Eternal Nature

Thank you for being here for Week Six of BEYOND SELF 2012 — an informal spiritual retreat here in SunnyRoomStudio.  We are covering some interesting terrain via various Zen teachings, the focus of my summer reading.  And many of you are participating by keeping a retreat journal.  Since comments are closed until the end of […]

Beyond Attachment

This is Week 5 of our online spiritual retreat: Beyond Self 2012.  As most of you know, my goal is to provide Zen-like prompts each week (through December) for journal writing, meditation, and personal reflection.  And I’ll open comments at the close of this retreat for those who want to share the details of their […]

Extend Your Gaze

I spent a great deal of time this summer studying Zen.  Reading books by various spiritual masters like the wonderful Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.  One of the primary themes running through this field of study is the need to go beyond self.  So I’ll be spending the rest of this year, 4 months, looking […]

The Listening Heaven

What is it about a tree that is so quietly magnificent?  Is it their graceful reach upward, their artistic shapes?  According to the wonderful poet, Rabindranath Tagore: “Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” But Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “The wonder is that we can see these trees and […]