Friday, July 9, 2010

Simply Spirituality

I have decided to put Carry Water Chop Wood on hold for a while. Please visit my active blog at:

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Go placidly 
amid the noise and the haste, 
and remember 
what peace there may be in silence.
- Max Ehrmann 

Friday, June 4, 2010


How much of your life as you know it
exists within the mind's world?
The world of the remembered past
and the imagined future.
How much of your sense of identity
is based upon memory of past experience?
Who are you in the present,
without reference to the past?
What is life like in the present moment
without reference to the past or the future?
- Leonard Jacobson 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Simple Truth

The Simple Truth is that there is no life
outside of this moment.
The life which you believe in 
is nothing but an illusion
which you have constructed
in your mind using the power
of thought, memory and imagination.
It is not real.

Nothing outside of this moment is real!
- Leonard Jacobson 

Monday, May 31, 2010

Make each moment 
an occasion to live
in Peace.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Simplify, simplify.
— Henry David Thoreau

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Little Behind....

Hi everyone! I've gotten a little behind on posting on this blog.... or maybe it is that I haven't been very present in the last month or two.... maybe a little of both.

The first task I put focus on was trying to be present when as the saying goes - while chopping and carrying, or doing the daily chores of life. I found myself challenged by this, especially while folding laundry.

I would like to share what I've recently come up with.

When one is folding laundry, it it's not about a pair of socks being "exciting." It is about being present with what is REAL rather than what is imagined or made up.

One can only be 1 of 2 places, present with what is real or in the mind.

In the mind is not real, is it imagined, it is either past or future. Where are we instead.... in a disagreement you had yesterday? What I am going to eat for dinner? Where we will go on vacation. It's fine to think about these things. A decision about dinner has to be made at some point. But one does not need to be so focused on these things to the exclusion of what is really happening here and now. (For additional reading on thoughts, please see the post on Simply Spirituality, How to Make a Watch Disappear.)

My experience has been that everything begins to feel more alive..... try it and let me know what you experience in the comments section below!