Just Do One Thing

If there is a number-one rule for mindfulness it’s this: Just do one thing. One thing at a time. There’s an old Buddhist story where a student asks a Zen Master: “How do you practice Zen?” The master says: “When hungry eat, when tired sleep” Student: “Well, isn’t that what everybody does anyway?” Master: “No Read More …

You Got the Power!

My last couple articles were mostly about being humble in the face of change. I’ve written a lot about practicing acceptance, and I mean what I say. Compared to the collective activity of the rest of the universe, one individual human doesn’t have all that much influence. It’s good to learn how to accept life Read More …

A Nice Straw Hut

There’s an old Buddhist poem that starts with the line (roughly translated): “I have built a straw hut with nothing of value in it.” I read this book giving an interpretation of the poem. It’s an excellent book offering insight into often-elusive aspects of the Buddhist tradition. To me, this poem talks about holding life Read More …

Everything Changes

Nothing ever stays the same. Period. Change itself is the only thing that lasts forever. It’s the only thing we can rely on to always be there. If there is one fact about this existence that we can truly know, it’s that all of the things we could possibly comprehend will one day be different. Read More …

The Highest of Arts

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. It is something to Read More …

Make Your Body a Priority

Your body is with you for your whole life. We experience everything through it. It is the filter through which reality passes to become our perceptions. The state of your body underlies the state of your emotions, as well as the rest of your state of mind. The quality and color of a primer forms Read More …