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At Last, A Human, Being

I'm excited about the new book, it's been a long time in formulation and production. Thanks to all those supporters in WordPress and Facebook! You can check out the paperback and eBook below. https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B09QQS7FPZ&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_ZSC6CYJGCPT5ZF46BPQA The writing of this material has been an interesting process, one that involves many people, places, and things. I never see... Continue Reading →

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Tao of a Fragment

I am often surprised how we take the entire process of being a human and fragment it into pieces and segments. I understand the need to isolate and attend to a dynamic with a very narrow focus, but there is often a hidden disservice in fragmenting, I may start to treat the fragmented parts as... Continue Reading →

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The Tao and the Future

I was subjected to a short speech by someone who had little hope for the "future" the other day. I'm hearing a lot of that lately. And it's not specific to Covid-19, it's more of a general complaint. She's decided "humans" are not intelligent or clever enough to survive these environmental, social, and political messes... Continue Reading →

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Tao of friendship

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." - Walter Winchell Something I want to remember about friends! Take care of you and all you love, smile for yourself today. Bryan Wagner

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Patience of Tao

A friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with lung and possible throat cancer. Not the way she wanted to enter the new year. It's going to take an enormous amount of patience and self-compassion as she transitions through this challenge. It's so easy to talk about patience and being patient, so many wise words... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Disclosure

"Never Complain, Never Explain." - Benjamin Disraeli A good friend of mine told me that he spent some time last week with the perspective that he doesn't have to explain himself to others, and how wonderful that felt. Of course, That perspective may not last, as he was quick to point out. There seems to... Continue Reading →

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The Challenge of Caring

Recently I hit a figurative wall. I was looking at my smart phone and the thought dropped in concerning an issue I have been following. The issue involves children, some five to fourteen years old, forced into labor to procure rare earth materials in the Congo. The smart phone display is bright, easy to look... Continue Reading →

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Becoming, an Endless Journey.

"An epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice at the moment of creation." - Abraham Isaac Kooh I... Continue Reading →

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Becoming and Tao

I ended up at the gym, Planet Fitness, early this morning. Like so many years past it was fairly busy. This was up from the holidays when sometimes there would only be three or four people working out in the mornings. I am guessing the increased crowd was, in part, due to it being the... Continue Reading →

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Into the Unknown

Lately I've been seeing that the future is entirely unknown. Anything I may "know" about the future is, at best, a guess, an estimate, or a belief that I can see the future I am falling into. Of course, I can be assured that if I plan to go into the kitchen right now and... Continue Reading →

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Absence and Zen

I sit in the mornings and have a window in front of me with a view of the neighborhood. During the past few weeks, I have noticed all the Christmas decorations blazing in the early mornings, until December 26, when they all went out. The Holiday of Peace and Love was done for another year.... Continue Reading →

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Zen of Attention, Meditation, Life

I often speak about the two forms of attention when practicing meditation and the question often comes up concerning ways to tell the difference. I find using the example of driving or reading works well. We have all driven or have been reading and suddenly become aware that our attention was not on driving or... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Dharma

After sitting yesterday, I experienced one of those unplanned interactions that held a lot of meaning. Three of us had this dharma exchange in the parking lot while freezing our butts off. Hugh, Lisa, and I were discussing the perspectives that we are NOT in control of life's flow and the reality that thoughts are... Continue Reading →

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Trust Your Process Zen

I am constantly reminded about how amazing we are as humans in the process of living life. During the past year there have been truly impactive events that shifted my perspectives on life. (Sitting in meditation isn't the only way to gain wisdom!) The death of two close friends, the dissolution of two relationships, medical... Continue Reading →

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Wind and Tao

Walking this morning at dawn I stopped for a second and listened to the wind as it sang in the bare branches of the woods near the house. It offered chills of joy and perhaps something else that's a little harder to place in a container of words. I remembered as a child I had... Continue Reading →

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Sharing Dharma and Wisdom

Lately I have noticed there are two distinct ways to share wisdom teachings. One: the teaching itself will be the focus of attention, I may use a personal example, but the focus will be directed towards the wisdom itself. Two: I use a wisdom teaching to gain attention for myself, so the focus, despite the... Continue Reading →

