Magical Morning

This morning’s walk in the woods and along the river was filled with low lying clouds and magical light.  The cool weather has held back the spring growth and I can hardly wait to watch the explosion when things warm up.
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Call Me By My True Names

The reading from class this week exploring ‘self and world.’  From Thich Nhat Han. Call Me by My True Names Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive. Look deeply: I arrive in every second to be a bud on a spring branch, to be a tiny bird, with wings
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Before and After the Flood

The Potomac River volume fluctuates wildly. If you look in the tree branches above Tara (above left and extreme right) you can see some tufts of grass and mud from last year’s flooding.  The water was about eight feet higher than it is now.
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Happy for No Reason: The Rapping Flight Attendant

You have to admire his willingness to hang it out there.  I also appreciate the collaboration of everyone on board. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivjybzdXVmI]
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The Life of the Buddha

It’s easy to forget, when we are caught in the busy-ness of our lives, that we are on a journey.  Though we may not realize it, we are constantly growing, adapting and refining our understanding of what is around us and our relationship to it. In reflecting on the Life of the Buddha and how
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Transition

I am savoring each day here in the woods watching and feeling Spring emerge around me.  I was struck this morning by the textures of transition.  Here last year’s leaves have not yet given way to new growth.
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He Walks

Thank you for the healing thoughts and well-wishing for Hakuna.  The operation seems to have been a success and while he tires easily, his gait looks great and he’s a happy wanderer.
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Who are you REALLY?

Ramana Maharshi claimed you could unveil your true nature by constantly dwelling on the question, “Who Am I?” The practice of self-inquiry has been a doorway to insight for eons.  The more we look, according to both science and Buddhism, the more we into the nature of things. One of the cornerstones in Buddhist practice,
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Happy for No Reason: Viva La Vida

Great close ups.  Great tune and wonderful voices. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_tcE4rWovI&feature=related]
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Pain and the Second Arrow

Since the topic of suffering is a constant in Buddhist teachings, I thought I’d mention how my dog is doing.  His relationship to pain is so much different than mine. Three years ago in a fit of irrational exuberance, he took off chasing some deer in the Maryland woods and launched himself off a dry
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First Bug of 2009

I just have to chronicle this.  The first bug of 2009.  Actually, there were a lot of them down by the river yesterday.  Lots of birds diving and skimming the surface of the river catching the first fresh food of the spring.  This is taken with my iphone … not great quality.
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Happy for No Reason: Bluung!

Some of the most popular viral videos are of laughing babies.  This is one of the most viewed. Why are we as humans so entranced by these?  There is something here in the joyful absurdity of it all that touches the heart and alters the moment. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6UU6m3cqk&feature=related]
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