Sunday, December 27, 2015

Life in the Media Cave

So many of us spend our lives in front of screens (i. e., computer screens, television screens, and movie screens). Media consumption is now the major American activity. We spend about 69% of our waking hours consuming media such as TV, the Internet, music, radio, and phones.  For the latest numbers on media consuming check out: Media Use in the US. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Effortless Desires

We effortlessly desire
truth, beauty, and wisdom
because our souls are made of
truth, beauty, and wisdom.
The deep charm of meditation
is that it opens
doors to the soul.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

John Lennon - Day After Day

It matters not who you love,
where you love, why you love, when you love
or how you love, it matters only
that you love.
~ John Lennon ~

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Good Life

What are the elements of "the good life"? For fifteen years I had lunches with Vince Bacon, an old man, who said, "In my day the good life was taken seriously. It was not about making money or being famous, it was about enjoying the good things of life: friendship, children, home, and the places you often visit." He said that in our time "the good life is forgotten". The years pass, more and more, I feel the truth of what Vince told me.  

Monday, December 14, 2015



"Metamorphosis" implies "changing forms". Life requires going through stages of transformation - changing forms or stages of life. Before you are a baby you are a fetus, after birth you are the small little creature. You can't even walk, but later you start crawling, followed by walking, later on you're talking, one day you're going to school. Eventually you grow up and become fully functional. A worm turns into a butterfly. You are like a butterfly who had once been a worm. Now, what's next?   

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Feeling God's Presence

Feeling God is easy, once we recognize what it is; it's everything and nothing. God is simply all-in-all as-it-is. God is so obvious that we mostly don't notice God's presence; like the air all around and within our lunges. You don't notice air until you feel the absence of air; you don't notice God until you feel absence and separation from God. Sometimes if feels like God talks to us - be sure that its a divine message beyond you - and not the voice of your ego. The best part of learning to feel God's presence is that it provides good company. 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Arunachala Mountain, India

Arunachala, India
One of our world's sacred mountains.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Let Your Life

Let your life
Be a thank you gift
For life received

Monday, November 30, 2015

Effortless Stillness

True stillness comes without effort as if by grace. Stillness, quiet, and meditation experienced everyday, lead to a good life. I go to my meditation spot at home - resolved to sit for eleven minutes and come to stillness. I sit and breathe. After five minutes or more the mind is suddenly quiet without effort. It seemed easy - perhaps because of forty years of meditation experience. It still surprises me, when the quiet comes easily and steady like a slow flowing river. So, please, wherever you are now: sit or stand in stillness. Eventually reality opens up. Be still now and surrender to being alive.

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Looking at ourself from a distance cultivates space for a new experience. Consciously make a choice of what experience it will be and keep your power; dabble in darkness or bathe in light.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Chief Seattle ~ All things share the same breath

"All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man, 
the air shares its spirit with all
the life it supports."
~ Chief Seattle

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Excess Mobility

Excess mobility is the disease of the modern world. Here we are, Facebook users scattered in too many places often longing and missing each other. Systems like Facebook attempt to re-link us by providing virtual substitutes via the Internet. All this is a misuse of Internet technology. The Internet industry wants us physically separated and utterly mobile; but, at high cost to local community and real day to day family and community life. The radical thing now is to "go back" to being near each other and limiting travel. Less fuel burned up, less global warming gases, less sleepless time in clogged airports.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Eckhart Tolle - All One

You are the universe,
expressing itself as a human
for a little while.
~Eckhart Tolle

Friday, November 20, 2015

All That IS

Consciousness is unbounded, 
free standing, and eternal. 
The Creator is a scientist, 
experimenting with possibilities; 
generating universes 
throughout an unbounded cosmos; 
beyond the limits of individual ego. 
The ancients would say: 
Om tat sat (All that is).

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


When two hearts intersect, a point is created. It can be designated as any number on a line but nevertheless, they have left a point of themselves behind. They might begin to run parallel one day, but it’s all right, they made an infinite possibility for new lines to begin.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Time Passing

Time passing
Day by day
Always now

Being, Doing, Having, and Giving

Awareness of being, doing, having and giving transforms life. Discover being - and all else follows. Being is the ground of all that is. We reflect being within ourselves. Doing follows naturally once being is established in our minds, hearts, and bodies. In that doing, comes our having, and the capacity for giving. The path back to being is in our capacity for discovering and sustaining stillness within, even while "in the world".

