A Not Necessarily Unnecessary Bliss

I’ve never been a big bliss junkie.  Looking back now, I see that bliss came naturally, so it’s easy to dismiss. And orgasms? Oh yeah. Good at those, thank you for asking. But bliss for no damn good reason? Early on, once I learned Buddhist meditation, I immediately began having blissful episodes. I figured they were tied to the meditation …

The Descent of Saraswati or: Scheduling in Avoiding my Schedule

I’m coming to the end of my week of sitting in solitude amongst the trees, and to my surprise what came forward this trip was not a deep sink into the unknown, the vast spaciousness, the structure-less depths of Being. Yeah, yeah, that was there. It always is. But what reeeeally came forward is this: I’ve never been on that …

Watching Trees

I’m going away soon to a secluded area to spend about a week in solitude. I’ll sit in nature, watch the trees move in the wind, and just be. Living in one of the most crowded and bustling neighborhoods in Los Angeles, this is deeply needed. Recently, there was such a movement through me. There has been a lot of …

Here You Are (Even If You Wish You Weren’t)

Working in entertainment, and working with spiritual practitioners, I’ve found the same thing. Everyone thinks they’re supposed to be somewhere different, experiencing something different, and being different. Where the hell do we all think we’re supposed to be?  This is the malady that the Buddha spoke of as the cause of our suffering. For people who are caught up in the …

Out Of Nothing Comes Something

Stillness wants to move. Silence has a lot to say. Emptiness wants to fill up and express itself, again and again. If we can rest in the stillness, relax with the emptiness, allow for a saturation of silence…we can create from our deepest places. Empty the well so that you may be full again. Trust in the empty space. It’s …

Finding Home

“Don’t mistake the finger pointing to the moon for the moon.”-  Zen teaching  If you would have told me, say 15 years ago, that today I would be helping people with spirituality, that staunch atheist, hopped up on a cocktail of antidepressants, would have spit out her vodka tonic, laughed hysterically, and then promptly descend into an existential malaise. That …