Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Walk on the Wild Side: Esalen, May 2014

"The mountains are calling and I must go." said John Muir

We went out to the mountains, and as Muir discovered, "for going out, I found, was really going in." So, as we journeyed out into the wilds of Big Sur, we also traveled into the inner wilds of this life of ours. Once again I find myself filled with gratitude for wild nature, specifically how it is expressed in Big Sur, and for you all, specifically how you chose to engage with wild nature, self, and others. May we all find ways to keep showing up for this wild life we have been given. Inspired by Muir, may we all find our way in living an authentic life — the life that only we can live.

Here are many links inspired from the week (and some that were specifically requested):
How Muir Are You?
John Muir: Nature's Visionary (my favorite book about Muir's life)
Trees of Big Sur
Big Creek Donation: Online or by Form
Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson (buy>read or listen>review)
Dan's site 
Dan on YouTube
Silvia's site
Michael's site
Is there any one else in the group that would like me to add a link to your photos of the week or  your website?

Deep bow to Stacy and Isabel for their grace, great support, and leading the way on the path.



Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Nature of Zen: Tassajara Zen Center

Nature of Zen at the Wind Caves

I love being a part of the opening of the Tassajara guest season. There is a freshness to the place, the practice, and with spring emerging — the land. Thank you all for stepping into the wilds with such grace. I am honored to work with Leslie James, and blessed to have you all "show up" so wonderfully.

Here are some links to further your inspiration for practice:
Nature of Zen Photos
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Photos
Enough by David Whyte
Meal Chant Stew: a personal story inspired by the Tassajara meal chant published on Bro. David's site

Two claps, one deep bow to you all,