Saturday, October 31, 2015


In the middle of a storm is an eye which brings reprise from violent weather.
In the middle of an eye are pieces which help you see.
In the middle of yourself is the perceiver;
the ultimate 'I' that sets you free.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stillness, Creation, and Annihilation

Stillness, creation, annihilation, stillness ... over and over. A cosmic cycle reflected in daily life. The ancient forest dwellers of the Indus Valley understood this better than us. ● Within deep stillness is a source of life and light;  a  "quantum stillness" singing a silent song, waiting for a hearing. Listen, listen, listen to your heart's song. ● You're here now. Stay a while.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Secret of LIfe

A Secret of Life is that Life is eternal (when seen beyond the ego), but always moving toward aging and death when ego clouds our view. Therefore, see with ego-less eyes! With ego-less eyes we are blind to the boundaries between us. 
The ego, however, hangs on to "little life"; and may convince us of our near total separation from one another. Don't believe it. The eye of the needle may be small, but big mind can surrender into "big Life" - and it becomes mystically clear that "all is one".

Saturday, October 24, 2015

To My Daughter

There is so much in this world to learn and your daddy is growing too. You will bring out the best in me as I will help you do. I will teach you the best I can in awe of how little that I knew. When you have gotten older and no longer need my hand, when you are no longer crawling but using your own two feet to stand, I will give you room to grow as you play with buckets in the sand.

On your first day of preschool sweetheart, while I am happy, I might still cry.

So if you see tears in daddies eyes while glancing back to blow a kiss, know that you have not made me cry it's just that baby I will miss.

I love you,

- Dad

Friday, October 16, 2015

Baby steps

Fifty years can go in a flash while some days last forever.
I can learn to find my spirit with my heart and soul together. 

Spirit resides within. It can't be broken, though worn thin. 
Before life flashes before my eyes, my journey will begin.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sometimes, the biggest gift you can give to a person is silence.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Buddha ~ Thinking, Attracting, and Creating

What you think,
you become.

What you feel
you attract.

What you imagine
you create.

         ~~ BUDDHA*

*Found in the internet commons. 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Along The Way

Then, begin again

New Beginnings

New Beginnings
are often
disguised as
painful endings.

    ~ attributed to Lao Tzu ~ 

Friday, October 02, 2015

First Aid

Let meditation be like an ice pack for a swelling mind. When your mind inflames and begins to cause you pain begin to meditate. It wont stop the cause but will help in healing the wound. Let go of your thoughts, let the swelling go down.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hold the Morning

Hold the morning in your hand
Lift your eyes up to the sky
Timeless void surrounds our days

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What came before me?

What came before me?
Do I know?
Can I know?
The flood of memories
all jumbled up in
future, now, and past.
Where are you and me?
Parents and parents of parents
all rushing from life to life.
A waterfall of
laughter, boredom and tears. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Great Work

"The Great Work now, as we move into a new millennium, is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner."           
~~Thomas Berry, 1999

Thursday, September 03, 2015

the work of stability

the most enlightened teachers
experienced great struggles of self

god is the safest constant
if god is ever changing

dear one, see inside yourself
the only constant
is you

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Alignment with Being

Most people live in a fog - moving between tasks, situations, and pleasures. Often in a mental fog of remembrances and fantasies. Live life fully. This could just be the only life you know. Pre-life and after-life are matters of speculation and faith. A full life is not measured in number of years, but by depth of understanding and experience. Some die young but had rich lives. Others live long but accomplish little. It's not how long we live, but how we live that counts. We become happy, wealthy and wise in proportion to our alignment with being.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Uphill Battle

Just because you age doesn't mean you are getting old. Bodies might grow older but souls only mature. Don't let your fear of your physical body aging grow like barnacles on a ghost ship. If you can stop carrying around the years of your life like a heavy weight on your back, you will become light and ageless.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ahimsa and Satyagraha

Ahimsa is "not to injure".
Satyagraha is "holding onto truth".

