Note to Self: Smell Roses

It was nearly 9 o’clock before I realized I had not spent one mindful moment since I pulled myself out of bed at 4. From the second my feet touched the cold, wood floor, I’d been “on.” On autopilot, I suppose: brush teeth, pull on sweatshirt (and socks for cold feet), turn on computer, make […]

Monday Morning Realignment

Last night was movie night. Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons was on AMC, and I couldn’t resist an evening with Tom Hanks and a bowl of caramel popcorn. But it wasn’t quite as good as I hoped — the caramel popcorn was so sweet, I could feel the sugar coursing through my veins all night. […]

Be the Buddha, Lola

Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the comtemplative life. (S)He regards 
the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha.
 — Andrew Lang
 • • • ©2013, Photo by MaryAnne Siok

Building Wings

One of my favorite blogs is a Tumbler blog by poet Shinji Moon called The Cinnamon Peeler’s Wife. With the same beauty and rich sensuality as its namesake poem by Michael Ondaatje, Shinji’s thoughts and writings speak to the very depths of my soul. In recent months, her blog has inspired me to write poetry, […]

To Actually Be Present

A friend and I were talking over lunch last week about life and health, work and family. “Best to make the most of it,” I said. “You could get hit by a bus tomorrow,” she added with a smirk. We do smirk when we say that, don’t we? As it leaves our lips, it seems […]

On a Frog Meditating

Teach me how to do that gentle soul who sits quietly softly still. Do frogs even have To Do lists? • • • ©2013, words and photos, Jen Payne

Read More: Journey of Awakening

Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook by Ram Dass FROM GOODREADS: Ram Dass is an American psychologist and spiritual teacher who has studied and practiced meditation for many years. Here he shares his understanding and explores the many paths of meditation — from mantra, prayer, singing, visualizations, and “just sitting” to movement meditations such as […]