Tag Archives: meditation

I love writing on the blackboard!

Not a white board. Not a green board. It has to be a black board. And the board has to be super clean. Not erased with a lot of chalk residue and pentimento all over it. There is something so … Continue reading

Posted in school, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

In the Table: Kare-sansui

JB arranged his version of a Kare-sansui in the table. It includes a paper sculpture he created. The word Kare-sansui 枯山水 literally means “dry landscape garden” and refers to what is more commonly labeled as the zen garden where features like … Continue reading

Posted in garden, Japan | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

State of meditation lasting 1,000 years

This 1000 year old Chinese bronze sculpture of Buddha holds more than is obvious to the naked eye. It holds the mummified remains of the Buddhist monk Liuquan, a master of the Chinese Meditation School, at least this is who … Continue reading

Posted in Buddha | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Reserve of gracefulness

Today I learned the last of the movements in the T’ai chi form. Actually I have really completed only half of the movements because to do the whole exercise, all the movements need to be reversed and completed on the opposite … Continue reading

Posted in exercise | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Ten thousand times and much more slowly”

“Ten thousand times and much more slowly.” These are the words of my qigong and T’ai chi teacher. It is often the intent of exercise in our culture to work quickly, working up a sweat, getting the heart rate to speed … Continue reading

Posted in exercise | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Inhale. Exhale. Calm.

It started during Qigong class, between the “The Jade Plate Receives the Morning Dew” and “Looking at the Lotus Flower in the Clear Pond.” Because the classroom has mirrors on two sides, I was watching myself, as I usually do, … Continue reading

Posted in aging, exercise | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Maybe the island is enough

Bedroom finished (well, almost).  The walls are painted. Sitting space in the bedroom formalized. A new rug on the floor. New light plates. Overhead fan dusted. File cabinets emptied and cabinet removed. Lots of trash thrown away– old bills; old notes … Continue reading

Posted in centering, mindfulness, transformation | Tagged , , | 3 Comments