Working Hard to Relax

Working Hard to Relax

Home Retreat: Day Two To truly relax, I must work very hard. It’s a paradox to say that it requires effort to arrive at effortlessness. Or that everything is perfect as it is, and yet simultaneously needs improvement. Paradoxes like these frustrate the mind, but I...
Farting

Farting

You’re sitting down for a meditation session in a room full of serious looking, concentrated people. You take a few minutes to get comfortable and settle into watching your breath. Just as your thoughts are beginning to settle down, something comes into your field of...
Light Spectrum

Light Spectrum

If the light spectrum were represented as a musical keyboard, all we can see would be just one octave. * (correction: see below) There are all types of light energy all around us that we haven’t evolved the ability to perceive. If we saw the world through the eyes of...
Small Things with Great Love (part 2)

Small Things with Great Love (part 2)

For Part One of this post, please click here.   We return to find mom awake from her nap and slightly less fatigued. I’m always surprised how enthusiastic she is to welcome her little angel back against her sore and depleted chest. He clamours for the breast, and...
Progress

Progress

The Buddha’s first Noble Truth is often translated as “Life is suffering”, but I prefer to think of it as saying “there is suffering.” There is no escape from this fact; that’s just the way things are. Even though we can do things to “sugar the pill”, it’s just...