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Seeing Clearly

A baseline in a lot of spiritual work is seeing clearly. Seeing other people, places, and things clearly is fine, but totally useless if you are unable to see yourself clearly first. Because, if you are not clear about you, how can you be clear about others? If we stay in awareness, it soon becomes... Continue Reading →

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Where we happen to be

We don’t find things that point out and illuminate the path we need to take; we find things that brightly illuminate the path we are on so we can choose wisely where to place our feet. There is no next but always a now.  – People’s Dharma Circle It's another way of saying that everything... Continue Reading →

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Zen and the Art of Fantasy

With the actual comes the fantasy. Our task is to be aware of the difference not to destroy our ability to fantasize. I think it's one of the challenges of having a spiritual practice and being human. I encourage people not to abandon fantasy, stories of the mind, engaging in contemplation, PLAYING (remember that?), and... Continue Reading →

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Being Being

The constant struggle to become something else while denying what is becomes taxing. How about being fine where we are in the moment? It doesn’t mean you cannot make some changes. I really think that making changes from a point of caring and compassion is easier than making changes from a point of sadness, pressure,... Continue Reading →

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Doing stuff the Zen way.

"Do more than you think you can, but not as much as Conditioned ego thinks you should." - Cheri Huber She may not have invented that saying but she is the one I first heard say it. The saying comes in slightly different forms and content but it points to the same process. Sometimes we... Continue Reading →

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Finding Zen

" The only Zen you find on a mountain top is the Zen you brought with you." - Alan W Watts We are complete in every moment. Celebrating Being brings us closer to our own truthful state than any amount of thinking will ever achieve. Big bows to all, Bryan

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Mysteries of Chosen Days

I talked to a friend yesterday who was bitching about how stupid holidays are because people are artificially "nice" to each other and as soon as the holiday is over they go back to being their old greedy self centered self. I don't agree with that. Pick a day to be kind and generous and... Continue Reading →

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Right and Wrong Tao/Zen

"Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars." - Allan Watts Allan has always been one of my favorite people for simplifying the path I have taken. Both he and Cheri Huber have had this immense impact on my life. Why? Because... Continue Reading →

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Thinking Zen

After all is said, it’s much easier for me to decide how you should act instead of making the difficult choices about how I need to act. May you remain in the middle over the upcoming major holidays!

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Why Don't we???

My Dharma Brother Dave and me met for lunch the other day. One of those wonderful ways to catch up with people you love and care about. As usual the talk turned to Dharma. I was explaining my position that goes something like this: As far as the experience knows this is it. I come... Continue Reading →

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InterPlay and Connection

What we are seeking is our own emotional maturity not the ability to mimic some delusion about how "adults" act. So Saturday I found myself interacting with other humans in the act of Play. InterPlay is an organization that believes in having us come together, explore our creative ability to move and produce sound, and... Continue Reading →

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God and Zen

Well, it happened again. Someone asked me about my beliefs. Sigh. God is everything and inclusive. That's about it for me. It's a little like being a cog in a giant eternity machine and having someone ask me about the machine. I don't think so. So I wanted to post a tiny part of the... Continue Reading →

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Reality of Zen and Tao

Our thoughts are never life, they are only secondary information about life. The narrative isn’t real. A basic Zen principle, at least in my training, is that thinking about is never the thing itself. It is only thought. Thoughts are not real. Piaget, the child psychologist, often pointed out that children think thoughts are real,... Continue Reading →

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Feeling

"If you have to start thinking about how you feel you are probably not feeling." Thinking about feelings is not the same as having them. It can lead to having body sensations that will become "feelings." We can so easily be fooled by conditioned ego that we feel things. When, for many of us, not... Continue Reading →

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"Give yourself your heart"

When attention is not focused on presence any reaction to the experience becomes the experience. It's one of those hard won and acquired positions that is easier to identify than live. I find myself focused on everything but the actual experience. Here is what really messes up my world. I immediately jump to the story... Continue Reading →

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Things that Matter

Today’s crisis will be tomorrow’s memory. How many times have we experienced what seems like our world is crashing? And yet we are here. Breath and Breath again. Accept and realize that you are equal to your own life. Bryan

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Social Zen

Experiment: Say the phrase “Hell is other people”.            Experiment: Say the phrase “Hell is how I think about other people”.  Wait a minute and see what your heart says about which one of these is truthful for you. I am not fond of having to look at this issue. Recently I found myself going... Continue Reading →

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Playing

I am a serious guy. That's my self image. It's not true though. I like to have fun. I don't have much fun because I have this belief that fun has to have a reason. I am not alone in that. Lot's of people operate with that system. So the other day I engaged in... Continue Reading →

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Zen, Tao, and the difficult.

