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.

About Us

Let me introduce you to the Golden who made my ZEN get real ~ GINGER.

I have been a seeker all my life, since early childhood.  My longing for the Divine and the real essence of things has been a daily quest, until GINGER.  No more seeking necessary.  No more striving to find what is missing.  No more “searching for love in all the wrong places!”  I get it.

It’s now.  No effort.  No striving.  No driving myself.  No inner longing that can never find the truth.

It is.  And.  I am.

How do I know it now, when for 49 years (yes, you can count every one of them!) I humbly and neurotically searched for truth?  Ginger taught me.

Ginger teaches me daily that there is no other moment but NOW.  When things don’t go her way, she makes an effort to change them, and if she is unsuccessful, she rolls over on her back, all fours in the air, and let’s life rub her belly.

I was obsessed with purpose and thinking.

I wanted to be sure that I left a legacy in the world, performed something significant, and changed the world for the better.  I smile now at myself.  How silly.

I was so stressed out about how to do it all that I became a highly driven person.  In all honesty, my ego was in the driver’s seat, no matter how noble my service.

I’ve won some great awards and accolades, but none so glorious as the ritual “tail wagging, smiling, half-crying puppy reception” I get EVERYTIME I come home, even if I was only gone 20 minutes.  The moment is now, and in the now GINGER is happy.

This blog is about learning to be as ZEN like as my GOLDEN retriever while as HUMAN like as her guardian.

We are so glad you are here.

Harmony and Ginger.

I have a few other sites you may be interested in:

Gutsy Arts – Creative Thinking for Those Who Live Dangerously Close to Your Creative Juice

Harmony Thiessen – Right now my speakers business site – I think it will need to change.

SEO Small Business – I have a website optimization and development business (Lots of free tutorials there too)


Comments on: "About Us" (6)

  1. I love your dog! You’re right – having a pet is a great way to be in the moment. Gardening is another…

  2. Harmony,

    Ginger is beautiful! I simply love stopping by your blog. It always makes me smile as well as think. 🙂


  3. Hi Harmony,

    It’s nice to meet you. I’m not sure Barbara knows how wonderful she is, introducing all of us to each other. I love your story about Ginger and yourself. As you might guess, it parallels mine–we’ve just chosen different ways of expressing it.

    We’ll be seeing each other! Kaye Swafford

  4. goldenzen said:

    Thanks for coming by to get to know Ginger and I. You are always a special guest.

  5. Michael said:

    I am thinking four more years will be a long time to wait for another post from you. I understand the importance of moving on and not staying attached to something or someone. I guess life is like a meandering river where a drop of water flows along its course and although that drop of water encounters places that seem like a place it has passed before, it really isn’t so. But in our hearts we know that when that water drop evaporates and falls from the sky again, there is a small possibility that it might follow that path back to us again. Here’s hoping you will return to share your thoughts again.

  6. Sandie Moore said:

    It was a true pleasure to meet you at the dog show last Saturday! I’m so happy you took the time to talk with me about therapy dogs and goldens. I enjoyed the dog show, and the highlight was seeing all the goldens. I’ve never seen so many in one place! Thank you for being such a wonderful ambassador for the AKC, the golden retriever breed, and therapy dogs. I learned so much from you. Thank you!

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