Release Anxiety

If one looks at a thing with the intention of trying to discover what it means, one ends up no longer seeing the thing itself, but of thinking of the question that is raised. – Rene Magritte Our life is bound up with the lives of so many others. We gladly attach portions of our …

Self Actualization

Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him. – Aldous Huxley Our experiences shape who we are. But these moments in time do not happen in a vacuum. Our actions and reactions flow from acquired knowledge or a lack thereof. Just as the wind …

Birth of the Soul

The soul has a slow and dark birth, more mysterious than the birth of the body. When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets thrown at it to keep it from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion… I shall try to fly by those nets. – …

Simple Taoist Meditation

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire Meditation is an ancient practice that predates written history. There have been artistic depictions of meditation in the Indian subcontinent going back over 7,000 years. There are countless forms of meditative practices written …

Oceans Within Me

…I will sleep no more but arise / You oceans that have been calm within me / How I feel you, fathomless, stirring, preparing unprecedented waves and storms… Walt Whitman , Leaves of Grass In the morning, after finishing my coffee and humble breakfast, I wander down the road to the ocean. As I grow …

The Repose of Nature

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature. Henry David Thoreau Setting forth into nature, anxieties slowly melt away. As my footsteps spread out across the sand, elements of the natural world begin to replace the artificial reality which sustains me. Wild rhythms liberate …

Be Grateful for Who You Are

A man must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us…. It is necessary, now and then, for a man to go away and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and ask himself, ‘Who am …