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The Reality of Life

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam Another way of saying that being grateful, for existence and the ability to exist, seems to produce a sense of being equal to living my life as it unfolds. I don't think I've ever been happy for the moment, but I've been... Continue Reading →

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The Mind, Heart, and Tao

The sooner we realize there is no fragmented item called "mind," the sooner we can embrace the entire process of how we are in life. When giving talks and presentations I'm always confronted with that scenario whereupon someone wants to know how to "train the mind." I often tell them If I could "detach" some... Continue Reading →

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Sharing Dharma

Lately I have been noticing that there are two ways to share information, including any wisdom-based sharing. One: I share wisdom information and even if I'm talking about a personal experience, the subject is the wisdom information, not me. I'm only using me peripherally and not as the subject. Attention is being directed towards the... Continue Reading →

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Seeking Tao or Whatever

If there is seeking, you will find something, and it will never be what you sought. Life doesn't go in a straight line or come with guarantees of any kind. I had a discussion yesterday after a formal meditation and the person was down because they had been meditating for decades and realized they hadn't... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Art

I love to self-express and find that almost all self-expression is some form of human art. The picture above is titled, Sui Generis, what's your reaction? Do you believe it says anything about the artist? One of the things about some spiritual paths is the encouragement to avoid judgements and comparisons. Zen Buddhism relays that... Continue Reading →

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This Zen Moment

Be attentive to these moments as we move through them, or they move through us. In moments passing, your entire existence is here, everything you ever experienced lies here, all the hopes and dreams, lie here, and most importantly how you are going to respond to life lies here. These moments, as you read this,... Continue Reading →

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The Tao of Weirdness

I was speaking to a group the other day and someone mention, in a most kind way, that I, meaning some of what I talk about, is weird. I concur. I was explaining and charting diagrams that explain why there is only one singular time that we artificially divide into fragments. It's one of those... Continue Reading →

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Zen of Ahead

Tuesday I was driving on a two-lane road on my way to Ann Arbor. Of course, I was concerned about being on time and so was caught up in the story of being late. Finally, traffic ground to a halt and I had a chance to see how caught up I was "thinking" about the... Continue Reading →

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The Tao of Witnessing

I meet with a group of fellow explorers on every second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. We have grown close over the past several years and have expanded our concepts of wisdom and what is truthful for each of us. Last night was different. A very beloved friend discussed the nightmare of having someone... Continue Reading →

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Those Tiny Jealousies

I spoke with a group yesterday and one person was lamenting they hadn't been able to "overcome" feelings of jealously concerning others good fortune or acquisitions. I told her I gave up trying to manipulate my social conditioning because the manipulation creates a separate self who is attempting to control thoughts and emotions. My thoughts... Continue Reading →

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Pythagoras and Zen

"The great science to live happily is to live in the present." - Pythagoras I'm always interested when I find this message being repeated throughout numerous cultures and spiritual paths. The concept is often attributed to Buddhism and Zen, but it's not at all new when I start to broaden my attention and explore our... Continue Reading →

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The Tao of Seeking

"I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart." - Van Gogh It's never in the goal, it's in the journey. The fact is we are not guaranteed the amount of time to look. So, we can only look with presence and awareness right in these moments. Bryan Wagner

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Authority and Tao

"Thinking and believing that other people have the answer to the "mystery" of you is a child's task." - Thomas Merton This is one of my favorite statements that Thomas Merton offered among many. He was a person who, after so many years of following and doing what he was told, managed to move beyond... Continue Reading →

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Did I get that?

