New Meditation for 9/11

New Meditation for 9/11

9/11 is a very difficult time for some. I recognize this. I was there. I saw the first plane flying low over the city, I watched the empty buses return with no survivors, I witness the blood banks turn many away as there was no need for the donations. But with all of this, it is time to forgive those who attacked us and how we responded. The anger and hate fueled our present situation and will continue to do so until the world becomes a boiling sea of anger. Let’s turn the tide and have compassion as a new tradition for 9/11. It is time.

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Make A Real Impact On The World

Make A Real Impact On The World

Do you want to make a bigger impact on today’s world? How about on those you love and care for? There are no shortcuts or easy paths to doing this. But there is a simple strategy if you are serious about being of service to yourself and to those around you. All it requires is that you open your heart and share yourself with those around you. When I speak of opening your heart I don’t mean just using words like “soulful” or “Zen”, enjoying a...

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What Would The Buddha Say?

What Would The Buddha Say?

What would the Buddha say? All this talk about lineage and dharma, precepts and which form of Buddhism is best, whether Soto or Proto Zen should be followed, or the forms of Rinzai? Mahayana or Theravada? To me, that is all semantics and superfluous. At the heart is would he even approve of the statues and processions, the flowing robes and flickering candles, the golden statues of his own image to which everyone bows? Would he be more content...

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5 Comments To Never Say

5 Comments To Never Say

No Judgment At one point in time this was authentic. It had meaning and credence. But now I hear it so many times every day, it rings of insincerity. It’s on television commercials, online ads pushing laundry detergent. What it really means is “boy, did I just judge you, and it was not good. In fact, it was so awful it made me feel guilty just thinking of it, so I need to say something to lower my own guilt over having thought it.” Let’s be...

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A Mindful Legacy

A Mindful Legacy

What you do every day is what creates the legacy you are living and the legacy of who you will be remembered for well into the future. It is your legacy that you leave behind as you pass on to whatever awaits. It is the same legacy that precedes you as you pass through this world. It is the way people think of you before they even meet you. Reputation, karma, legacy, they are all the same. The more people you lie to, cheat and steal from, the...

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Money Meditation

Money Meditation

Before reading any further just Google Money and Meditation. You may be surprised to what pops up. What started out as an extension of meditation has now become a buzzword in itself. Among corporate types it has become woven into the very culture of the whole concept of work/life balance. In the military mindfulness creates a focused sniper. In both it also creates a very focused psychopath. How do you tell the two apart? Or how do you tell who...

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