Awareness Tidbits: Removing Ideas of Good or Bad

In Japan in the monastery I used to go out into the kyudo area behind the Hondo on the free days before the 6pm mandatory dinner. I wanted to take some time to address what was happening inside of me in an unstructured way. Try to allow it to sort out if I gave it…

Little Tidbits from Class: Non-Directed Explorations

Just now in class, at the end with the non-directed standing, I try to let go of my intentions. I try to let go of that “fix-it” head. I try to feel the actual present reality. What is happening?? And my head moves forward on my neck, bobbling over the edge. A little voice says,…

Internal Alchemy: When It is Too Much

A couple of people in my classes have asked what to do when, while doing the Qigong or Zhan Zhuang, the energetic internal process is too much? This is a really good question, and for some people it will make complete sense, while others will have no clue what we are talking about, as we…

Deeper Dimensions of Non-Directed Body Movement

  I have written about Non-Directed Body Movement before.  As I have been teaching more classes lately online, and we’ve been doing it together, I’d like to give a bit more detail of how it helped me and still helps me to go deeper into my process.  I hope it gives some of you permission…

Zen’s Long Slow Humbling Healing Process of the Heart.

In Zen, much of the focus is on doing Tanden energy work.  Please see my article on Tanden to learn about it.  The Tanden work is huge and never ending, but with time and experience, it becomes apparent that we are also doing heart energy work, the long healing process of working out our emotional…

The Importance of Feeling Qi in Qigong

  I’d like to occasionally share little snippets of what comes to mind while practicing in hopes that it might inspire others. When doing energetic practices such as Qigong, I want to emphasize how important it is to feel the Qi.  We must find our own way to engage with this energy.  It is not…

Zen Students Burning Process: Words of Encouragement

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of  Zhan Zhuang, and as I do it, memories of energetic insights, of struggles and specific leaps in practice have been coming back to me from my first couple of years in Zen training.  I think describing some of that feeling will be of value to some training people…

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…

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…