Most lives are spent waiting. Waiting for dreams to manifest, for trouble to end, and for life to be happy. Golden Zen reflects on the brillance of the NOW and the winks we receive from our Source to remind us we possess it all. Golden Zen is practical and mystical, instructive and reflective. You are my invited guest.

Archive for April, 2008

When The Student Is Ready The Teacher Appears

How do we get ready for the solutions we need in our lives?  
 When you find yourself needing a breakthrough of some kind ~ in your love life, finances, state of mind, career or sport, how have you found the lesson or teacher you needed?

www.discoveryeducation.comI have tried several strategies:

1.  My default method is to PLOW ON despite the odds (who needs a teacher anyway?). I think of myself as a survivor, so I will buck up, work hard and try to make someone proud of me. Of course, that rarely produces anything but more stress and suffering.  And in the end, I am not even proud of me.

2. I have taken scores of courses.  I love to learn, and I was quite convinced if I could learn more, I could be the teacher. 

Then I met George. I was 31 and he was 78. I was teaching a course on Leadership.  (God help us all!)

At the break, I went to George and introduced myself.  I wanted to meet this elderly gentleman who appeared so interested in what I had to say.  After some trivial chatter, I broached the subject.  “George, I am curious.  Why in the world would someone like you be in a class on leadership taught by someone less than half your age and basically as green as tree moss about how to lead in tough times?”

He didn’t hesitate.  He took my arm and looked into my baby blues with deep sincerity.  “My dear, when you get to be my age you learn just how much you don’t know.”

I have never forgotten his words.  The teacher was there alright, and just in time.

3. Then I have my practice (Golden Zen).  I expect that if I sense I need something, the teacher is already present.  Usually, I don’t recognize him/her or it right off the bat.  You see, I prefer a sophisticated, rather classy and impressive type instructor, and rarely see that appear in my life.  My teachers are late-night empty gas tanks, windshield wipers that don’t work in pouring rain, incessant loud noises from neighboring condos, cheques lost in the mail, bill collectors, 10 pounds that LOVE my derriere, and men who forget to be affectionate and affirming.  Did I mention my relatives?

My lessons are always present, my teachers are in attendance, if my heart is willing to open enough to see them.

I invite your stories.  Perhaps even now, if you pause, there is a teacher in your life and lessons you’ve learned that would benefit someone else. 

Your students are ready.

In the Grace of the Moment,



Much to my surprise, I found an eBook that took the practice of ZEN and combined it with the basics of blogging.  Being new to the scene of blogging, and committed to a practice of Golden Zen, it seemed to me to be the perfect find.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will come”. (Who said that first anyway?)

It’s cheeky, imaginative, and informative; a quick read. You can download it at (
Hunter Nuttall’s blog is worth watching.  He is relatively new to the scene also, and offers some good conversation and thought stimulation.

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Nothing is as it seems.

I thought the man in the moon was the moon. 

I have been taught that from childhood.  The moon was always looking at our world and observing, bathing us in shimmering silver and lighting our path in the darkest night.

Now, I learn the moon is two-faced.  The side I don’t see is quite different from my rehearsed image.  Hiding behind, on the side of the moon I can’t see from earth, is a moon without the “deep seas” now filled with lava.

You can learn more about it at:

Does it make the moon any less my lunar friend?  Discovering that I don’t know everything, that I can’t label it as “got the t-shirt,” and realizing the picture is bigger than my natural mind can conceive, is delightful to the Golden Zen mind.

Uncertainty is in fact my friend.  It resides throughout my world of form and inspires me beyond my daily limitations.  There is so much more possible in this moment than I could ever imagine in my limited thinking. 

What seems solid, for sure, absolute, is only an illusion of my mind.  In reality, everything is moving, vibrating, evolving and making my world limitless.

Besides, I have never known a true friend who didn’t have a face most people don’t see. 

Connecting In the Blogosphere


The more I wander around the Big “B,” the more facinating it becomes.  There are a lot of great BLOGS out there, and I am “seeing” my thoughts in many other voices.

Years ago, it would have upset me to think someone else said what I wanted to say, and said it better than I could.  Now, (maybe it’s the age thing!) I enjoy knowing that I am thinking the cosmic thought of those living in awareness.  We may say it differently, but we are coming from the same source.

Speaking of source, I found a great spot to learn about different blogs that enhance a spiritual journey.  You may want to check it out: besides he writes some great content! 

I have not checked out the whole list yet, but I have found some great sites from his list and I’m sure I will refer to them in the future.

Lastly, I am aware that at the moment, I may not be writing to anyone in particular but myself.  Yet, I know I am writing to you.  Thank you for searching out my early blogs and know you are always at home.

In the Grace of the Moment,


Here is the link:



Learning To Blog (Zen Style)

I have discovered that blogging, although they say it’s as “easy” as apple pie, is a bit more like a perfect souffle.  (They take years of practice!)

In fact, to have a successful blog is an art, takes dedication, some techie tricks, and time to read and write around the blogosphere. My challenge over the next few months is to write from the present moment and in the moment, all the while knowing that I am probably not tagging right, not pinging properly and not capturing the interest of the search engines. 

I am simply writing.  It’s a choice of waiting to be perfect, Or not waiting at all.   I have decided to experience the learning in front of my readers (if I am so lucky as to have one or two) and stay vulnerable and open to the processs. 

It doesn’t mean I won’t try my best.  No doubt there will be changes made, almost daily for several months, while I am learning.  I look forward to learning from my peers all over the blogosphere and the comments I receive from readers. 

In the Grace of the Moment,


Golden Zen Begins

I could have waited another 10 years.

But the time to write is now. In fact, the time to live my best life is “now”.

Golden Zen is about the exquisite breath of each moment and how to find it;
how to feel the sensation of being alive and how to be happy without one thing changing, except for you.

I am only a student of the moment, and and a novice at my practice, but I have leaned in this direction for over 30 years. A slow learner, I have relinquished myself to the pleasure of learning. This is after all, a “practice,” and my aim is to awaken, not once, but as a moment by moment event.

It is my intention to create a space for the right people at the right time in your life. Those meant to find me here, will do so. I invite you to stay as long as you like. Your comments are welcome.


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