It’s how we respond during the difficult times that tells us who we are. That’s what the difficult times provide for us, the opportunity to attend clearly, and respond in balance. I know that's easy to write or say and not so easy to remember when we are caught up in a difficult situation. But,... Continue Reading →

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The Mirror of Zen and Tao

Everything that happens is projected and reflected back in awareness. The universe continues to mirror back to me what I show it. It has no projection of its own. It just is. So, the universe is a reflecting surface showing “me” everywhere I look. The stories in my head about me get projected out onto... Continue Reading →

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Zen Processing

When experiencing the process is more important than achieving the goals the outcome won’t seem to matter much. Outcome is replaced by the Joy of experiencing and seeing the process of what is working in life.

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Being, Don’t miss it.

Be here, it’s where change will take place and the next thing will happen. It is in fact the only place in the universe where things actually take place, it's call the present. Take a second and bring conscious love to the surface for yourself and others. Do it and feel the change inside.

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Caring

It rained, and the path became a waterfall. The snail, hardy soul, was slowing sinking. I wondered "can they breath underwater?" No, I decided, no. So I found a stick and convinced the snail to take a ride, up to the side of the path. Where said snail continued on the way up the mountain.... Continue Reading →

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Quality of Life

The quality of my life is going to depend on my response to the next thing that happens, not the next thing itself. We do have a choice on how we respond to stimulus. Notice that the quality of my life depends on the response and not on what happens or how I may choose... Continue Reading →

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Addiction to Remission

Zen and Tao The following is from a new book that's due to be out November. It's called "From Addiction to Remission." The book is based on my own remission from alcohol and drugs. It is also based in the concept of ongoing remission as opposed to recovery. "I am rethinking, if you will, the... Continue Reading →

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Outcome Zen and Tao

We will never know the outcome before taking the action. Transience negates the possibility of knowing the future. There will always be probability and possibility if we stay open in acceptance. It's always been a problem for me. Wanting to know the outcome. I have spent many decades in trying to figure out what would... Continue Reading →

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Belonging in Tao

If we don't hold the belief that we are "Good Enough" to be here now, we have no choice but to live in the past and future. But to live in the past and future means to miss whatever happens now. You belong here. You have been, are, and will always be up to the... Continue Reading →

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Walking that mile

It's the kind of thing we hear all the time from someone who is repeating one of those "wiseguy" sayings we are always reading and hearing about, it goes something like this: "Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them." Which is a pretty spiffy saying and makes perfect sense. But I... Continue Reading →

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Lately

Lately. I stopped waiting, for that bus that never comes. I started walking. Along a path I never knew, with time I never had. And I met you. I met you and changed. I met you and laughed. And wept. You told me secrets I already knew but now understood. Nothing matters unless I say... Continue Reading →

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Mind Like Honey Zen

I know at times, during whatever happens to be happening, I am not here to be fully aware of the experience and that is because I am trying to get to a future point in time. I call this the “I can get through anything because it is time limited” way of living. Letting life... Continue Reading →

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Is that Enough?

Transparency Lately, I’ve been thinking. If I show you my truest self would you let me in? Would you tell me what you think and feel? Or Reel me in, Another homeless, street born fish, with silver settings and spurs. To be parceled to the drooling hungry friends awaiting titillation. OK here goes, I care... Continue Reading →

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Sharing my life

We lost our original girl, Kepurr, a few weeks ago. It appears that she had a stroke. She had been declining in the last two years but was still able to interact a bit with her brother and sister. We had lost her other sister, Mysti, a few months ago to cancer. She was the... Continue Reading →

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Knowing Tao and Cats

If I am trying to know, and if I don’t know who’s trying to know, then what will I actually know, and who would know it? This says a lot about holding things lightly. Ever have that experience of knowing something only to find out you didn't? I know, me too! We live in a... Continue Reading →

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Keep Going

Keep Going When all is said and done, the only thing that matters. Is We keep going in the direction we believe in. We may fuck up, crash and burn. We are the ones who pay for that. But then, Recalibrate, Turn toward your own heart, And move. No one will do this for you,... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Addiction and Remission

All addictions, if discontinued, will find a replacement. This is one of those inevitably truthful statements that point to a way out of addiction. I have been finishing editing a book on addiction and remission and some Dharma friends have encouraged me to write more on the subject. To attain abstinence once needs to recognize... Continue Reading →

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Delusionally Aware

Most of the time I live in the future or past. I have noticed that this is not helpful in processing problems in the here and now. I have slowly become more aware of how my understanding of how time, past, present, and future, has an enormous impact of my time boundary lines. Once on... Continue Reading →

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In Someone’s Shoes

Can we step back and instead of walking a mile in someone shoes walk that mile in awareness and in our own shoes? I did a workshop on this statement the other day. Some people were confused and many seemed to get it right away. The idea is we need to be aware of our... Continue Reading →

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Addiction or Tao?

The work of being in remission is nowhere near as hard as the work of being addicted. This goes out to all of those who are struggling to move away from those patterns we call addictions. My experience is that the above statement is truthful for me. I hope every single person is able to... Continue Reading →

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Prospecting in Zen

“A new direction is like a river with various tributaries and branches that go everywhere, we are never stuck because we try a new direction, we get stuck because we believe it is the only direction.” Prospecting for gold is very similar to living life. We have a general idea of what we may be... Continue Reading →

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