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Moments and Tao

"Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments." - Rose Kennedy I truly love this thought. When I think back on things of significance, those things that had impact and carried emotions, it is always the smaller moments that seem to rise. Not the big dramatic stuff but only singular moments in attention. Playing... Continue Reading →

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The Tao of Social Conditioning

"It’s as though I am in a story and I am unhappy because I’m convinced the story sucks. I decide that the story sucks because the characters suck. So I find new characters, hand out the same scripts from the same story, and later wonder why the “new” story still sucks." - From the book... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Those “Special Days”

Lately I have been thinking. Perhaps instead of having those special unique days to celebrate states of being, like a day to give thanks, we might just line up every special day and start repeating them. That way we could be reminded more often of the skillful ways to treat each other. Once a year... Continue Reading →

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Life’s Movement in Zen

"There is more to life than increasing it's speed." - Mahatma Gandhi Doing things quickly is not the problem, doing things so quickly that we are not present creates resistance to what we are attempting to do. Attention can be extremely focused at high speeds. Ask any athlete. But I think what Gandhi is pointing... Continue Reading →

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Tao and Choice

If I find myself attempting to choose  between right and wrong it’s because I’m already heavily attracted to the action of wrong. If I weren’t attracted to it why would I be struggling with the question? Of course knowing that doesn't mean making the choice will be any easier, but it is an interesting perspective... Continue Reading →

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Being Happy

"In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy." - Theodor Reik Well that pretty much says it all, doesn't it? I used to chase after "Being Happy" constantly. I read a lot of books, read articles, attended workshops, and discussed happiness with a lot of "Teachers."... Continue Reading →

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Intention

Doing is not as easy as having an intention to do. I think it's important to contemplate this process, because if we are not aware we end up suffering because we did not follow through on an intention. It's good to notice that thoughts are the easy part, intention is a thought until I act.... Continue Reading →

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The Wisdom of the Bittersweet

"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." - Mary Tyler Moore It's so easy to forget that no experience is useless or wasted if I am willing to learn and keep walking. Yes, I experienced many things that enabled deep suffering and in turn caused others to suffer. But... Continue Reading →

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Giving and Joy

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Self Inquiry

“Am I evolving and expanding or am I redecorating my interpretation of experiences and beliefs so it only feels that way to my social ego?” It's one of those looking in the mirror questions that comes up every so often when we seek expansion. I think it's a crucial question to ask oneself on occasion.... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Belief

All sure beliefs become past beliefs when viewed from new sure beliefs. Sometimes it s good to look at our past selves from an early age and realize how many things we held as true, adopted as belief, and then let go when we arrived at new beliefs. I think doing so helps places a... Continue Reading →

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The Last One

A perspective: Reasons to celebrate you. You are the only you that will ever exit. You have your perspective and reference frame that is totally unique to your bio/psycho/social self. There are no other copies. You are a one of a kind event in the entire universe. So, in light of that, you are the... Continue Reading →

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The Tao of Deep Listening

"Deep listening is miraculous for both the listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judgmental, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand" - Sue Patton Soele My training involved the practice of attention. It's probably the only practice I have truly embraced because if I don't start by paying attention to what's in front... Continue Reading →

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The Truthful Process of Tao

Love the process (have appreciation and gratitude) of the experience not the event or something you believe  experiences the event. If you love the process loving the event appears automatically. “Teachers” will often point to “Loving yourself” but that’s not the point, loving the experience of being alive is the point.

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When I am Stuck in Life

Wait in silence, attention, and gratitude, then see what appears. Everything has meaning in presence and attention. Sometimes, in my experience, the only way to see the next step is to allow it to appear. I simply cannot "think" my way to the next action. What works for me is to slow down and wait.... Continue Reading →

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Seeing and Hearing

"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for." - Harper Lee In my view, a very precise statement about social conditioning. It's one I keep in the background constantly. My first seeing usually ends up being a projection of what I think I'm seeing. Knowing that, the second view can... Continue Reading →

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Tao and Water

Lately I've been thinking. The upcoming election has been creating rifts right and left, friends lost, families broken, and tons of anger. Years from now the priorities will change but the loss and feelings may remain. To adapt as water in the living Tao is to adapt to a vision of reality as truthfulness. In... Continue Reading →

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Peace

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde

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Key to a Happy Moment

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. - Omar Khayyam I have great gratitude for a guide who pointed to the word "for" and declared that this is the lynchpin for gratitude. We are not happy because of what happens all the time, but we can be happy to be here to... Continue Reading →

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Ordinary Life

"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Every day, every second, life reveals how stunning the absolutely ordinary human existence can be in attention. If we see exactly what's in front of the senses we begin to notice colors, textures, sounds, depth, movement, and our... Continue Reading →

