Spring Internal Cleaning

Thirteenth century Soto Zen Master Dogen suggests, “To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things your body and mind drop away.”  What does that mean? And how is it relevant to Spring cleaning, in this pandemic era? This pandemic is a challenging time for people on many levels. Covid threatens our sense of safety and security. Too many have experienced the coronavirus either directly by being ill with it, or caring for someone…

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Inside

A microscopic virus has shut down societies and economies worldwide.  Mother Nature gave us all a timeout for our global civilization’s greedy behavior.  Survival is the first step, as we try to stay alive, healthy and fed.  Thriving is the next goal.  This lockdown encourages us transform ourselves individually and collectively.  Most of us are staying home 24/7, maybe an hour outside.  Prisoners have the choice whether to reform and rehabilitate themselves, or not.  We have the same choice to make, and some won’t want to learn and grow.  But many…

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Pandemic

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones.  They can't be at the bedside, or have a funeral service.  Thousands of people have died from this virus, millions will catch it and fight for their lives, and billions of people worldwide are locked down.  Many others are bravely risking their lives working in hospitals and other essential jobs, bringing needed supplies to those in lockdown so that we can survive this dangerous pandemic.   The coronavirus has shut down every society and economy worldwide. Mother Nature…

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