20161102_152321. 2jpg Over 10 Years Later

This blog originated when I was first blessed with Ginger.  The girl who taught me the magic of happiness.

I am convinced that God sent her into my life to teach me something nothing else could do:

She taught me to be happy.  Not to wait for it or keep searching for it.  Just settle in with whatever is and be happy.  Find joy.  And if there is none to be found, create it from anything you like.

I wish I had been a better student.  I am still working on the mechanics of it all.  But this one thing I do know – happiness is an inside job and it has full-time benefits. 

Ginger is my sweetheart and I am still privileged to have her in my life.  I started at age 49 with this blog.  Now, having just had my 60th birthday, I think it’s time to continue once again with my musings.  My dream is that they might at some time and place, be meaningful to a reader, as so many musings of others have helped transform my life.


my very first about page in 2006

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.



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Secret Simon says:

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

  2. Nicole says:


    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 says:

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

  5. Michael says:

    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 says:

    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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