Belief in a religion vs. a personal search · Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · How to Practice · How We See the World · Journey to WHoleness

Blaming Religion – a new fad

Many folks thrive on pointing the finger at things outside themselves...... in all directions except for where the problem really lies....... a favorite blaming place is religion......Quite frankly, organized religion is just filling an emptiness that folks feel when we have lost the inner sense of fullness. Pointing the finger of "who dunnit first" is… Continue reading Blaming Religion – a new fad

A New Society · Belief in a religion vs. a personal search · Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · Human Groups - Race, Gender Belief Distinctions · Just Thinkin' · Social Change in the 21st century

A Rant on how messed up things are…..

Ranting..... Have to ask myself this bunch of silly questions..... "Should we turn over the money changers tables?? "This is a cry for individual responsibility and autonomy............ started out asking these questions many moons ago, and still don't have a good answer after all these years ...... (well maybe we do have the answers, but… Continue reading A Rant on how messed up things are…..

Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · Focusing · Gary Weber · How to Practice · Psychotherapy · Reliable Guidelines - Cream · Self Inquiry

Self-Inquiry – the De-constructor of our mental “Blah Blah Blah” – from the teachings of Gary Weber

Was reading an article about how some folks who practice "mindfulness" techniques actually end up having their "inner dialogue" getting louder and louder instead of quieting down, and having that "blah blah blah" get them down...... all those negative thoughts that "just won't shut off".(How in the world can we shut that damned thing off!)Gary… Continue reading Self-Inquiry – the De-constructor of our mental “Blah Blah Blah” – from the teachings of Gary Weber

Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · Huang Po · Zen - Study

On Finding Wisdom Beyond Discriminatory Thought – Huang Po & Dogen

Zen master -ObakuHuang Po, china d. 850. Studying the Way is just a figure of speech.In fact, the Tao is not something that can be studied.Study leads to the use of concepts,And when we cling to conceptsThe entire way is misunderstood.The Way is not something that exists separately from you,And it is not located anywhere… Continue reading On Finding Wisdom Beyond Discriminatory Thought – Huang Po & Dogen

Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · How to Practice · How We See the World · The Basics!

Faith is……. (part 2)

"Faith is the bridge which carries us through moments of despair" What has faith come to mean for me? when i was young, the understanding of what faith meant to me, was akin to hunkering down, closing the eyes (in many cases closing to the voice of reason), clenching my teeth, and saying "i believe,… Continue reading Faith is……. (part 2)

Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Cutting to the Chase - Getting to the bottom of things · How to Practice · How We See the World · Journey to WHoleness

Faith is……..

"Faith is the bridge which carries us through moments of despair"When the light at the other end of the tunnel has not yet appeared, and there seems to be nothing but darkness........ realizing that "all things must pass".... realizing that "this darkness is simply a cloud floating past in the sky"...... this is faith.In the… Continue reading Faith is……..

Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Just Thinkin'

How the Mind holds on to (clings to) clouds of dis-satisfaction

I think, generally, we are looking for several things from our life. We all wish to experience satisfaction and peace of mind, we wish to be energized and have a sense of direction, we wish to feel balanced, and we wish to sense fullness and warmth. All else is “life contents”and comes and goes..... Instead… Continue reading How the Mind holds on to (clings to) clouds of dis-satisfaction

Body/Mind - How we use our resources · Jundo Cohen - Treeleaf Zendo · Shikantaza is.....

Breathing and Shikantaza

Excerpt: Zen as Embodiment (9) - Just Breathe! Zazen is correctly described as a practice of "body, breath and mind." All come to play in 'Just Sitting.' We have already discussed "dropping bodymind," so now let's talk about "dropping the breath." Some kinds of meditation practices emphasize doing something unusual with the breath, breathing with… Continue reading Breathing and Shikantaza