I cannot say I am typing this from the perspective of a papered, academic scholar or a person with some sort of lineage scroll to roll out. This may put me at a disadvantage for those who require it. Rather I speak from a meandering of experience wherein there are crossroads or events, like origami that fold over one another to reveal something else.
There is a gift to the concept of selflessness and non-clinging; the gift of relinquishing of pain. I came by it through training as an uchideshi (a live-in apprentice) at a traditionally run Aikido dojo. Continue reading
The following entry is not done with detached equanimity. It is written in the raw; with imperfection . I strive to do well and to be well but what follows is a stumbling block that I have yet to clear. The intention of posting is to hang it out in the proverbial sun and hopefully push myself farther along the proverbial road.
Five years. It’s been almost five years since an important human touchstone decided he’d rather annihilate himself than continue his existence. Continue reading
[A note to the reader: I am not writing to reflect on the details of Sandy Hook but rather how we react to tragedy. I may modify this entry to be more specific in the future but have avoided it due to the acute emotional trauma and the fact that so many are covering the details]
We go about our day, distracted with thoughts, observations, opinions and lists. Suddenly, something shocks us out of it. A bad driver, a missed exit, lightning, news of an environmental disaster. Each one of these things invokes an emotion and pulls us from the minutia and noise of our internal dialogue. That emotion tends to manifest differently between an act of nature versus something done by a human. We tend to become angered when someone Continue reading
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Tagged community, conflict, conscience, duty, empathy, evil, fear, human condition, in and out group, justice, mindfulness, Newtown, politics, Sandy Hook, struggle, violence, worry
My first introduction to this word was as an aikidoka, training under a teacher who integrated a little more than just the martial art into practice. At the end of a small class, we sat in a circle and chanted simple, monosyllabic sounds while hovering our hands over various regions of our bodies. “Suuuuu..”, “Ohhhhhh…”, “Ahhhhh…”, “Aaaaaaaay…”, “Eeeeeee…” we would all chant together. I am not one to chant in a group, to recite prayers and the like, but I Continue reading
[Note: This is a re-write of an old blog post, there are some changes]
When I hear of serial killers and other violent criminals, I ponder the origin and motivation of what creates an individual as I do believe that violence is 98% nurture and only in some cases is it nature. This is not to say that there are some people who neurologically are wired as predators but we are very often shown the extreme and I believe that Continue reading
Gandhi warned us of Seven Things That Will Destroy Us
Wealth Without Struggle
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
Science Without Humanity
Religion Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principle
Many of us believe that which defines the human condition is Continue reading
” Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42). ”
Sometimes I get caught up in being Martha and lose sight of being Mary. Yesterday I had some time with Mamajack and got a tour of her home. I felt very welcomed and the conversation very engaging and convivial. Though I was the visitor, I felt a mutual ‘mary-ness’ as it were.
We all can get caught up in the jangle of logistics and endless errand stream, sometimes we forget to connect with real human beings in real life. This is the fertile ground on which friendships solidify. [Though I will say that the Internet can be a decent place, if you find the right place, from which one can choose seedlings.]