Cold Rain

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Cold rain falls. Upon the earth Upon this temple Upon my heart Wash dust from the earth Stale tears from my cheeks And the lie from my thoughts Trickle deep to my roots To the heart of my soul To the seeds hidden there So ripen each furrow. Down there in the dark Where eyes […]

Leaves

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in Blog | One Comment
Leaves

This morning I stopped by the Vietnamese Temple in Sarasota (Chua Linh Phong) again to meditate. The monk/abbot of the temple was there for the first time in these weekday trips. The grounds were awash in gold and red decorations, preparation for new years tomorrow. I asked if it was okay for me to sit […]

Offerings

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog | No Comments
Offerings

This past year, I started a consistent sitting meditation practice, rather than solely active meditation. In previous years I sat as well, but this year it finally stuck and started making sense. Maybe it’s being in my thirties, maybe I finally tamed my monkey mind enough that it can sit still for more than a […]

Temple Bells

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog | No Comments
Temple Bells

I stopped at the temple to meditate this morning. I have taken to going there in odd moments when I have a free time. I enjoy the presence of the place without the congregation. I like it with the congregation as well, but there’s is a stillness when I’m there alone. Only the caretaker and […]

This ‘ol heart of mine

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 in Blog | 3 Comments
This ‘ol heart of mine

I never thought I’d be enjoying Excel on a Sunday morning…. There’s something about this simple metered task that gives comfort, routine, a focus. I flip through sheets and documents tracking down values and checking them to see if I’ve made an error. Verify. Question. Explore. Try again. Reconsider. I’ve been on an emotional roller-coaster […]