Tag: mindfulness


Our Corona-cloister


"Still Moon, No Mind" oil on canvas painted by Rob Schouten. © Rob Schouten www.robschoutengallery.com   Many of the souls on our planet are in this new “Corona-cloister.” We are in “time-out” these days. I remember my sister placing my nephew into “time-out” when he was a child.  He was asked to...

Pathways in rainforests


So many tomes have been written about the Dark Night of the Soul.  Indeed the title of the great mystic was mistranslated.  The original translation was “the obscured night of the soul.” The word “dark” gets a bad rap. “Dark woods” are frightening.  “Dark Knight” is a medieval bad guy. “Dark thoughts” are...

Bao – the mindfulness of choices


One of my favorite meals is the steamed pork bun called the “Bao.” Recently after a movie about Zen monastic practice, a friend and I went across the street for beers and steamed buns.  We had seen them in the movie - massive trays of them made for the monk’s...

bailing our hay


The farmer next door bails his grass in massive bails the size of a Volkswagen Beatle Bug.  They are neatly bound and I always marvel at the precise nature by which the machinery bails the messy piles of cut grasses into these neat, tidy bails.  It is fun o climb...

change


Today I awoke to find my front yard different.  This view, which greets me every morning with my coffee, prayer, study and silence like an airplane stewardess showing me to my seat for the day’s flight, had a different look today.  I was aware, these last few weeks, that the...