Karmic Growth and Collateral Damage

I think a lot about karma. How our past choices, our past relationships, draw us together and apart, create dynamics that can cause joy and suffering. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, you can easily see and grasp the most elemental concept karma on the short-term level. Well, I told a lie, and now theContinue reading “Karmic Growth and Collateral Damage”

Post Retreat Peanut Butter Treat Recipe

So I’m fresh back from a week on retreat and starting to sort through the experience and its after-effects. Having a full seven days of both physical and emotional distance from “real life” is a truly precious experience. However, it’s not all roses and sunshine. I received a text from a friend yesterday that said,Continue reading “Post Retreat Peanut Butter Treat Recipe”

New Year’s Postcard from Retreat

Happy New Year, friends! It’s  January 1, 2013, and I couldn’t not write today. I’m on a silent Buddhist retreat in Northern Florida- it’s a sunny and breezy 60-degree sort of day- and I am out on a dock overlooking the St John’s River. A seagull is looking plumply at me. I am full ofContinue reading “New Year’s Postcard from Retreat”

The Lion’s Roar! (In Which The Author Abandons Hope and Allows The Present Moment)

I have abandoned hope. Not to worry- I’m not despairing, and I’m not like, “giving up on life,” or anything like that. It’s just this: I’m forsaking hope, and its cousin, fear, and its nerdy cousin, obsessive planning (he wears a pocket protector, I think). You’re shaking your head. What’s wrong with hope? Don’t we wantContinue reading “The Lion’s Roar! (In Which The Author Abandons Hope and Allows The Present Moment)”