Suiseki is a deep Japanese practice where natural stones formed and worn in certain ways by nature, are recognized by the artist or more accurately the practitioner as depicting a landscape. Noticing and recognizing that a seemingly ordinary rock depicts a natural scene takes a lot of presence. What’s beautiful to me about suiseki is that it keeps us close to nature. It also produces beauty and meaning. Reiki, similarly, increases awareness, beauty and meaning…
Bowing is a part of every culture. It’s a sign of respect and humility. Bowing can be supplication or an honoring. When we bow we feel a presence, we sense another dimension to life. Bowing is a very serious practice.
When I first saw this Ensō, I was very drawn to it. Bankei Yōtaku (1622-1693), Sakyamuni and Maitreya, ink on paper First, what is enso? Zen teachers like to draw circles. Sometimes they draw them around from right to left,
Critical work is being done on our planet now. Spiritual healing work. Light work. There’s a group of people involved in this work. What’s obvious to this group is that time on the planet is fast running out. Among all
In recent months I’ve been noticing challenges with my own smartphone and social media use. This is being reported increasingly in media outlets. It affects young people a lot, but not only young people. Here’s some of what I’ve learned.
This line from Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) has been a guide for me ever since I first read it: “… each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” It’s a profound truth. It also takes all the neurosis out of daily
Happy New Year! Do you ever blend your spiritual knowledge and practices with fitness routines? Or take those same teachings and apply them in a new, practical way? The story Thich Nhat Hanh tells below is one reason I collect