Tag Archives: gratitude

Mother’s Day for the Black Sheep

March of 2003; my mother was in a very advanced stage of her final bout with cancer. Had been visiting for a few days at her place. It was 10:30 at night, and we had just finished watching a TV … Continue reading

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Earth Day : A Contemplation

[ Written in honor of the Earth for Earth Day; Monday  April 22 ] I have no ability to create Even the smallest part of what this life requires Yet through each moment The Earth sustains all life upon it. … Continue reading

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Year End 2012 : I Am Reminded

The hallmark of this year has been a deepening sense of not knowing. May it continue ! I am reminded (and humbled) again and again that the keystone may be gone but foolish thoughts still arise, feelings of contraction still … Continue reading

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Ho’oponopono

[ Ho’oponopono is a technique I use every day. Adam J. Pearson just posted about Ho’oponopono practice and its effects on his excellent blog Words From The Wind . Ho’oponopono has a lot to do with the sanity of forgiveness, … Continue reading

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Samu in the Snow

This weekend I practiced a short 3 day sesshin ( period of intense meditation ) with my Zen teacher (Sensei) and a small group of his students. Sitting meditation ( zazen, shikantaza ), chanting, walking meditation, work periods, and mindful … Continue reading

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Immanuel and Gratitude 2.0

One of the great good fortunes of this life has been my friendship with Immanuel. How many people do I know who can talk about Arthur Schopenhauer and Shinran Shonen with equal  clarity and enthusiasm ? Immanuel was born to … Continue reading

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Year End Thanks to Readers

In the final hours of the first year of STANDING IN AN OPEN FIELD, I wanted to thank you all for stopping by. It’s a total blast writing a blog, and for what if there are no readers ? This … Continue reading

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