What to they mean, “In the Zone?” Have you been in the Zone, doing what you love, or whatever it is you’re best at? Maybe it’s running, playing music, or maybe making stock trades. We can be so far into what we’re doing that we lose ourselves in it, so that the task seems to be doing itself through us, and we’re in kind of a high, even intoxicated as we observe it all happening. People have been looking at just what this is for a longer time than most of us know – from the early-ancient philosophers to the latest neuro-science research teams. What have we learned? How can we use it? Continue reading “In the Zone! Ooo-Wee! Mastery, Mindfulness and Wu-Wei.”
In a story I read recently a woman was overwhelmed by the realities of just being a mom. Her child was having one of his “moments” in a public park. Her other children were waiting in line, so to speak, for the attention they needed. The same issues rolled in on her. How long would this last? How could she calm her child? How was she being seen by the other mamas in the park, whose own days out were being disturbed by all this? Another lady offered to help. What was she really offering, she wondered, pat answers, shaming remarks, or more of the “if only” advice she’d grown to dread?
She was amazed to find none of this – only someone willing to be of service to her in whatever form was needed. Continue reading “Being Everything by Being Nothing”
“How can we know what the future will hold, Athair?” Æthelrad was confused. “What is my destiny, and how can I know who to marry? One is beautiful, one rich, and one virtuous, but which will be the wife for me?
“There is no ‘future,’ as you call it, child. Have I not taught you at all?”
“Yes, Master. ‘There are only possibilities, and we ourselves must choose which is to become.’ You have told me this, but how can we travel a path if we don’t even know where it leads?” Continue reading “Æethelrad’s Dice”
On a farm commune some years ago a friend was looking at a forest and said, “behold, the ego-less.” This inspired me, but I didn’t really understand. I had read D. T. Suzuki, Alan Watts, and others. They spoke of a Zen mind, of giving up one’s self, of being “ego-less.” What did that really mean? How could I be free of ego aside from being free from my own self – to stop being me. If you’re not you, who are you? Continue reading “Spiritual, or Mental?”
The Way. That’s the Tao, right? Are there two taos? Or possibly more? We speak of the Tao as the Way of the universe – its purpose, or its principle, or even the guiding hand behind and through it all. Everything in the universe has its own purpose, though, and its own principle. A dog has a dog-ness that no cat can have, and a river has a river-ness different from a tree or a mountain. You have a human-ness that is special to human beings, and a you-ness that is only yours. Continue reading “Standing in my Own Way”