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 July, 2008

Making Room For Change

Have you ever desired a change in your life so badly that you thought you would do anything to get it?

Only to find out you wouldn’t do what it takes to change.

Our view of change is often focused on the outside conditions or circumstances.  We don’t like our house, we want a change.  Our job is boring, we want change.  Our partner has grown chubby and lazy, we definitely need a change.

Maybe you do need a change!

Maybe you do need a change!

Change seems to be a mysterious solution to our retired desires.

What used to bring us joy resembles dust now – it used to be a “solid something”, now we just want to make a quick swipe and be done with it.

Of course, change in itself is evolutionary, healthy and expansive.  Gandhi often changed his mind.  An aide once asked him how he could so freely contradict this week what he had said just last week.  Gandhi said this week, he knew better.


Here is the difficulty:

The change we seek is often a change that must begin within.  Changing your circumstances may provide momentary relief, but in an hour, a day, a month, that same longing re-appears and creates a quiet disturbance in most everything you do.

What changes have you verbalized you need lately?  Maybe you wrote them in your journal, confided them to a friend, or muttered them to yourself during your daily commute. 

Before making a list of what needs to happen for the change to take place:

1. Make a new budget
2. Go on a diet
3. Apply for jobs across the country

Allow yourself to quiet for awhile and ask, “what change is required in here?”

There is no one here but you.

There is no one here but you.

There is no judgment, no punishment, and no sarcasm in that quiet solace.  You will find only truth and light for you to follow.  If you do hear accusations or recriminations – recognize you have no yet found the quiet solace and are hearing only echoes of your past influences.  Keep on your journey; truth awaits your arrival.

As you begin your inner change, watch out, the whole world changes!


In the Grace of the Moment,


PS.  My gratitude to Roger Garbett, a real estate agent in Philly whose photo was so appropriate to the message.

And to my friend, another Roger, whom I meet hiking ever so often, who graciously sends me photos of nature.


Sometimes Silence is the Only Way

Have you ever known the best place for you to be is in silence?

silent listening

silent listening

Some folks find their way out of deep rivers through sharing the experience with others.  They lovingly receive life and energy through the heartfelt communication with friends.

Some folks tend to find the strength required to find their way through silent stillness and inner transformation that lovingly retreats from too much talk.

A lot of change has transpired in my life in the past two years, and some things required action and courage not common to me.  I admit, I had to retreat into my stillness to find my own ability to “see” things for what they are rather than how they appear.

I have been contacted personally by many readers and that lovingly extension is sincerely appreciated.  Others, have wished me well in your own way, and I am grateful.  If you are reading this note today after my silent withdrawal, I appreciate that you would take note of my post and visit.

I am so eager now to wander the globe of blogs and visit my friends and family in the blogosphere.

In the Grace of the Moment,


P.S.  I read a post that describes my experience so well.  The author, Jennifer, describes how a stick became a person.  I can’t help but think of how silence became my strength.  Check out this uplifting entry:

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