just be it It’s about the work involved in establishing a dedicated practice to feelings of a bigger belonging through practices aimed at increasing feelings of compassion, gratitude and forgiveness
May, 2020

Going ‘Nowhere’, Being ‘Nobody’

Sunday, May 24th, 2020
Fluid, fresh, always moving.

Zen is about going nowhere, being nobody.  It’s about breaking the illusion of subject vs object.  It’s about relational awareness rather than consumptive unawareness, about whole hearted collaboration rather than hurtful competition.  It’s about gratitude rather than complaint, resting in the peace of what’s given in the arising moment.  Zen is about wholesome living, living from awareness to the whole and to healing, from  stewardship and the whole heart, wholesome action, speech and thought.  Zen is about the unified experience, welcoming the challenges of impermanence, grounded in the groundless moment.

Waking Up, Cracking Open

Sunday, May 17th, 2020


Cracked Open Again

Sunday, May 17th, 2020
Cracked open again, cup turned over, faith reveals a light at the end of the tunnel.

We are all cooked. We all get worked through life. We all know the depths of gain and loss, the highs and lows of birth and death, the emotions that come from gratitude and complaint. Perhaps the more painful part of the cooking process is moving into nobody land. After spending a lifetime of going deeper into a profession or a field of study it’s most painful when the wisdom garnished over a lifetime is disregarded. Yet, this is the way it goes. The ego hungers for validation from a lifetime of dedication. Yet wisdom knows that the cooking process is all about letting go, turning the cup over, and surrendering our attachments to identities we put on like another layer of clothing. Real living comes about when we strip naked and stand before the Mystery in faith to the surprise of the next arising moment. We want to help. We want to fix. We want to show others how life has worked for us and how it has not worked for us. And when we attach to this, we suffer more. The only response is to love without condition. This is real wholeness at work. So I humble myself to the earth, letting go my attachments to being special and of importance, dedicating each moment in stewardship to the care and well-being of what’s before me, whatever that is.  There is always light in the crack, light at the end of the tunnel.  Resilience is all about taking one step closer to that light.

This is a short clip from Esther Hicks as Abraham, speaking to the power of “Just Be It”.

Friday, May 15th, 2020


What We Don’t Get About “Herd Immunity”

Friday, May 15th, 2020

The herd is not being heard. When we polarize and divide we are somehow thinking we’re separate. But we’re not. We’re all in the same boat, all in the same species, all trying to do the best we can, being the best we can. We all want to feel that we matter, that we’re enough, that we’re not “less then “, and in relational terms, “I’m OK, you’re OK“. The key question here is whether we have the resilience and discipline to not judge through this time of difficulty. You have your experience and I have my experience. I can’t question your experience. It’s fruitless to think I will change your thinking given the experience you have. I can control my reaction to what you say and do. I can notice what’s happening in the relation, whether I’m growing closer or further  away. Perhaps the best thing I can do, if you’re willing, is to be curious and invite your curiosity so that we can move to understanding in recognizing the true meaning of “herd”. With this thinking and practice we’re always aiming to expand our circles of belonging. This is the practice of going from small tribe to bigger tribe.This is a practice of breaking the illusion of our separateness, of thinking we’re superior, somehow special over others. This is where we find a bigger community, our healing and wholeness and our compassion for one another. This is a place of radical acceptance, a practice where we can embrace uncertainty, a practice where we relinquish the need to be right. We become true pilgrims of the herd.

Waking each moment to interconnection….to herd mentality

I Admit “I don’t know”

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Can we have people just sit in silence? Can we humble ourselves to not knowing? Can we explicitly say “I admit I don’t know everything“? Can we collectively breathe in and breathe out in gratitude for the opportunity to just be here, to just be present? Can we admit we don’t know when consciousness enters the brain or when it leaves the body? Can we allow compassion and love for one another to rule those decisions rather than the fixed beliefs of those who have done everything to gain power over us? Can we aim to not cause harm? Can we aim for the best for all with harm to none? Can we recognize this life that we’ve been given is precious moment by moment?   No judgment.  No complaint.  Just breathing in “yes” to this moment, just breathing out “thank you” for this moment.