Sometimes faith is hard.Sometimes hope wears thin.Sometimes we don’t reveal The bowl we are holding is shattered. Browsing the different timelines, I see anger, frustration, and bravado. I see the noisy go quiet, and I see the quiet sniping. I see people with good hearts growing bitter with the world. I see people hunting for… Continue reading The Begging Bowl, or Don’t Suffer Alone
What do you call “binge watching” when you’re not quite watching? When it’s simply your background noise of choice? Over the last few days, I’ve had the 2014-2015 TV series, “Manhattan” (Wikipedia link), streaming from Hulu in the background. It’s the dramatized story of an intensely emotional time, blazing resolve, fiery patriotism, unlimited budgets, brilliant… Continue reading The Manhattan Project, 9/11-Style
Taken from the Fediverse timeline, Stream of Consciousness without Context, after an evening walk and cool-down meditation on the patio. In my Fediverse timeline, I went to what was missing. At the muted account’s profile page, I saw a term I did not recognize. A covert search brought disparate results, but one did catch my… Continue reading Late Night Chat with a Passing Storm
Browsing the Fediverse streams this morning, watching the different characters go about their business, I encountered a few flamboyant characters and a few choice posts that caught my attention and seemed to strike a chord. It was then that I recalled that expository “Woman in the Red Dress” scene from “The Matrix,” where a Neo… Continue reading How Would You Reinterpret “The Matrix” Today?
Thumb to the screen, “Let there be Light!” You’re sitting back, thumbing through the timeline and reading about an early success against what appears to be an extraordinary evil. The horror emerged as you predicted. No one listened when you warned them. The ways you said people should organize and the skills you said they… Continue reading A Ghost in the Machine, or the Creation of Adam?
Begin with something “simple,” such as the six-count jo kata. Work precisely, by the numbers. Pay attention to your posture, breathing, and control. Gradually ~ though still slowly ~ keep the staff and your self in motion with intention, even if only internally. Envision your new target. Envision an incoming attack. Improvise ~ let the… Continue reading Ki Flow with the Jo
The following is from a free-form thread of zen-heavy twitter-like posts — just what came to mind while sitting quietly in reflection late at night after a day of tending to some tasks, watching the news, and reading some others’ reflections. Maybe the random material, habitually gathered, would all be reconciled in our dreams as… Continue reading An Evening Meditation, Apparently on Death, Probably on Life
I have encountered a doctrinal shadow — an adherent of a book — lost inside the words and what he knows they mean. A team of small ants invades where the cutting board was left out. What could one’s hands and eyes believe as they work to purify the space for our meal? We’ve borne… Continue reading Lectio Divina, Browsing Your Timeline
The universe ~ infinitely hinting. The mind ~ making connections, always drawing conclusions. Alas, the universe is not always the universe and the mind does lie. How can we know the truth? When a flower appears, let it be a flower. When a bee appears, let it be a bee. When sitting in the garden,… Continue reading Truth and Coffee in the Garden before the Rain
I was sitting in my easy chair, the You Tube queue playing beneath the background noise, when I heard the sound of the dishwasher running in the kitchen and noticed my empty plate beside me. “F*ck… Why didn’t my wife check in here before starting the machine and heading off to bed?” The old floor… Continue reading Duk Sahn’s Bowl, 2021 Edition