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Tao of “Memory”

Ego “remembers” what supports ego and “forgets” that which doesn’t. Lately I have been noticing that most of my "remembered" events revolve entirely around Conditioned personality as the center player. I have realized that this is a matter of processing my reference frame but that it also lends itself to providing memories that are not... Continue Reading →

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Living Life Engaged

Living an engaged Life is not a question of spending time on what we do, as much as how we experience the time while we are doing it. Am I here? Am I thinking of what was, what else could be, or what may be next? Am I attending to the experience, or am I... Continue Reading →

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Attending to “Stuck.”

It's easy for me to "Not like" doing the things that I label "I" don't like this!" I find that label seems to apply to anything I "Don't want to do" so the content is changing, although the process of "I don't like this" is always the exact same process. I know my ego doesn't... Continue Reading →

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Wanting to Be in my Life

It may seem a little odd for a blog that is basically about the flow of life and acceptance according to Zen and Tao. But recently, I have been noticing how I am increasingly embracing life exactly as it arises. And, an ever growing desire to experience being here in presence. A simple thing indeed.... Continue Reading →

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Peace

"One little person, giving all her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history." - Peace Pilgrim

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Tao of Peace

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life" - Virginia Woolf As challenging as it might seem there is nowhere to go or escape from what is happening right now. I may not like, approve, want, or desire what is happening. I don't have to like it. But, living inside my head in fantasies of what... Continue Reading →

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The Quiet Speaks

Sometimes I find myself becoming unsure of where I stand when I become still and quiet. Suddenly, I can feel somewhat diminished. At times I have sat with people I love and “Don’t know what to say” only because I feel I “Have to say something.” I am conditioned to believe that words and language... Continue Reading →

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Zen and Reality

There are a few major statements I have had the pleasure to read in my life that brought great rewards to my experience. I wanted to share this one for further contemplation. "Reality is that which doesn’t go away once you stop believing in it." - Philip K. Dick

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Presence

A Dharma brother of mine and I had a chat over the weekend and he said something that I have heard before but really sunk home this time. He reflected that most of us don't practice being in presence because our conditioning says "This reality isn't good enough, I prefer to live in the alternate... Continue Reading →

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Hello/Goodbye!

There exists an area of me that’s aware the portal to being in presence means to embrace falling and take a position that says, “I am constantly greeting and saying farewell to everything.” In all traditions and paths there is a direct knowledge that everything comes and goes continuously. I find that stepping outside of... Continue Reading →

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On Being Kind

Recently I presented a talk on kindness. It was very interesting how people view their ability to show kindness and to be kind. The most telling point was that almost everyone in the class agreed that they needed to be kinder. There was lots of ideas about what kindness is, what it looks like, things... 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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“I see You” Zen

I live in Michigan but a couple times a year I go down south to Kentucky and North Carolina to hike and climb in the Smokey Mt's. I am so drawn to the mountains. But that's not what I want to express here. What I have noticed is the ongoing process that exists in the... Continue Reading →

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Filling that Empty Place

I FIND THAT NO ONE TAKES SOMETHING OUT OF THEIR LIVES OR LOSES SOMETHING THAT ISN’T REPLACED. A VACUUM IS SOON FILLED. IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE WHAT FILLS THAT EMPTY SPOT WITH ATTENTION AND CARE. IF NOT, CONDITIONED EGO WILL FILL IT WITH SOMETHING THAT INSURES ITS SURVIVAL.

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Moment by Moment

Nisargadatta defined Karma as movement. I struggled with that for a while until the insight dropped in concerning how the past, present, and future seconds are all connected, inseparable, and yet dependent upon the act of the moment we are in, microsecond by microsecond. Karma, our karma, (call it whatever you like) is defined at... Continue Reading →

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Thinking of Tao

Thoughts arise as an organic process, I never think "I am going to have an idea" or think "I will process thoughts." Thinking is going on all the time 24/7. I am not generating thinking on purpose or intent. I have been conditioned to view thinking as a purposeful event, but it’s not. Thinking just... Continue Reading →

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Feeling Alive

I can only be how I desire to be right now, not in the future, and not in the past. I truly believe that what most of us are looking for is to be connected and feel alive within our own lives. Unfortunately, we seem to spend most of the time looking for something outside... Continue Reading →

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Expectations

“We make life even more painful by having expectations and preferences.”― Mokokoma Mokhonoana I am forever expecting things. I still look at the weather report regardless of how many times it's wrong. It's still better than nothing. But, outside of the weather, I'm finding that the idea of "Expecting anything other than the way it exists"... Continue Reading →

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Life’s Zen

Life, is really one long experience! It's a valuable perspective. There will be up and down, good and bad, back and forth, and countless moments of bittersweet things. But when seen as a total journey we take everything in stride and everything in the perspective of the journey, not the event.

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Tao of Stories

When we no longer recognize the story as a story, the narrative then become our reality. I love stories. I love to read and learn. And I love the creation of worlds that writers formulate about places and events that come from imagination. That being said, there is a serious danger in getting caught up... Continue Reading →

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What if? or What is?

