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Nothing Special

Nothing Special

“If you continue this simple practice every day, you will attain some wonderful power.  Before you attain it, it is something wonderful, but after you attain it, it is nothing special” – Shunryu Suzuki I first read this saying in…

Gratitude for…

Gratitude for…

We all know the key to happiness and a fulfilled life is gratitude.  Most of us have something we can be grateful for if we really think about it.  Like most people, I am grateful for my family, my relationships,…

Everything can be useful

Everything can be useful

The following is from the great book 365 Tao:   Manure             Manure makes excellent fertilizer. Life has ordure. When you water your plants, you sometimes have to feed them.  Manure is an excellent way to feed plants. Isn’t that…

To have succeeded…

To have succeeded…

How do we measure success in our lives? I really like this description from Emerson:   To laugh often and much. To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To learn the appreciation of honest criticism…

Must be Present to Win!

Must be Present to Win!

It’s true in Vegas, and it’s true in life. We all fall victim to being absent from the moment, and we see it in others constantly.  It’s hard to stay present!  We are conditioned to be active, to “go” and…

Finding your true voice

Finding your true voice

We hear voices every day – internal and external.  In fact, we are constantly bombarded with voices carrying some kind of message.  It could be from some form of media – buy this, have this, do this, see this, etc… …

Are you the best horse or the worst horse?

Are you the best horse or the worst horse?

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to read many wonderful books on Zen, Buddhism, Eastern philosophy, etc.  Without question my favorite book on this subject is Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.  In my opinion it is a…

Seeing the Pattern

Seeing the Pattern

Life can be consuming…if we let it.  Sometimes it feels like we are stuck in the traffic of life!  I’ve always loved this writing.  Perspective!  Own it!!! Pattern Intelligent zazen (practice) means making a subtle shift constantly, step by step,…

Happy Autumnal Equinox!!

Happy Autumnal Equinox!!

It is important to connect with the movement of nature through the seasons.  This is the day that we have an equal amount of daylight and darkness, the autumnal equinox. It is the end of summer and beginning of autumn. …

Own the 24 – Step 1, Get up!  Set up!

Own the 24 – Step 1, Get up! Set up!

We believe it is important to set up our day right.  Of course, but how?  For us, we wake up at 5:00 a.m. and go through a process of writing in our journals, and listening to an excellent audio program…