Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT: To Live an Honest and Authentic Life.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!" "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

Saturday, March 21, 2015


"It's like being in the ocean when the waves are really rough and high. They knock you over and you find yourself on the floor of the ocean with your face in the sand. The sand is getting in your nose and your mouth and your eyes and the waves are holding you down. But then the wave recedes and you stand back up and you walk until the next waves comes in and knocks you down and the same thing keeps happening. And each time you just stand back up and after awhile it seems to you that the waves are getting smaller and smaller."


"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.  It will not lead you astray."


I am You
You are Me
Today we are 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Joseph Sizoo

"If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world, if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time.  Everything comes at the appointed moment."

Monday, March 09, 2015

Pema Chodron

"You are the sky.  Everything else is just the weather."

Lao Tzu

"Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?  Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?"


"Mountains are the means, the man is the end.  The goal is not to reach the top of the mountains, but to improve the man."

Paulo Coelho

"Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once."

break through

"Sometimes we have to have a break-down to have a break-through."

Wednesday, March 04, 2015


"In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved,
how gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."

Thich Nhat Hanh

"People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.  Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar."

Daphne Rose

"Holding on is believing there is only a past; letting go is believing there is a future."

Monday, March 02, 2015


"If you can't fly, then run
If you can't run, then walk
If you can't walk, then crawl
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving Forward"

Friday, February 27, 2015

an open letter...

"There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.  You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, you forget the bad, and you focus on the good.  You love the people who treat you right.  And, you pray for the ones who don't.  Life is too short to be anything but happy.  Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living."

Lao Tzu

"If you are depressed,
you are living in the past.
If you are anxious,
you are living in the future.
If you are at peace,
you are living in the present."

Catherine Burke

"Anxiety is your soul jumping up and down inside your heart screaming, 'I'm not happy'"

Chogyam Trungpa

"You are absolutely comfortable and happy the way you are, yet at the same time you find it excruciatingly painful.  You are not certain whether you want to stay the way you are, which is very pleasurable, or not stay the way you are, because it is very painful at the same time.  That kind of pushing and pulling happens all the time.  That seems to be the motivation and the contagious quality of Buddha nature, which is trying to shine through all the time."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Harriet Tubman

"Every great dreams begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world."

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Time For Everything

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to give birth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dalai Lama

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mark Twain

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Paul Shepard

"To the desert go prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles.  Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality."

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Simone de Beauvoir

"I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties
through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me."

Monday, November 24, 2014


"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." ~ Francesca Reigler

Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to be happy, be."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Raku Kichizaemon

"Not to narrate, nor express
Neither to be concerned about being traditional or contemporary
Nor again to strive for originality
What matters is to drop a plumb-line into the depths of my being
And grope my way downward
Into the cave of my existence, crammed with the totality of
Past, present and future."

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Terma Collective

"What in your life is calling you?
When all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
and the wild iris blooms by itself
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?

In the silence between your heartbeats
hides a summons.
Do you hear it?
Name it, if you must,
or leave it forever nameless,
but why pretend it is not there?"



Monday, October 13, 2014



Friday, October 10, 2014



Thursday, October 09, 2014


new life

Saturday, September 27, 2014


"Even God cannot change the past."

Friday, September 26, 2014

Leonard Cohen

“Sometimes when you no longer see yourself as the hero of your own drama, expecting victory after victory and you understand deeply that this is not paradise. Somehow, especially the privileged ones that we are, we somehow embrace the notion that this veil of tears, that it’s perfectible, that you can get it all straight. I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. When you understand that, you abandon your masterpiece and you sink into the real masterpiece.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


“You are not a drop in the ocean but the entire ocean in one single drop”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

God Seed

"The seed of God is in us. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God seeds into God." ~ Meister Eckhart

Monday, September 15, 2014

Elbert Hubbard

"The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. … A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying."

Sunday, September 07, 2014


"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Shawshank Redemption

"Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying."

Tuesday, September 02, 2014


"I am always provided with everything I need in life."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Alan Watts

"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float."

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Anne Lamott

"No" is a complete sentence.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014


"Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts."

Monday, August 04, 2014


“The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different”

Sunday, August 03, 2014

William Shakespeare

"This above all:  to thine own self be true"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

St Francis of Assisi

"Not to hurt our humble brethren, the animals, is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it... If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


"I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too

I take my love, take it down
I climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down,
The landslide bring you down"

 ~Stevie Nicks~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rudyard Kipling

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
 For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Your Erroneous Zones

"Take a look at the way the world works.  To put it succinctly, you can never please everyone.  In fact, if you please fifty percent of the people, you are doing quite well.  This is no secret.  You know that at least half of the people in your world are going to disagree with at least half of the things you say.  If this is accurate (and you need only to look at landslide elections to see that forty-four percent of the population still voted against the winner), then you will always have about a 50-50 chance of getting some disapproval when you voice an opinion.

Armed with this knowledge, you can start to look at disapproval in a new light.  When someone disapproves of something you say [do], instead of being hurt, or instantly shifting your opinion [behaviour] to gain praise, you can remind yourself that you've just run into one of those folks in the fifty percent who don't agree with you.  Knowing that you'll always get some disapproval for everything you feel, think, say or do is the way out of the tunnel of despair.  Once you expect it, you won't be inclined to hurt yourself with it, and you'll simultaneously stop equating the repudiation of an idea or a feeling with the repudiation of you."

~ Wayne Dyer ~

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Bhagavad Gita

"Oh, Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding.   I consider it as difficult to subdue as the wind."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

t.s. eliot

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh

"If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy."

Monday, June 16, 2014

it's all irrelevant

"Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know."

~Lao Tzu~

Monday, June 09, 2014

Maya Angelou

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

You will never be forgotten.

Friday, June 06, 2014


"Give without expecting and Don't be victimized by the expectations of others."

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Strawberry

"A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!"

 Buddhist Koan


“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Emily Bronte

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Heather Flores

“The amount of electricity you use is directly proportionate to the long-term damage your lifestyle inflicts upon your ecology. Cultivate an outdoor life, rich in experience rather than gadgetry. Go outside and garden. Go for a walk. Stretch. Sing. Play an instrument. Write poetry. Tell jokes. Talk to your neighbors. Daydream. Hang out with dogs and cats. Watch birds, go swimming. Take a nap. Cook. Read. Play with children. Dance. Make. Love.”

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sameet Kumar

"Happiness is not a light switch. You can't turn it on and leave it on. It's more like a candle in the breeze. Frequently extinguished, it needs to be relit over and over again."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dr Sara Gottfried

"Your skin is a mirror of your life."

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Helen Keller

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

James Joyce

"Our secrets sit silent in the dark recesses of our hearts, but even they weary of their tyranny, willing and wanted to be dethroned."

Carrie Brown

“If I can’t ever tell anyone the true story . . . then no one will ever know me.”

Miss Beautiful Tulip

"You can't make unreasonable people be reasonable." it is worth repeating

Saturday, May 03, 2014

John Lennon

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

B.K.S. Iyengar

"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."

Allen Ginsberg

“Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don't care who's listening.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


"It is not enough to know how to climb a tree; we must also know how to come back down."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


"Where is the conflict when the Truth is known,
Where is the disease when the mind is clear,
Where is the death when the breath is controlled,
Therefore, surrender to Yoga."

Monday, March 31, 2014


“Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Francis Bacon

"the mind can be enlarged, according to its capacity, to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Swami Vivekananda

"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far."