Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Here and Now

From http://www.thechicclassmate.com/2012/06/here-and-now.html

Sunday, January 26, 2020

River of Thoughts

a river of thoughts flowing
through my days
returning to the ocean
never ending, always waving

Friday, January 24, 2020

Subterranean Powers

Subterranean powers run our lives. We are not really in control of ourselves and destinies as much as we think. The illusion is that we have conscious control over our lives; the reality is that our preferences, desires, goals, objectives, loves, hates, etc. are all affected and determined by "forces" inside of us evolving along with our bodies over millions of years. Sometimes, I think that these "forces" are the real expression of God (and that they actually help us understand what God is as an actor in the universe). But perhaps it's best to just live with the mystery of it all.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Life's Breath

Life plays us like flutes. The flute's openings are mind, intellect and the five senses. With egos put aside - these flute openings become pure. Life's breath passes freely though us. Our lives become harmonic.  

Image from http://www.oldworldmusicandgifts.com/img/flutesmall.jpg  

Thursday, January 16, 2020


 The mystery and secret of life. Learning to be. Relaxing into this present moment. A metaphor for living well.  

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Don't Pick the Flowers Today

Please don't pick the flowers today
Stop the destruction now
Let everything live and die
    for good purpose
Eat the flowers if you need food
    But don't condemn the
    flowers to decoration - it is
    life that must give life 

One Step in Mindfulness

"Taking even one step in mindfulness
can benefit all beings on Earth."
                        -- Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, January 10, 2020

Berkeley Farmers' Market (Published May 30th 2012)

Walked into the Tuesday Berkeley Farmers' Market. The day was wonderful. The atmosphere peaceful and healthy. Talked with farmers and musicians. So real. So good. 

Begin Again

Could I begin again, 

as if this is the first day?
Could God the Omnipotent
redo the creation -
and again say
"Let there be light"?

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Green Oak

Green oak tree in desert
Oasis waters all around
Children holding hands
Singing "To life, to life"

Monday, January 06, 2020

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Ecstasy of Learning

"If you're not having fun, you are not learning." That was my teaching motto during first lecture of Data Base Theory and Administration at Golden Gate University. Fun and learning go together. Children at play learn effortlessly. School gets too serious and we forget that learning is a natural human pleasure. Life itself is the school. During class a student suddenly echoed back: "If you're not having fun, you are not learning!"

Learning is ecstasy - naturally moving us outside ourselves. We are born learners. Humans learned to live on land, the sea surface and underwater, and outer space. There is a pleasure in learning about anything. In extending ourselves personally and collectively into new frontiers.

If you want to stay young keep learning something new everyday. Open up a different kind of magazine. Keep changing the environment what you're looking at so that your mind works at mastering new vistas. You're old when you can't be bothered learn new things.