The Tao of Now

Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since “the rest of your life” won’t last forever. – Omar Khayyám This moment will never come again because it never disappears. We live in an ever-unfolding present. With …

Poem: Blue Moon Rising

Pulsating sinuous strands Spread along sandy flesh Like a lover’s luxuriant tresses across a pillow The approaching lantern of fertility Brightens the aching heart Drains away negativity Positive tingles prickle the spine Musky incense tantalizes the tongue Face into the wind and listen The blue moon’s siren call Echoes throughout the briny deep Silky steps …

The Oneness of It All

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. – Swami Vivekananda In Eastern thought, One has the dual meaning of number or quality. The modern concept of mindfulness flows out of the spiritual traditions from both East and West. Mindfulness emphasizes the non-separation of …

The Seed of Self

Nature always wears the color of the spirit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The world abounds in waves of loving energy, one only needs to open the heart to receive it. Each of us has the capacity to discover the spiritual wealth of the universe. We only have to re-learn how to be natural. The word …

Soft Fascinations

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. – John Muir Modern life is filled with a myriad of technological connections. Look around your place at night, how many different colors of light do you see from various plugged-in mechanisms? Directly in front of me as I write, the …

Reunion After the Plague

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. – Charles Dickens Several weeks ago I got the best news of the year, my wife had bought her ticket home. We would be reunited after being apart for over eight months. I was thrilled. For eight months, I have lit the light …

50 Ways to Boost Self Awareness

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin Be Mindful Express Gratitude every day Resist being a perfectionist Forgive others Think abundantly Stay motivated Increase concentration Still the mind Exercise patience Gain from other cultures Look towards the heavens Open your heart to new experiences Grow through adversity Don’t follow the crowd Embrace …

Street Photography in China

Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible. – Renee Magritte I have been sorting through my photographs of China from 2003-2019. My first visit to China, I went to Beijing in July, 2003 – just after the WHO cleared the city for international travel after SARS. I want to share a few of …

Not Lost in Translation

He who neglects to drink of the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance. – Li Bai (Greatest Tang Dynasty poet: 701AD -762 AD) I got some great news this week. One of my poems – a Haiku – is going to be published in an upcoming issue …

20 Simple Wellness Tips

You are seeking to improve your self. You wish to express yourself more fully and to be understood by others through your heartfelt expressions. Your self is unique. But you are not simply a self occupying a body born on your birthday. You are so much more. Simultaneously, you are a universe and the universe. …