I have been thinking and seeing this process of late. Sometimes I think of using "What if" as a way to explore options or open that portal to imagination. I find "What if" useful when seen from that position of a place of exploration. It certainly has helped spark imagination. As a base for curiosity... Continue Reading →

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Likes and Dislikes

“To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind.”― Seng-t'san I was given a Koan many years ago and continue to process it constantly. It went like this: "If reality is just what it is, and is going to be that way no matter what, then what does... Continue Reading →

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The Balance of Bittersweet Moments

Life has so many bittersweet moments. Life is complex beyond anything I can possibly imagine, filled with opportunity and unknowns. (The Future!) My life is much like this movie that keeps going 24/7 and has no commercial breaks or time outs. It moves relentlessly through time and never waits. Paying attention to my life means... Continue Reading →

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Flowing Tao

When life presents with bitterness we flow. When life presents with sweetness we flow. "Just Go with the Flow" was a very popular concept a long while ago. It became another dated saying that stopped being used. But I find it pointing to something I think is valuable that has been said for thousands of... Continue Reading →

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Art and Tao

Lately I have been thinking about expression and the many ways we can express ourselves. I found it interesting in my years as a counselor that one of the primary causes of patients suffering was the belief that they weren't able to express themselves. Sometimes it was the belief that they had nothing to offer... Continue Reading →

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Right here, right now.

Right in this moment. I often wonder what the idea of staying in proximity of where my body is located seems like such a big deal? Humans having that blessing/curse of being able to entertain ourselves with stories about "What if" and "I should/shouldn't" and "If only" things that for the most part come under... Continue Reading →

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Thinking/Doing Life

I can read, study, and talk all I want about running. Or, I can run. Both have value, but the greatest value is when both are engaged. Take care of you, you are the only you there is! Bryan

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The Stories we tell Ourselves.

That narrative in your mind is not a truthful reflection of what's going on. It's only stories about what's going on. Let the stories go where they may and turn your attention to where you are right now. When we are here, in presence and attention, there are no stories, only the truthful, joyful, exquisite... Continue Reading →

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In Joy of Being

Being joyful about my life beats trying to be perfect. Perfection isn’t necessary. Doing and loving something as well as possible in the moment, until it feels complete, would be another way of processing life.

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Improvisational Living

Will I absorb and be absorbed in the moment so deeply that there is nothing left and no need to recreate or reform what is happening? Twice a month I'm involved in a process called InterPlay. I gather with a group of like minded people and we improvise, dance, play with sounds and words, and... Continue Reading →

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Tasting Self

Become loyal to you most innermost truth. Follow the way when all others abandon it. Walk the path of your own heart. People spend years, reading about apples, looking at apples, buying books and watching documentaries about apples, paying money to go see people who have evidently eaten apples, buying stuff with apple appliques on... Continue Reading →

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Cycle of Ending Suffering. Zen and Tao

We go through the process of suffering and then become aware of suffering. We gain awareness because life will offer moments of clarity during the bittersweet process of experiencing it. We all receive those gifts of momentary clarity. Many times it comes in the form of crisis or sadness like the current world medical issue. Reality... Continue Reading →

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Ordinary Tao, Ordinary Zen

Lately I have been noticing that we all seem to want to be, for lack of a better word, Special. Or, perhaps another way to say it, get attention, approval, someone's love and caring, and to show and tell ourselves to others. Even those who are shy and find human social interactions painful have this... Continue Reading →

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Words and Presence

Once we release our words, we don’t get to retrieve them and edit them. We have delivered the words to our environment and they are no longer ours. So, value what you send, place a worth on it, and make sure that you say what you mean.   I think the current social field has... Continue Reading →

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Tao of bloggers

Write it down, it might be read, nothings better left unsaid. All in all, still no doubt, it's hard to see, it all works out. -"In held twas I" Procol Harem It doesn't always come easy or flow the way we imagined it. But, we write, sincerely and honestly, and post it. Our hearts and... Continue Reading →

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The How of who We are.

We can only be how we desire to be right now, not in the future, not in the past. Conditioned personality is the baseline for faking it. Culture and society said, “Do this to get along with the tribe”, and so we did. Some of it was useful for that purpose, some of it needs... Continue Reading →

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Zen on Purpose

Love and Accept on Purpose. Daydream on Purpose. Fantasize on Purpose. Create on Purpose. Rest on Purpose. Breathe on Purpose. Eat and Drink on Purpose. Be here with all the heart, attention, and love possible. Then Repeat Often Deep Bows to you! Bryan

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Zen of Possibility during this Time

One of the best ways to view the future is in terms of acceptance and possibility. We can choose and plan a possibility knowing that other possibilities will happen. We are never surprised, disappointed, upset, annoyed, or angry when a possibility doesn’t happen. It’s just a possibility, not an actuality, right? We use future thoughts... Continue Reading →

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Zen and Communion

Communion is creating and embracing an emotional, spiritual, sharing of each other. I was thinking about our study group last night. I realized that we have been exploring our spiritual selves and related topics for over two years and still going strong. It came to me how much I cared for this group of people.... Continue Reading →

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Accepting and Moving on Zen.

A friend had a jacket burning ceremony to signify her new remission status. She had been wearing her leather for almost fourteen years and was addicted to heroin throughout that time. She said she had become very aware of the significance of that jacket in the way she felt and “held” herself when she was... Continue Reading →

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