Category Archives: Exploring Buddhism

Reasonable Expectations Verses No Expectations…What Do You Think?

Reasonable expectations verses no expectations…What do you think? Last week I posted a message about green tomatoes and expectations. You have certain expectations for life that life doesn’t always respond to. Like waiting for my green tomatoes to turn red. … Continue reading

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Hummus: Simple, Uncomplicated and Filled With Umami……Um-what?

Hummus is what? Yes, simple and uncomplicated because it’s easy to make with so few ingredients and “umami,” which means “delicious” or “yummy” in Japanese. Yet there’s a little more to umami. Umami is the difficult-to-define “fifth taste”. In the … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Satori Everyday

“Early morning, the orange sun is slowly rising, shining forth in empty luminous clarity. The mind and the sky are one, the sun is rising in the vast space of primordial awareness..[this is] satori or [an] awakening where all of … Continue reading

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5 Ways I Found Balance In Thailand

“What is the intelligent way? Let me tell you how Buddha explained it, doing and non doing…balance is the key.” ~Swami Rajneesh Happy 2013! I just spent two weeks with my family in Thailand… an amazing place! We try to … Continue reading

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Be Your Own Super Hero With The Beginner’s Mind

“See the day as obstacle free with only possibilities.” ~ the Zen Mama A few months ago I was out on the end of our friend’s dock on Shadow Mountain Lake in the mountains of Colorado. Our friend was telling … Continue reading

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Did Getting Mad Find The Sock Any Faster?

“If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot.” ~Korean Proverb All parents have been there. It’s Saturday morning. You’ve got to go to the soccer/lacrosse/football game and there are no socks to be found. It’s especially … Continue reading

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How To Calm Your Monkey Mind

“I am burdened with what the Buddhists call the monkey mind. The thoughts that swing from limb to limb, stopping only to scratch themselves, spit and howl. My mind swings wildly through time, touching on dozens of ideas a minute, … Continue reading

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Let’s All Give It Up For Non Attachment!

“Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering; hence it is the cause of suffering.” ~The Dalai Lama This post started out because I am very attached to a half written post (let’s call it the Force Field Post) that … Continue reading

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The Zen Mama Challenge!

WILL YOU JOIN THE 2011 ZEN MAMA CHALLENGE? Ever heard that it takes 21 days to make a habit? This year I have decided to make some new habits instead of making goals only to be disappointed by the results. … Continue reading

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Sundays In Sedona

I love spending time in Sedona, Arizona. I grew up in Chicago for the first part of my life. Then my parents moved to Sedona 18 years ago. Although this is my parents’ home and not mine, I’ve spent so … Continue reading

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