's a good question - because to the outside casual observer, it looks as it I've got too many threads for one solid project. One podcast there, another website here, one more Facebook page everywhere - it just appears if there is a lot going on for one person, right? I mean who can do all that and not get burnt out?

Doing what you love isn't a privilege; it's an obligation.”
― Barbara Sher Enter the work of Barbara Sher. For the first time in my life, here was someone saying, "Stop letting the issues of others color your ability to engage multiple disciplines, and go live your life." What I learned was intensely revolutionary, and it has taken me a few years to put the information into practice.
The key element here is to stop trying to explain these things: who you arewhat you are doingwh…

Rejoice! Rejoice!

“We insist on being Someone, with a capital S. We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior. We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that yes, that’s who we are. We mistake the openness of our being—the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment—for a solid, irrefutable self. Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer.” --  Pema Chödrön
On the eve of the New Moon, with Mercury going direct, I'd like to take a moment to share something with each of you.

Everyone walks through life at their own pace. For some it can take years to "get over" a situation that caused distress. No one knows the correct time for being solid in the world again, but the opinions offered by others can sometimes be damaging to your entire being.

In the Seven Rivers of Healing, from Susun Weed, the genesis step, termed "zero," is to do nothing. Indeed, this is the training that's giv…

Authenticity/Shine Your Light

"You still listen to the Dharma with the conditioned mind, and so the Dharma becomes conditioned as well, and you do not obtain the Dharma-nature. It is like when someone points his finger at the moon to show it to someone else. Guided by the finger, that person should see the moon. If he looks at the finger instead and mistakes it for the moon, he loses not only the moon but the finger also. Why? It is because he mistakes the pointing finger for the bright moon. Not only does he lose the finger, but he also fails to recognize light and darkness. Why? He mistakes the substance of the finger for the bright nature of the moon, and so he does not understand the two natures of light and darkness." - from the Śūraṅgama Sūtra

Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to watch Walk With Me, a film about the journey of Thích Nhất Hạnh. Honestly, it was just what I needed, as it's been a little bit wonky for me the past few weeks (months? years?), and being present with the imag…

Kung Fu and Alan Watts

“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” - Alan Watts
Mr. The Mister and I started the series with the Boy Child, and each episode brings tiny drops of Knowing. It's a real life example of an "old dog" learning new tricks. Or, more succinctly, allowing everything to give guidance in a full spectrum sensory experience.
Or, maybe, it can mean that sometimes a cigar is really just a cigar.
What has been fun in watching the episodes, is seeing timeless wisdom being viewed through new eyes. Sitting quietly, with yarn in hand, my whole body is engaged in each moment of the show. At one point, during an intense scene, I found myself sniffling a bit. The beauty of it all was very tender on my heart, which gave me a sense of deep connection to something timeless and wise.
Today's Advent meditation: Stop to notice all that is around you, while engaging your own presence in the wor…