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Two Thursdays Ago Zen

October 5, 2010

Normally, I like to save the pages from my Zen-a-Day calendar to which I’m particularly attracted.  However, in tearing off the page two Thursdays ago, I accidentally tore the page in half.  It’s been sitting on my dresser in two pieces for a while now and I’ve thusfar been able to resist the urge to […]

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Being Present in the Moment

July 20, 2010

On the ride up to RI at the beginning of my MINIs on Top trip, I popped into my CD player a series of CDs my friend Jason loaned to me two or three years ago:  it was a talk by Eckhart Tolle called The Flowering of Human Consciousness.  It was pretty good – both […]

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May 21, 2010

So it’s half past midnight and I’m still up.  I really should be in bed by now.  This has been a short, hard week.  Not hard like “oh my god, I don’t think I can do this” – there’s just been a lot of work involved.  I haven’t done much outside of waking up and […]

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1,479 Words

May 9, 2010

I don’t really know that I have all that much to say.  I mean, I have plenty to say, but not anything in particular that I’d like to talk about right now.  All weekend long I’ve had threads run through my head that would make nice blog posts:  interesting things I could tease out into […]

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Zen of the Day

May 4, 2010

As you may or may not know, my daily morning reading/meditation comes from my Zen-a-Day calendar.  I’ve ripped off plenty of those pages on plenty of these here pages already.  Yesterday’s reading was as follows: A tea master asked his son to rake the leaves in the temple garden.  When the boy was finished, the […]

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Vanilla Solitude

September 25, 2009

Overall, I think the sin I struggled with most during my trip to San Diego was envy.  I’d like to discuss this at length, but I’m tired and would like to make it to work on time tomorrow – even if it is a Friday.  So this will be short. [Famous last words of Ted […]

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Your Thoughts, Please

September 15, 2009

My zen-a-day calendar has been a bit list-happy for the past few days.  Yesterday’s quote (which is today’s quote for me, because you’re now reading something that was written in the past (yay time capsules)) was, I thought (try to follow me, here dear reader, without criticizing my tense-usage), pretty darned apropos and pragmatically…well…Zen: Get […]

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Zen Calculus

September 15, 2009

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about ego deflation in the last couple of days.  I was speaking with a friend of mine this evening, and she passed along this aphorism:  “10% of life is what happens to us, 90% is our reaction to it.” Now, what I’m wondering is if we follow the “kill […]

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Non Sequiturs

August 19, 2009

So I walked in to Barnes & Noble tonight and asked the girl at the help desk if she could point me in the direction of the self-help section.  Her reply:  “Wouldn’t that be defeating the purpose?” Joke. I know full well where the self-help section of the B&N is – it’s like the section […]

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Book Review: Way of the Peaceful Warrior

July 19, 2009

Today’s hike was a good one.  Jack said it was “pretty easy”, then promptly fell asleep in the car for half an hour.  On the way back we stopped at the Rosendale street festival to see our friends Johnny and Nicole.  It was pretty interesting.  I checked out some of Johnny’s art and bought some […]

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