Friday, August 21, 2015

Keith Whittingslow - The Fine Structure Constant

Recently, an old friend of mine, Keith Whittingslow, passed away. Especially sad for me since I had not kept up with him during the past fifteen years. He sent me a copy of his book: The Fine Structure Constant. This book is a fine blending of science and poetry. His poems are experiments expressing the beauty of the science that he loved. I encourage you to visit the Amazon web link to his book; it includes sample pages of his book. I was truly honored to have crossed paths with Keith in my lifetime.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Walt Whitman ~ This is what you shall do

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."
"This is what you shall do..." by Walt Whitman, from the preface of Leaves of Grass. Public domain.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meditation, Nonviolence, Peace

To sit, to meditate is 
already making a statement
for nonviolence and peace. 
It's inside-out; as within, so without. 
Peace begins right here 
as the inner knots are untied; 
and, love unfolds.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Black Elk ~ First Peace

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men."
~ Black Elk ~

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Deep Nonviolence

Nonviolence is not-harming; it's what we don't do, not what we do. There's vast spaciousness in allowing things to be what they are short of violence. Nonviolence reminds me of the Taoist idea of "doing not doing"; by not-harming, by being nonviolent, we are going with the flow of life. The term "peace", however, is more limiting. It implies specific institutions and actions such as talk of "peace keeping armies". Nonviolence is one of the most ancient of great ideas: "ahimsa" - the Sanskrit word meaning "not harming" in the old Jain religion of India and later in the Vedic, Hindu, and Buddhist scriptures. Furthermore, we find strong suggestions of nonviolence in the ancient Jewish and Christian scriptures. Indeed, the earliest Christians would not fight in wars. In the mid twentieth century, "nonviolence" was a political strategy. We see scenes of mass demonstrations for Indian independence from the British, U.S. black peoples' civil rights protests in the deep South, and grape boycotts to secure rights of migrant farm works. While teaching nonviolence at the University of California, Berkeley, I became clear that nonviolence as protest is too narrow. Now, I sometimes use the term "deep nonviolence" to point to nonviolence at the root level -- where constructive actions naturally arise. This especially addresses the deep crisis between the whole of humanity and all other life on earth. The violence of humans upon the earth and it's living forms is now apparent. Deep nonviolence looks upon all our actions that may, can, and do harm life on earth. By working toward eliminating such actions (at all levels), we allow the earth to heal, to return to it's natural state of harmony and health; just as we can allow our bodies to heal of themselves by not harming them with drugs. Nature wants to be healthly; people want to be at peace. Remove the harming, and the rest takes care of itself.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Beyond Limits - Arthur C. Clarke

The only way to discover the limits of the possible 
is to go beyond them into the impossible.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Saturday, August 08, 2015

A flower grows...

A flower grows between sidewalk cracks
A smile shines between tears
A life unfolds between birth and death

Friday, August 07, 2015

Ghandi Speaks On Non-Violence

Dramatic recreation of 
Ghandi speaking on nonviolence in his early career.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

shine bright

the darkness is there to help you find your own light

see how brightly you can shine!

Bob Dylan - With God On Our Side

Much truth and sadness and paradox in this tune.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Carl Jung - Speaks About Death

This video of Carl Jung was recorded at the tail end of his life. He says important things about death. Please listen and look carefully. This is a man who is mindful; who is speaking to what little can be said about an almost unspeakable subject.

Concept Acknowledgment: Marianne Henry

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Practice and Actualization" Americ + Josh

Americ Azevedo - Voice & Thoughts
Josh Williams - Music ( Acoustic Drumming, Acoustic Guitar, 
Electric Guitar, Drum Programming, Synths, Sounds )

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Meher Baba - Live in the Present

"Live more and more in the Present
which is ever beautiful and stretches
away beyond the limits of the past
and the future.
                                 - Meher Baba

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wake Up to Who You Really Are

Wake up to who
you really are.
Being anything
else comes at
too high a cost.
"Who you really
are" is love.
Perhaps you
forgot that you
are love; if
you did forget, go
visit or see
someone with a
new infant child.
The teaching will
be clear.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Here and Now


Monday, July 13, 2015

Limitless Presence

Those who cling to thought
are afraid of Being.

in alert Being, there is no thought
only stillness.

Trusting and letting go
to the endless ebb and flow,
all that is life~

like the waves rolling,
rising and falling,
over and over again.
You are an ocean of self, filled deep,
no limit to your Presence.

