Several speakers at the WBW conference spoke about their life experiences that lead them to Dharma and helped them see the Nembutsu in their lives. Many of these experiences were tragic. But their talks weren’t tragic. How does Tragedy help us see the Dharma?Read More
Today is September 2nd, 2019. I’m writing these thoughts on this day. This is the only opportunity that I have to experience this day. This is the only day that I will be this person.
Rev. Patricia Usuki gave the closing Dharma talk at the conference, and she referenced a Dharma talk she observed where the speaker only said, “Today is May 2nd 2007. Namo Amida Butsu”, and then sat down. This talk resonated with her, and it resonated with me too.
Today is precious. Everyday is precious. Try to take a step back when you get caught up in the stresses of daily life. Realize that this day will only happen once. How lucky we are to be here on this once in an eternity day. Even one minute of awareness of this fact brings us the realization of the Dharma. Isn’t it wonderful.
Namo Amida Butsu.
On my most recent microadventure, I explored the area around Denver. I didn't have a lot of time or money to spend. But I was able to find some really nice quick things to do.
The evening I found a great geeky hangout called Lair of Abraxas. They are a bar / hookah lounge with space for gaming. And, as is most important to me, they had a selection of teas. I can't say no to a tea service, and this one came with a tiny dragon.
Tea Dragon at the Lair of Abraxas in Westminster, CO.
After having a relaxed evening sipping on some mint tea. I was excited to hear about the Rocky Mountain National Armory Wildlife Reserve. Just outside of Denver was this beautiful prairie park. Unfortunately, I didn't have time this trip to do any real hiking, but there were several trails. I settled with driving their car path through the reserve. It's an 11 miles loop thought the playing with the Rocky Mountains looming in the distance. I saw several deer and prairie dogs, but I didn't get to see any Buffalo, so I'll just have to go back and try again.
I wish I had more time to play, but it's close enough that I will get to make another trip at some time in the future. The flight home was delayed because of a small lighting storm, but I took these beautiful photos of the lights as we approach the central coast of California. It almost looks like a universe.
What should I do when I go back to Denver? Where should I escaped to next?
One pit fall that often prevents us from living an “Impermanent” life is clinging to objects or possessions. Impermanence, by definition, seems simple enough, just let the things go, let the world change. But we all struggle with letting things go.Read More
Impermanence is a Core Value that I am still working on developing. Like everyone, I spend a lot of time ruminating on past mistakes. Like everyone I get upset when something changes suddenly. Like everyone I worry about the future outcomes. But I picked Impermanence as a Core Value because I want to get better at just enjoying the life I’m living.Read More
Every New Year, I pick a theme that I want to carry through the year. What’s yours for 2019?Read More
This week we are discussing my Core Value of Unity and how the interconnectedness of all living things has shaped my world view.Read More
A few friends and I got in a discussion on Facebook about productivity, and how “productive” people do it. Anyone can be a “productive” person. Today I’ve discussed the productivity tips and tricks that I use to motivate myself to get things done.Read More
Recognizing that you’ve over-extended yourself and figuring out where you can cut back is an important skill to develop. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I was going to juggle all of the commitments that I had made to myself and to others over these last few months.Read More
Let's Discuss my Core Value of Efficiency and my resolution for April. My monthly resolution for April is going to being meat-free because meat takes a lot of resources to produce and prepare.Read More
I consume a lot of caffeine, and I’m not alone. According to the FDA, the average amount of caffeine consumed Americans every day is 300mg. It's the time of the year for a Caffeine Detox.Read More
I read the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod. And his miracle morning routine really resonated with me, so I started putting together my own Miracle morning.Read More
My Ides series focuses on common pitfalls in self improvement and how to avoid them. It’s a good time to talk about setting overly ambitious goals and how to set more realistic ones.Read More
Today’s value is Discipline. From running endurance training to working on these blog posts every morning, Discipline affects many aspects of my life.Read More
So as a kind of money detox, I’m resolving to do a spending free month for February. Let's discuss the questions you should ask before spending.Read More
Let's Discuss what Minimalism means to me.Read More
This is the first installment of my "Ides" series. The Ides are known to be a time of bad luck in the middle of a month. So now that we’re near the Ides of January, let’s talk about a common pitfall or mistake.The Ides of January is about getting caught up on the number of items you own.Read More
A capsule wardrobe is basically the bare minimum of clothing needed to achieve your style and lifestyle. My entire wardrobe can fit in one carry-on suitcase. Learn how to set up your own capsule wardrobe.Read More
Simplicity is one of my core values. Let's discuss how I Simplify my life and let negative influences go.Read More
My review of the Magic Art of Tidying Up and my 30-day KonMari Challenge.Read More