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Taking that leap

"Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing." - Denis Waitley Occasionally I run across some saying that has enormous impact on me. This is one that I keep above my writing desk. Take a risk today to be... Continue Reading →

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Whole and Here

“I am not broken, and I don’t want to be dedicating my life to fixing what’s never been broken.” - Unknown I think the secret is to avoid clinging to the critical self talk that ego supplies. It tries to convince us that we are broken and need to be fixed. We are not machines,... Continue Reading →

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Peace

It has been said: You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. - Gautama We can always... Continue Reading →

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Situational Compassion P.2

What is that feeling? Where in the body do you feel compassion? If so, can you generate that body sensation all the time even when there is no observable reason to feel compassionate? Does compassion rise before thinking you “should” be compassionate? Is compassion a label that only rises when you think of the need... Continue Reading →

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Zen Apple

I suspect that I have some deep understanding of myself, but can’t explain it, the same way I can’t explain the taste of apple to someone who never tasted one. You are the apple that you want to taste and no one else is going to be able to give you that tasting no matter... Continue Reading →

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The Question

What’s preventing us from viewing all life from the position of mortality? From knowing and acting that we are all, regardless of who we think we are or know, Mortal? Then in knowing, we respond to life out of kindness, compassion, and caring? There would be no other way to respond. I meet and project... Continue Reading →

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Peace

But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all people. I... Continue Reading →

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Free Falling for Real

Yesterday I experienced moving at 120mph, from 10,000 feet at 26 degree's Fahrenheit. There was little sound, an intense pressure of wind on my face and body. Then the chute popped and everything rewired. How beautiful the surrounding country, clear blue sky, and the clouds below. (I didn't take jump movies this year so the... Continue Reading →

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Tao of Humanity

Being Human is a given. But keeping our humanity is a choice. - Unknown author. It's one world and no matter what we pretend we are never separate from others suffering. Choose to be Compassionate. Bryan

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Peace

Peace is not the product of Terror or Fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent suppression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. - Oscar Romero

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Seasons of Tao

It's fall in Michigan. I have always loved living in Michigan because we have four seasons. The constant change of seasons reminds me that I am always in a constant place of saying hello and goodbye. It seems like our lives as humans are built around the impermanent state of everything that can be known.... Continue Reading →

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Peace

We are not going to deal with the violence in our communities, our homes, and our nation, until we learn to deal with the basic ethic of how we resolve our disputes and to place an emphasis on peace in the way we relate to one another. - Marion Wright Edelman

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Is it meaningful?

There are not separate things that have meaning as opposed to those things that have no meaning. Everything has meaning, it’s our awareness and application of meaning to an experience that will define its value. I experienced great meaning in shoveling horseshit out of stalls at Starry Skies Equine Rescue. People would ask what meaning... Continue Reading →

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Joy in Being

Being joyful about my life sustains me better than trying to attain the state of being perfect.  Many cultures are built on stories about “perfect” people, usually termed hero’s, and heroines. We identify them as such in the hopes the examples will encourage us to be “better” and seek to be the absolute best above... Continue Reading →

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Clearer Seeing

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi  Keep going, always keep going. Good people always win out in the long run, this has been proven in history over and over. No matter what the odds... Continue Reading →

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Silence

Sometimes I find myself becoming unsure of where I stand when I become still and quiet. Suddenly, I can feel somewhat diminished when I am silent and touching that humility that appears when in a state of being. At times I have sat with people I love and “Don’t know what to say”, only because... Continue Reading →

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That Tao of brief interaction

Back from a retreat. I love the mountains of Kentucky. It's breathtaking views and lots of different creatures I don't usually get to see or interact with in Detroit. Yet I was reminded of something the third night after hiking up Grandfather Mt and contemplating that day during the evening. This is what came up.... Continue Reading →

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Tao: Life is not a metaphor

Lately I've been looking at my use of language and the reality of sharing myself through words. When I listen in conversation I interpret what you say into my own reference point and attempt to "know" what you meant. At that point I think I "know" what you meant, but in reality, its an interpretation... Continue Reading →

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Seeing the Complexity

Lately I have been thinking that although I understand the concept of "complex," I seem to be under estimating how hard it is to see anything clearly and stake an absolute position. The best I can do is get the best information available, contemplate that information, and then respond from what I learned. Plus keeping... Continue Reading →

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Peace

Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right. - Unknown I see this as making sure that the battles I fight are about doing the right thing and not about my ego. I find I can get that mixed up if I don't pay attention. Particularly with those issues that have... Continue Reading →

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