Category Archive: Awareness

Apr 22

TREE FRIENDS I HAVE KNOWN

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I would like to pay tribute to the trees in my life.  They have been stalwart supports that have served to ground and memorialize milestones in my brief existence on this planet.   So often there has been a particular tree that would insist itself into my awareness each time I passed it in the course …

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Feb 26

WALKING AS MEDICINE, WALKING AS REVELATION

Those who know me will understand my dismay and even disdain over not being able to take a walk.  Yet that was what I was confronted with.

Feb 12

PLAYING IN THE BAND

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Many years back I found myself hanging out in the mountains of Kashmir in the village of Aru.  This place was situated along the pilgrimage route to Amarnath Cave where hundreds of thousands of people trek each year to receive blessings from the naturally self created Shiva Lingam.  However what I wish to share with …

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Jan 15

THE MAGIC OF PLACE (Visiting the Taj Mahal)

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Places have a power that can be revealed depending on how we show up.  What is required is the suspension of our usual ways of making sense of things.  Rather than the grasping at information there is this invitation to allow things to come to you.   I’ve been reflecting on what should be my …

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Dec 18

CHILDHOOD LANDSCAPES REVISITED

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I was recently back on, what use to be, my home turf.  The holidays provided an opportunity to visit family and friends.  I had the good fortune to spend time with my Mom and sleep in the house where I grew up.  This afforded me the opportunity to walk around the neighborhood.  I often do …

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Nov 27

MAKING TRANSITIONS

The very nature of journeying involves making transitions and they are always challenging.  Transitions impose a discontinuity in our experiencing.  Something gets disrupted in order to allow for something else to happen.  And in such a disconnection we become vulnerable.  This was brought home to me recently.

Nov 13

THE WORLD AS GYMNASIUM

  In contrast to many travelers I didn’t ‘hit the road’ until much later in my life.  Sure I had some occasional experiences traveling with family or joining some program that required some extended travel.  However, my first ‘real’ forays into independent travel didn’t materialize until I decided to travel to India for initially three …

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Oct 30

THE IMPROVISED JOURNEY

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There is this tension between planning and allowing that occurs when we take a journey.  Clearly most of us create itineraries for a trip we want to make.  There are obvious reasons for this (i.e., consideration of cost, anticipated destinations that are on our bucket lists, constraints of time, who we travel with, and much …

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Oct 16

RE-ENTRY FRICTION AND HOW TO AVOID REJECTION

Space Capsule Re-Entry

Imagine spending time in outer space for an extended time and now you are making your way back home to Mother Earth.  As you begin to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere your space capsule begins to experience resistance to your approach.  Continuing to plummet under the force of gravity this resistance increases and your capsule heats …

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Oct 01

I LIKE TO WALK

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When travel comes to mind most of us think of the type of transport we use to get to a destination.  How often do you see depicted in posters, flyers or what not iconic images of planes, ships, railroad engines, buses and cars.  The idea of being on foot is pretty low on the totem …

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