Archive | October, 2014

Prayers for Food: Remembering the People, Animals and Resources Involved in Our Food

“Wisely reflecting, I use this food not for fun, not for pleasure, not for fattening, not for beautification, but only for the maintenance and nourishment of this body, for keeping it healthy, for helping with the Spiritual Life; Thinking thus, I will allay hunger without overeating, so that I may continue to live blamelessly and more »

ART IS LIFE (Black Umbrellas and Objects that Shriek-Magritte’s Gift)

Saw Magritte at the Art Institute yesterday. Now every single thing I see is art. “In pictures I show objects in situations in which we would never encounter them. This fulfills a real, but perhaps unconscious desire in one who habitually sees objects, to make every day objects shriek out loud.”- Rene’ Magritte The foggy more »

The Second Happiness Habit. Do One Thing AND Do It SLOWLY

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Thich Naht Hanh Last week, I took on the zen habit of doing one thing at a time. When I washed the dishes, I paid attention to washing the dishes, when I hiked, I did not talk on the phone. It was challenging and I failed far more times than more »

Chop Wood Carry Water. Practice. (How to Live Life Like a Happy Monk)

While editing My Wish for the second printing (we sold out!), I was researching the 227 rules for monastics. I came across some beautifully written summaries for us common folk. I’m posting one rule at a time, with an invitation: Follow one rule for a week, then add a second,then a third, etc. I’ll post more »

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