What Do You Look At But Don’t See?

  We are staying at a cabin in Central Oregon, amongst the Ponderosa Pines and beside a fast-running creek, that joins the Metolius River.  The smell of pine is so pervasive I feel intoxicated and slightly giddy as I watch the water.  I’m pretending that I need  to memorize the sights, sounds, and smells.  It is part of my practice to …

A Hacked Computer Unmasks the Ego

My computer was hacked!   Being hacked brought back those anxious thoughts that sat in the back of my mind and would come wriggling to the surface like those huge worms after a rainstorm.  “Will I get hacked?  How does it happen?   How will I know I’ve been hacked?  How do you deal with it?” Well, my wriggling worries, came to pass.  Luckily, …

Assessments

There’s a saying that what annoys you about others maybe a reflection of you.  I was reminded of that (painfully) a few nights ago.  I’ve volunteered to serve on a committee that is planning a conference in the spring. The first thirty minutes of the meeting were productive.   Participants were discussing the information the chair had prepared, asking clarifying questions, …

Do You Know What Your Brain Is Doing?

Have you tried to meditate, been frustrated by the constant dialogue in your mind and labelled yourself a failure (or perhaps un-enlightened)?  Have you tried to develop a new skill only to be inundated with the negative assessments of your Inner Critic?   What do you tell yourself when you are operating with the incompetence of a beginner? I’ve gotten …