Second Breath, Breath of Life: Craniosacral Therapy Meets Zen

“I can say that as the Breath of Life emerges from a depth of Stillness, one experiences heart-opening radiance and compassion, a sense of great spaciousness and peace, a depth of love and interconnection, and a perception of a Presence that seems to enfold, uphold and maintain life.”  Franklyn Sills In this post, I’d like…

Simple Tips: Finding Joy in Daily Practice

My hope is to inspire people to find a way to daily enjoy engaging with their unique inner process.  I’m talking about sitting down and feeling our bodies and being present.  Or maybe, for some, it could be standing still.  Or even with very simple movement. But to find a way to make it their…

Letting the Body Fully Express

Doing internal energy work throughout the day can be really simple.  We can ask ourselves, “How is my body trying to fully express itself energetically right now?” Our bodies are like kinked hoses, and we are kinked where we are mentally and emotionally stuck.  Allowing the body to fully express this energy means learning to…

Zen Dad

Some folks have pointed out to me that I often write glowingly of my time in the Monastery, but they’d like to hear about my time now as a father and husband and householder. I am very grateful for the time living in the monastery in my twenties.  It was like having a huge blank…

Intuition is Becoming What is Happening

I wanted to write a bit about intuition.  And through that explain how becoming what is happening right now is a way to live in a much more connected way. Why are some people more intuitive than others?  How can we be more intuitive in our daily lives?  And how can a certain orientation to…

Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

  I’ve been in a few workshops again recently, and it is very common to have one or two people having really intense internal issues.  The workshops often bring these issues out more intensely than in our normal life.  And this is a real gift.  Often the language used to describe working with this type…

Zen as Primordial Dance Training

  Zen for me was like encountering some carnal primordial dance training.  The whole life was a choreographed dance.  We came to the training, confused, awkward, couldn’t get ourselves going in one direction. We were scattered, lost.  And then we’d see someone wash their bowls, and it was like the world turned to flame.  To…

Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

Today I was listening to Bob Dylan’s lecture to the Nobel foundation (it is a requirement for all winners to give a lecture), hearing him talk about his formative time as an artist, playing music in small venues and on the streets to tiny crowds.  That time shaped his artistic vision, and I was struck…

Breaking Through: Sublime and Natural

Lately, quite a few zen practitioners have asked me about breakthrough.  Is it real?  Is it possible? Does anyone really break through?  What does it mean?  I am writing this post to inspire those who have heard about breakthrough and find it mysterious and seemingly impossible.  I am here to put my two cents in….

Tips for wild energy

I have been in lots of workshops lately involving energy work, and in every workshop there are a couple of people going through some intense energetic issues. There are many forms that these issues take.  From shaking, to headaches, ears ringing, incredible anxiousness, or spontaneous uncontrollable movements.  I usually try to assure them that things…