All in a Name

Once my name was Playing with Words Yesterday my name was Anxious about the Virus Today my name is Squirrels Spiraling in Spring’s Green Tomorrow my name will be Safely Venturing Out Secretly my name is Likes Wine Too Much I want my name to be All Is Impermanent Photo by Brecht Denil courtesy of … More All in a Name

As We Wait

While plunked down in stillness when I want to keep moving I find it’s a grand time to remind myself to notice the layers and layers of now Like the lawns flocked with shadows, clouds covering clouds, and maybe the crescendo of katydid calls all harmonizing in complex moments with my heartbeat and my breath … More As We Wait

For the Time Being

For the time being practice being time live the moment you find you’re in as thoroughly as possible You might be in a mundane Monday unclogging the kitchen sink that’s a good time to practice embracing unpleasant moments And if you feel you’re wasting time in a queue at the DMV notice the moment’s usefulness … More For the Time Being

No Time

I don’t have time I only have this moment as each moment is a when through which time flows I can’t save time I only have this moment as each moment dissipates as it arises I can’t waste time I only have this moment as each moment comes regardless of my actions I have no … More No Time

Are We There Yet?

So often car trips are sprinkled with back seat travelers asking, “Are we there yet?” In our family the running joke to answer that question was always, “We’re here now.” Of course that didn’t answer the essence of the question about the destination, but did emphasize the value of the journey. I took this photo … More Are We There Yet?

Taste Time

Don’t save time; be time, taste time Time is inescapable, like gravity and aging, so savor time all along the way  Where is that self I almost forgot I knew? Did I get buried in the ruckus? Drown in the river of busyness?  Maybe if I’m still I can feed on nothing moments overlooked along … More Taste Time

Retirement

Because I want to set my own goals while watching sunrise with coffee and dharma Because I want time for my writing and reading and to meditate by the front window Because I prefer loose schedules and naps and cooking homemade soups Because I enjoy long walks by the lake hoping to see a blue … More Retirement

How to Elude Ennui

Avoiding time-wasting activities is about as likely as escaping gravity We find ourselves being where we don’t want to be stuck in traffic, waiting in line, wanting the meeting to end Yet gridlocked time can be a small gift Precious moments for coming alive Time we are given to taste the present like savoring rich … More How to Elude Ennui

On Time

Time, like weather is capricious we cannot possess the weather nor can we possess time Time cannot be banked like money or hoarded like collectibles all we have is this one moment We can possess intentions, however like owning a car or a sweater if an intention doesn’t suit our needs, we can just let … More On Time