18 November 2013 Today is a good day. I was blessed this morning with the opportunity to attend an opening ceremony given by seven Tibetan monks, as they prepared to create a Peace Sand Mandala over the next four days. The monks come from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery, Dehra Dun, India. The monks will consecrate the site of the mandala with chants, music and mantra recitation.... read more
I am posting to my blog as my morning writing practice today. When Susan Piver came to Karmê Chöling to teach a writing and meditation program last year, I was able to take time away from the kitchen to participate. So every morning I sit in meditation and follow with one or two pages of writing. The participants of the writing class were encouraged to start a blog, so here I am 8 months later, manifesting that suggestion. So here I sit, writing and wondering what will come out. Will it be fit to print? Will it be something too personal to share? What determines those guidelines? I suppose it is me who sets them. And from what I see on the internet there appear to be few if any limitations or guidelines. The world is wide open and I can present whatever comes to mind. Writing is such a personal act. And, it is a very human expression. But then, sometimes it is like an otherworldy act as well…where do these words and thoughts come from? Am I just channeling what I am given to say? There are many times when I write something, find it later, and wonder if I actually wrote it. Especially when I think it is good writing. So, is it a transmission of something important to say, or am I just that good of a writer? As I read this last line, does that mean I deny my ability to write well? Or am I accepting that there are other voices to be heard that are unable to write this way, and I am... read more
Contemplations and Reflections on those spaces where we witness life within and around us.