About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... I like to spread wisdom.

A good day to me is when ... People meditate.

My hero in life is ...Buddha

My favorite book is ...Dancing with Stillness, by Adyashanti

One thing I'm grateful for is ... The ability to be still.

It Doesn't Matter If You Believe In It

Feb 18, 2019 This week's Awakin reading is by Kazu Haga titled 'It Doesn't Matter If You Believe In It': Gravity is a universal law of nature. It doesn't matter if you believe in gravity. You are still governed by its laws, and there is no way for you to escape it. The laws of gravity govern human bodies and celestial bodies. Nonviolence, to me, is an explanation and an articulation of the universal laws of conflict. It doesn't matter if you believe in it. You are still governed by its laws, and there is no way for you to escape it. The laws of human conflict govern interpersonal conflict and global conflict. To me it doesn't matter if you think you can use violence to achieve a just society. The violence you use or the violence that is internal to your movement will be reflected in the change you bring about, because that is a universal law of nature. I believe that it doesn't matter if you think hatred and resentment ... [Read more]

What I Learned From Trees

Feb 10, 2019, 4 smiles This week's Awakin reading is by Herman Hesse titled 'What I Learned From Trees': For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.  Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings ... [Read more]

We Contain Multitudes

Feb 03, 2019, 2 smiles This week's Awakin reading is by Chad Dickerson titled 'We Contain Multitudes': Walt Whitman once wrote, "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" It’s possible to be a person with all of a multitude of experiences all at the same time. You can be a kid barely removed from a trailer park with an illiterate grandfather and disruptive mental illness in your family and go to Duke and study Shakespeare and build a successful career and eventually go to New York City and take a company public as a CEO. I actually think we would be better served if we had more people in leadership positions in public and private life who have known what it’s like to be broke, to see the tragedy of a grandfather reaching the end of his life not knowing how to read, to win admission to a fancy school and feel like you shouldn’t be there at first but then ... [Read more]

Generosity Helps Us Accept Change

Jan 27, 2019 This week's Awakin reading is by Sharon Salzberg titled 'Generosity Helps Us Accept Change': The aim of practicing generosity is twofold, or else it’s an incomplete experience. The first aim is to free our minds from the conditioned forces that bind and limit us. Craving, clinging and attachment bring confinement and lack of self-esteem. If we’re always looking for some person or thing to complete us, we miss the degree to which we are complete in every moment. It’s a bit like leaning on a mirage only to find that it can’t hold us; there’s nothing there. When we are continually moved by looking for the next experience and the next pleasure, it’s like going from one mirage to another. We have no security. Nothing is holding us up. We practice generosity to free the mind from that delusion, to weaken the forces of craving and clinging so we can find essential happiness. We also practice generosity to free others, to extend welfare and happiness to all ... [Read more]

Green Mountains Are Forever Walking

Jan 20, 2019 This week's Awakin reading is by Subhana Barzaghi titled 'Green Mountains Are Forever Walking': I've been fascinated by this process of birth and death.  I was a midwife for seven years, delivering babies in the bush and it was always a great privilege and honor to be invited to a birth.  I had many wonderful experiences there.  One thing I remember about these births is the energy and excitement, the focus and attention at the moment the baby comes out.  At that moment, the baby is often blue and it does not breathe for a few moments.  Everybody in the room solemnly looks at this tiny creature and waits for it to breathe and all the adults in the room are holding their breath.  I would then say to everyone, "Breathe!  How is this poor little creature going to learn how to breathe if we are all  holding our breath?"  That precious moment seems like an eternity, when we are waiting for the baby ... [Read more]

Signals Even GPS Cannot Detect

Jan 13, 2019 This week's Awakin reading is by Aylie Baker titled 'Signals Even GPS Cannot Detect': Returning to the US was always hard for me, in part because I began to notice how GPS technology was eroding what was left of our wayfinding capabilities. In the spring of 2013, I flew from Palau back to New York City, and I remember walking out of the subway on a starry night and struggling to break free of the shuffling crowd, because everyone was looking down at the maps on their phones. I started to read more about celestial navigation and the maritime history of the Atlantic, wanting to understand how we had come to abandon the stars and choose such a different way of moving through the world. My partner Miano often says that before modern technology, we were all moved by nature. And he’s right. I think we forget that. [...] Technologies themselves did not lead us astray, but our impulse to develop, adopt, and rely on ... [Read more]

Two Kinds Of Resistance

Jan 06, 2019, 3 comments, 1 smiles This week's Awakin reading is by Rhonda Fabian titled 'Two Kinds Of Resistance': The light begins its slow return to places in the North, and today a new year begins. Some people are saying it is already “too late” – climate chaos, species loss, war, disparity – that we have gone too far, the darkness is too profound. We, however, believe no darkness is so profound that a single candle cannot dispel it. The Buddha’s teaching on light and darkness is simple: they depend on each other for their existence. Like ‘above and below’, ‘left and right’, ‘birth and death’ – take one away and its partner ceases to be. They do not have a separate self – and neither do we. Each of us is composed of many elements – our ancestors, DNA, what we consume, our relationships, and our actions. Maybe somewhere in the world, our ‘opposite’ also exists. Anger, outrage, despair, fear – these are common responses to the injustices we see around us. We want ... [Read more]

How Observation Changes Relationships

Dec 16, 2018, 1 smiles This week's Awakin reading is by Vimala Thakar titled 'How Observation Changes Relationships': When we sit in silence what do we do? We sit and observe the voluntary and involuntary activities of the body and mind. Slowly the voluntary activities come to an end, but the involuntary activities we have inherited from birth, from our family, religion, race, nationality -which fill the mind – go on, and we sit and observe their unfoldment. Since we are used to working all the time we may find it difficult at first to sit quiet, or the body may fall asleep due to accumulated fatigue. If it happens it is desirable to rest the body for a few days until it is fresh again. While you sit in silence, thoughts will arise, as the mind has been working for 24 hours. The thoughts cannot be suppressed nor can they be thrown away anywhere, you can only watch them, not naming them as good or bad. Then you ... [Read more]

Three Stages Of Perceiving Impermanence

Dec 09, 2018 This week's Awakin reading is by Shinzen Young titled 'Three Stages Of Perceiving Impermanence': Impermanence is just appreciating the normal changing-ness of each experience at deeper levels of poignancy. One way to think about this is in terms of three aspects of impermanence: the trivial, the harsh, and the blissful. At first, impermanence may present itself in a kind of trivial way. For example, you are meditating, and you start feeling an itch. You get preoccupied with it for a while. Then something distracts you, and when you come back, the itch is gone. You didn't actually feel it go, you are just aware that something previously present is now absent. Your attention was broken, but you still noticed that something changed. This level of understanding impermanence is based on a lack of continuous concentration. A deeper appreciation of impermanence comes about through continuous concentration. As your concentration skills grow, and you are able to focus on things more continuously without being distracted, you begin to ... [Read more]

The New And Ancient Story Of Interbeing

Dec 02, 2018 This week's Awakin reading is by Charles Eisenstein titled 'The New And Ancient Story Of Interbeing': Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to Life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of blind chemical processes of evaporation and condensation? Or is it to water life? Why do you seek to pour forth your song? Is it to show off your genetic fitness to attract a mate, or is it to contribute to a more beautiful world? We may fear those first answers but it is the second that carries the ring of truth. Every culture, as far as I know, has something that I call a Story of the World. That story is a weave of myths, meanings, narratives, words, symbols, rituals, and agreements that together define the world. That story tells us who we are, how to be a man or a woman, what ... [Read more]