Monthly Archives: March 2011

A Fraction Of The Whole

“When we believe that we are our minds, we suffer the fate of almost constant judgment, comparison, and fear.” – Noah Levine My friends, I wish to share a wonderful secret with you today.  This is a powerful secret and one … Continue reading

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Being Cool With What Is

“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.  If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” – Ajahn Chah “Reg, you are going to wish your life away!”  Growing up, my father must have said … Continue reading

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Post No. 100!

Well, my friends, this blog has reached, for me at least, a significant milestone – Post No. 100!  To say that I’m proud of my work sounds boastful, I know.  But the fact is, I am.  I have poured all I have … Continue reading

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Zoe Keating – Making Her Own World

“This is why I make my own worlds.  This one was not designed for me.”  Zoe Keating I’ve said it here before, and I will say it again, I no longer believe in coincidences.  As I will explain in a bit, yesterday … Continue reading

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Givers And Takers

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Bible (KJV) Acts 20:35 “Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” -Confucius My friends, today’s post is short and simple, but, for me at least, it packs a powerful … Continue reading

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Meditation Retreat – Final Week

Well, my four-week meditation retreat has come to an end.  Not meditation, mind you, just the retreat prescribed by Sharon Salzberg in her wonderful book, Real Happiness. Salzberg, for me, saved the best for last.  This final week focused on “lovingkindness meditation,” which … Continue reading

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Colin Thubron – Journey Of Longing

Colin Thubron (b. 1939) is a British travel writer and novelist.  Having garnered many of writing’s most prestigious awards, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and current President of the Royal Society of Literature, Thubron has been called the most … Continue reading

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The Meek Are Our Angels

“Sometimes an angel is a tattooed cook in a shop window who smiles and waves as you walk by.”  (Tweet by HumanBeam)  I follow HumanBeam on Twitter.  She posted this a couple days ago.  I remember reading it and thinking about how right … Continue reading

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Meditation Retreat – Week 3

I have now finished week three of my meditation  “retreat” using the book by Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness.  I have three overriding thoughts regarding this past week. First, while I presently meditate no more than about 15 minutes per session, I am finding that … Continue reading

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Scott Rigsby – Dreamer and Doer

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman Scott Rigsby is a dreamer.  He also is a doer.  Both of these are … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison – An Eye For Blue

My friends, somehow, somewhere along the way, I lost my ability to feel – simply lost the ability to feel emotions the way I used to and the way I presume other folks feel emotions.  I lost the ability to experience peace and happiness.  You might be surprised to know … Continue reading

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The Bucket List

On this past Friday evening, my wife and I watched the movie, The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson.  It’s a really wonderful movie – very funny and very touching at the same time.  Nicholson and Freeman are … Continue reading

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Meditation Retreat – Week 2

This week was all about experimentation for me.  I experimented with different postures – traditional, sitting in a chair, lying down, sitting in the car, and walking.  I also experimented with different forms – breathing and hearing meditation.  My sessions this … Continue reading

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Buddhism – Opening The Doors

As I’ve stated here before, I came to Buddhism due to the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.  Another significant draw for me was that the Buddhists I have met seem to me to be the happiest and most serene folks I know.  … Continue reading

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Beck Weathers And Chomolungma

For reasons I can’t articulate very well, I’ve always been intrigued by the sport of mountain climbing.  Perhaps it’s a combination of elements – nature’s beauty and ruggedness, man’s sense of extreme adventure and endurance, the challenge of doing something very few … Continue reading

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