I am in week 3 of a Contemplative Photography class at the Houston Zen Center. I signed up for the class on a whim; I receive regular emails about events at the Center, and for some reason this one caught my eye. The class is not about photography technique. (I am using my iPhone.) It’s… Continue reading A Flash of Perception
Happy New Year, everyone! I wanted to share a few sentences from Melody Beattie’s Journey to the Heart with you. This is one of my favorite books. It’s subtitled Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul. Each day contains a short, well-written, thoughtful message to contemplate. I love it and highly recommend it. Here… Continue reading Honor the Beginning
This journey has taken me many places, but ultimately it’s a journey to the heart. To my heart. As I described in my About section, Pique is a blog for those of us who are seeking personal transformation without personal tragedy. Those of us who have spent the first half of our lives achieving and… Continue reading Who We Are and Why We’re Here
We have become time masochists, robbing ourselves of the opportunity to live more meaningful lives. We live in sound bites. Tweets. Instant messages. We’re irked we have to wait 10 seconds to buy things with our new smart chip cards. I read recently that the average person’s attention span is less than three minutes, and… Continue reading Time to Think. Time to Feel. Time to Create.
It’s only fitting that I began my meditation practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Meditation is about letting go. Oddly, Tuscaloosa has become my place to let go. In August 2014, I left a piece of my heart there, when I dropped off my only child at college. Three weeks later, at Parents Weekend, I left my… Continue reading Taming the Monkeys: Unraveling the Mysteries of Meditation
I’ve reached that age where I fantasize about writing my younger self a letter. Now that I’ve done some living, I wish I could somehow impart some of my learnings, ok, my wisdom, on my younger self. I have thought about all the things I could have done differently, yet I have few regrets. (There… Continue reading Right Here. Right Now.