I am never positively sure if what I mean is what you get or what you mean is what I understand. Lately I've been noticing how often I misunderstand others. I recently realized that the emotional content, and my attention to them, can shut down understanding and comprehension about what someone is attempting to tell... Continue Reading →

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Emptiness and Trusting the experience

I went through a series of days feeling empty and the emptiness lent itself to feelings of being detached. Not in negative way, but one that felt neutral, which I often describe as negative. But I'm starting to have a clearer view. Emptiness is not describing being empty, it's a description of what happens when... Continue Reading →

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Using Time

“Half of life is lost in charming others. The other half is lost in going through anxieties caused by others. Leave this play, you have played enough.” - Rumi I get this, or the intent of the message. But for me, the root of this particular problem is the conditioned reactions that we have been... Continue Reading →

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Helping Others

Helping and taking care of others is a driving force behind many beliefs, religious, and spiritual organizations. Many of us have personal beliefs that are structured around helping others, it's a way to make the world a better place and generate some positive feelings. But it's not an easy task and often we end up... Continue Reading →

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Being

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam This is one of those excruciatingly simple things to read. But to embrace and explore the depths of this phrase takes a lifetime of work. Right now is the only real thing we can experience, everything else is a thought, surfacing in... Continue Reading →

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Anticipation

Lately I have noticed my serious addiction to anticipation. That state of curiosity, anxiety, waiting and wanting, about some some future event. An example of anticipation is the feelings and idea's that are generated when I wait for an order from Amazon, the mail, or one of the independent carriers. I order a book, and... Continue Reading →

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The wisdom of Popeye the Sailor

There’s joy in living from the perspective of engaged presence. “I am what I am” doesn’t require stories, fabrications, pre-conclusions, beliefs, or elaborate belief systems. Our lives are happening in front of us, who we are is exactly what's happening in these moments. Can I embrace that? Do I need to keep trying to improve... Continue Reading →

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The Challenge of Receiving Kindnes

Recently, due to some challenging life events, I have had the opportunity to experience kindness as the recipient. One of my loved members of the Tuesday night study group had made food and her spouse delivered it. I was so grateful. She was well aware that my culinary experience is in boiling water, and although... Continue Reading →

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That tiny action that matters.

Sometimes I get caught up in the "big picture." You know, all the doings and shenanigan's going on outside my direct experience. Sigh. The world needs to be fixed and sometimes I become delusional and think I can do that. (And I wonder why I become sad sometimes?) But lately I've been noticing how it's... Continue Reading →

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Healing the Broken Self

Healing oneself is grounded in Shamanistic traditions and actions. Something that was helpful to me during my studies seems like an obvious concept but is sometimes overlooked. I was asked the question "Who is this self that believes it needs healing?" So before jumping into any healing process I first had to examine who needed... Continue Reading →

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Suffering and Sufferings of Others

Lately I have been seeing this. Ending suffering is a fine concept that may belong in a perfect world but seems useless as a philosophical statement for living our lives. Reducing suffering is always possible. I can see how I'm suffering and finds way to reduce that. In the daily recollection there is a statement... Continue Reading →

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Meanings

"Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean." - Bob Dylan

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Seeking the Problems

A few nights ago I had a discussion with a few people that focused on issues dealing with the state of humanity and what's going on with all of our struggles. When we signed off I had an insight I found interesting and disturbing. We had spent the entire time problem identifying and offering opinions... Continue Reading →

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Complexity

Lately, I have been noticing how complex and intricate life's continuous movement is and how I am constantly attempting to minimize and simplify. But I also notice that there is a unique freedom that comes with attending to the complexity and accepting it. It redefines how I see myself and others. The major shift for... Continue Reading →

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Being Ready

I came to the conclusion that "Continual Mindfulness" ... Must mean, not a sergeantmajor-like drilling of thoughts, but a continual readiness to accept whatever came. - Marion Milner Well, that's it. Being ready and accepting of those things that rise, happiness, joy, sadness, upset, anger, and sometimes nothing at all. Being ready, for me, is... Continue Reading →

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Life

" "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard Lately I have been thinking that the past if valuable as a learning field, but all the things that have happened in the past will not repeat themselves exactly as happened. And we don't know the future, all we... Continue Reading →

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Living with Ghosts

Sometimes I find myself having sleepless nights. I find myself living with ghosts again. Not the kind that are in movies, stories, and media. But the ghosts of past, present, and future events. The ones that seem to rise up mostly when I am depleted at the end of the day. Most of the time... Continue Reading →

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