New Day


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ram Dass - Be Still


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Don McLean - American Pie

Thanks to Spike for this suggestion.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Genius & Idiot

Sooner or later, 
everyone gets to be 
both a genius and an idiot. 
It's merely a matter of time.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Make Friends with Uncertainty

Knowing, making friends with uncertainty gives freedom. To live fully find courage to face uncertainty moment by moment. Reality has things to tell us - that we may not wish to hear.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Refiners Fire

“Up on your feet! This is no time to tire!”
my Master cried. “The man who lies asleep
will never waken fame, and his desire

and all his life drift past him like a dream,
and the traces of his memory fade from time
like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.

Now, therefore, rise. Control your breath, and call
upon the strength of soul that wins all battles
unless it sink in the gross body’s fall.

There is a longer ladder yet to climb.”

Dante Alighieri - The Inferno

Friday, June 26, 2015

enjoy you

your breath is medicine
sun cleanses you
today's work is to sit and enjoy yourself!

Sunday, June 21, 2015


It's all a mystery
Let it come
And let it be

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Speaker Box

When the thoughts in your head become louder than the voice inside, it's hard to hear the truth. It's like an echo in a cavern. Yelling,  "I can't do it" or " I am worthless" bounces off of the walls and drowns out the other sounds. Your inner voice is quiet and does not need to echo its message. Be gentle and allow it to guide you in the right direction.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ephemeral Portraits

Those moments when everything seems so bleak
All at once your terrors peak
With a cracking voice, left unable to speak
Keeping your mind and body weak

Though, if you could only see yourself through my eyes:

You are powerful, so unique
Unlike a damaged and fragile antique
You are whole with a beautiful physique

There is a light inside, just continue to seek…

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The World May Fall Apart

"Blindly feel your way around
You're better off that way for now
Who's to say the sun is kind
The brightest things will leave you blind

Reconciled from head to toe
The brightest things can help you grow"

-Scott Goldbaum

Monday, June 01, 2015


For many individuals, there is a hole in themselves that feels like it needs to be filled. Struggling to find a cure for the ache, something to make them feel whole, they turn to actions which do not fill but only patch this missing piece. It can be incredibly hard to find healthy ways but they are available to us if we just engage. Take an adventure into nature or the city. Help a child build a lego set. Listen or play music. Draw or paint. Meditate or even just take a moment to sit on the couch and breathe. The list can be endless if you just take the time to write.

Sunday, May 31, 2015


There are more cul-de-sacs than final destinations. Is time wasted? No. These are learning opportunities! Breathe and appreciate. The desire for perfection is poisonous. Perfection becomes "perfectionism" - a disease of the soul.

Saturday, May 30, 2015


“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”
- Carl Sagan

Friday, May 29, 2015

Now is One


Number Two

I used to use an eraser to fix the mistakes on my homework. The lead would go away but the imprint would still be etched into the paper. Now, I use the delete button. It leaves no imprint; the mistake is completely gone. We need to remember to continue learning from our mistakes. It has beome too easy to just erase everything with a simple

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Money can buy a hearse, not a lifetime. Time can't be measured by money.

T. S. Elliot - endless invention, endless experiment

Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Brings us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.
                                     T. S. Elliot
                                                    Choruses From “The Rock”

Eleven lines of poetry from T. S. Elliot - suggestive of a deep understanding of our human predicament in an ever expanding age of technology. We are creatures of meaning, not just bodies of functioning.  ~ Americ ~

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teeter Totter

To get on our feet,
we had to crawl.

Learning to walk, 
we had to fall.

Feeling lost and alone,
we found life was our guide. 

Though it was frightening, 
we found the power inside.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


it is Me.

this is the breakthrough
realizing over and over that
everyone is here to help you
those you feel are hurting you
are teachers themselves
some lesson there to learn for you


all there is to do is open yourself to see
as safely and as carefully as you can be
knowing that it is true
that love is abundant
this is your work

to Receive.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lao Tzu's Recommendations

In Chapter 3 of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu recommends that leaders should encourage the people to:
    Relax the mind
    Make belly firm
    Reduce the will
    Make physiques strong
A good recommendation, even 2,600 years later. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Voice & Text

