trust the Spirit, God, Nature

The Buddha said that life is suffering, and this suffering is caused by  rejection of what is. That is not to say that we should not change our situation or we should not want. Paradoxically accepting what is allows us to change the future much better. Now the old post: As I was driving my […]

Accept what is

Accept whatever is. You cannot do otherwise. You can only imagine that you are resisting what is. This comes from one of my mentors Dick Sutprhen. He quotes the Buddha when he says that all human problems arise from not accepting whatever is. As the serenity Prayer says, “Lord, grant me the courage to change […]

Use downtime in a positive way

I have not been writing as much as I would like recently because I’m doing some software engineering projects and I have been busy. The day before yesterday I went out to run some errands and potentially buy a more powerful computer for my project. The very first traffic light was red and it took […]

Acceptance as responsibility

Continuing our series on responsibility we get to acceptance of whatever is. We defined responsibility as the ability to respond to whatever is. Therefor you may think that acceptance is the opposite of responsibility. However, acceptance is not passive but the first stage to change. It appears contradictory but it is in reality a paradox […]

What does it mean to accept and forgive

I am currently purging myself by doing one of the worst jobs in the world. The job I’m doing has a reputation somewhere bellow that of crooks, lawyers and politicians (is there much of a difference) and child molesters. I’m selling cars. One of my coworkers is a prototypical used car sales person. He has […]

How to deal with adversities

Adversities and negative events are facts of life. As the Buddha said life is suffering. As is written in A Course in Miracles Workbook, “There are no small upsets.” That is to say adversities and negative events bother us in an accumulated way so that ultimately they can wear us down unless we do something […]

Meditate on your breath

Yesterday I wrote about meditation. I mentioned that basically you concentrate on an object and you do not try to do anything and sooner or later your mind will wonder from the object of concentration and you simply return you mind back to the object of concentration. Meditating on your breath is derived from Zen […]

Oh, but it tastes so delicious

A man is minding his own business, not harming anyone when he hears an angry roar from behind. He starts running away from the terrifying scream. Soon in the distance he sees a hungry tiger chasing him. He continues to sprint away as fast as he can and gets to a precipice. The tiger leaps […]