All Journal Entries by monica c

April 13, 2014
The news arrived a week ago that author and Zen teacher, Peter Matthiessen had died. As he makes the journey onward, I offer profound gratitude to him for his writing, for his activism, and for his teaching. Beyond dharma, he taught a simple...
Religion & Spirituality     Comment (1)     Link
February 23, 2014
Real Happiness at Work Day 23 So why do we do this?  Why do we take time out to sit on a cushion in silence?
Meditation Practice     Link
February 16, 2014
The workplace is like an incubator for the ego. The fact that we care about our work means that we often become identified with it. Our sense of self-worth can become wrapped up in it, even if the job is not our chosen field or career, but just a...
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February 9, 2014
Any discussion of Real Happiness at Work for me would be remiss without a mention of TRAFFIC. When I remarried five years ago, I relocated to my partner’s home across town, which puts me squarely in the jaws of the nation’s worst traffic as I trek...
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February 2, 2014
I have "monkey mind." This phrase is used in Buddhist terminology to describe that state of distractible, chattering mind that many of us discover when we start to meditate and try to calm our thought processes.
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November 29, 2013
We’ve survived another Thanksgiving.
Buddhism, Meditation Practice, Nutrition & Body Wellness, Religion & Spirituality     Link
December 16, 2012
We do not like to think of children suffering or dying. But they do.
Religion & Spirituality     Comment (3)     Link
October 30, 2012
I just wanted to share Maia Duerr's beautiful piece form the Liberated Life Project. It's hard to put words to this morning's experience of the hurricane that swept through so many of our lives yesterday ("impermanence" rings through my mind...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
April 28, 2012
went to post a comment on Lodro Rinzler's  Jay-Z post, but the conversation is closed (??). 
Arts and Media     Comment (3)     Link
February 14, 2012
Love Sonnet #17 Pablo Neruda read by the Malis...   edit: adding the English text, a friend just sent to me... * I do not love you as if you were salt-rose,...
Arts and Media     Link
July 25, 2011
May 2, 2011
"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind." -Gandhi Osama Bin Laden is dead.
Activism and Politics     Link
April 6, 2011
Revolution in The Middle East, the lengthening struggle for freedom in Tibet, Ai Weiwei taken into detention in China over the weekend...
March 22, 2011
A friend just posted this on twitter, and i thought i'd share it, seeing as some of the states are in one of those teacher bashing modes, down on their unions, etc. Here's to all the crazy wisdom out there, and all the teachers who wake...
Activism and Politics     Comment (1)     Link
March 2, 2011
Death. Maybe all religions were invented to deal with this basic dilemma, sitting right in the middle of the room with us at all times, like a huge, silent tiger, staring us balefully in the eyes. Could we ever not be afraid of it? Certainly our...
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February 20, 2011
Arizona wants to ban the law of karma?? This would be funny if it weren't so just plain weird, and part of a larger element of tragedy and general bizarreness going on in Arizona lately. Link to The Worst Horse article, picked up by...
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January 19, 2011
  "Wildness is the state of complete awareness. That's why we need it." -Gary Snyder
December 30, 2010
  "Today, like every other day, we wake up  empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.   Let the beauty we love be what we do.  there are...
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October 9, 2010
In my fifth grade art class we had an impromptu discussion yesterday about how school is filled with the expectation that the students "know things," and how that can make them afraid to be ok with "not knowing." The pressure...
September 29, 2010
This summer I attended the Symposium for Socially Engaged Western Buddhism organized by Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers at the Zen House in Montague, Massachusetts. It was an amazing experience well beyond my ability to describe with words...

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