There's a dynamic tension between voice and text. I've been struggling for many years with this. I love to write but also love speaking. People tell me I'm a better speaker then writer. Of course, a voice activated system for writing provides an interesting hybrid! Am I speaking by writing or am I writing by speaking. (I "wrote" this using voice to text technology - but edited it in text.) Thank you dear blog reader for being part of this experiment!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Just Be

It's been said that: This is the best of all possible worlds! Why? A non-existent possible world is just a dream, an illusion. My self and your self are both "self" seen from different directions. Parmenides, the Presocratic philosopher, showed us that whatever is just is - and cannot not be. Can't be anything but what it is. BEING IS unchanging, eternal. So relax. Just be.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Destroy a shadow by casting a light; lingering in shadow lets darkness ignite.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Frequency of the Universe

One of my the most heart warming projects is a decade long project of posting short audio teachings on Internet audio sites. One of the thousands of listeners gave the greatest of complements:

your words always give me hope
that there is someone on the same frequency out there.
the frequency of the universe.

What could that frequency be? Perhaps the ringing echoes of the Big Bang creation event. Maybe the sound of Aum (om) as suggested in the ancient Upanishads. Or, is it the frequency of truth - so sublime that only a quiet soul can hear?

Friday, May 08, 2015


Awareness is always changing, influenced by growing older and the introduction of coloring in the lines. Soon, by believing that lines must be straight, boxes must be cubes, and colors cannot run, the world becomes black and white. Our paint brushes become pens and color palettes reduced to blue, black, and hopefully not red. Emotions are converted into faces on a "feelings" magnet attached to the fridge. Yet, it is so simple to shift; remember, it all began with a simple belief. Blink. What was once a geometrical problem which wasn't painted in all the way can become emotion dissected and connected by lines which fashion shapes full of water color to inspire reflection. So remember to rub your eyes when you awaken; stir up a world of color.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

self integration

depression sinking
dark and deep
space falls infinitely
i am so small
frightened mind
this vision is not comfort

nowadays I focus
with positive momentum
I still my mind more and more
to see how strong
each present moment is

no more this struggle of selves
rest death and destruction in peace

me in my body
trees look upon us
to move

nothing changes
except my visual lens
one perspective to another
a constant realization practice
over and over in each moment
remembering how
I am in this space
right here and right now

Mother stretches out her soul to feed my little branches
She compassionately fills each twig
so sunlight pierces through my star pores
She allows me to fill myself in this space
so finally I feel myself here in body grounded

the art of happiness is found
I feel loved in this space
being held lovingly in Me
this is home
thank you

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Photo Shop

The fact is that no person is perfect. We are given a universal idea of perfection which is contrived. Why spend time and money to become someone you are not. Your imperfections made you who you are though; you are literally one of a kind, like a snowflake. We struggle to look like someone we envy and fail due to the technology which enhances their looks. With the right amount of money or skilled designer, a terrible picture can come out looking perfect. Airbrush for flawless skin. Photo editing programs to enhance the exposure.

Sadly, society then takes it one step further and begins to alter the physical body. Too much weight? No need to work out, just get it removed with surgery. Excessive amount of wrinkles? Easy, use a chemical to look younger. Put it on your face every night.

Now you are getting closer to your dream...right?

planet self-protection

rhythmic moments
thought messages
wisely letting go
releasing is strength
presencing cuddler
love-hugging myself close
pieces of peace emitted by all
tiny-big dreamer gathering
i am whole!

Embedded in a Society

Our parents, if we are fortunate, train us in “right and wrong”. They do it because they are embedded in a society - and they know that we, too, will be embedded in a society. We are not separate; we are in society. And, to be outside of society is not a good thing because we are evolved, designed to be social, to communicate, to think, and to learn. We come into this world with bodies programmed by millions, billions of years of evolution. We are born into human cultures with thousands of years of collective learning. That is our inheritance. Now to use it wisely. 

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

New Beginnings

Second hands
Count second opportunities

Second hands
Count the seconds lost

Second hands
Count down the minutes

Second hands
Count the replacement cost

Flowing Out

flowing out
time's ocean 
emptying out
without limit 

Martin Luther King Jr. ~ Keep Moving Forward

If you can't fly, then run,
if you can't run, then walk,
if you can't walk, then crawl,
but whatever you do,
you have to keep moving forward.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.