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.

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Silver Medal – Golden Effort

I watched in awe tonight as Olympic athletes dazzled millions of viewers and challenged my courage and determination.

I couldn’t help but wonder why I have given up so easy, been persuaded to lose, lost sight of my goals, and quit because I was exhausted.   I am of course inspired and bewildered.

Tonight a BC athlete won a silver medal after a grueling 11/2 hour triathlon competition.  I could go into long detail about the race and the competition, but the point might be lost.

Simon Whitfield wins a silver Medal

Simon Whitfield wins a silver Medal

Simon Whitfield taught me a great lesson.  In the last 15-30 seconds of the triathlon, when every cell in his body screamed in pain for oxygen and relief, he executed his winning KICK.  Running in a pack of 4 outstanding male athletes, he repeated what won him a gold medal in the same sport in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.  He kicked it into high gear and sprinted.  All of a sudden, after falling at the back of the pack, he astounded the crowds with a surge that came, not from his weary body, but his unwillingness to cross that line 4th or 5th.

How unwilling am I to quit what I know is my life intention?  Racked with pain, drenched in humid heat that drained every once of energy, and apparently falling behind, Simon used his intention and transmuted that energy into physical stamina and determination.  He just wouldn’t give up or in.

Oh sure, I am proud that he is Canadian and from my own province.  I am proud of all the athletes from around the world.  It’s not the competition that I find arresting, it is the single-mindedness, the pinpoint intention that allowed Simon Whitfield to experience the joy and the honor you can see in this photo.

In Zen, we see ourselves in others, in nature, in space, in all things.  If Simon can move through pain into the pursuit of his dream, you and I can run our race to the finish.

My blessed readers, we have so much to cheer about.  We are in life to live it to its utmost. 

Thank you to all the athletes who have inspired the world to “be” our best selves.  And thank you in advance to my readers – would you share what you do get yourself to the finish line of your dreams?

In the Grace of the Moment,
Harmony

PS  Many thanks to RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR for the brilliant photo and story at http://olympics.thestar.com/2008/article/480975

The Eclipse

Facing Shadows

This Saturday, August 16th, 2008 there will be a partial lunar eclipse.  Those folks living in Africa, Europe, parts of Australia and South America will be able to view the variance of light and form.

No light and therefore, no shadows.

Always at my side

My other self- always nearby

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get weary of seeing my shadow and maybe the shadows of those I love.  I am all for being the best I can be yada yada yada.  But honestly, my shadows, my darker side – the behaviors and secret intentions I try to hide can be disturbing and sometimes ugly.

I know, I know.  The Zen way would embrace the shadow and recognize the unity of all things.
And, I should do that. 

But sometimes, I prefer an eclipse. 

I love the light.  Although I look a lot older when I see myself in full daylight,
(did someone say WRINKLES!), I like the warm and enchanted feeling I get from light rays, both solar and lunar.  Yet hidden within the bright dance of atoms, there is the haunting shadow that lurks behind, waiting to appear at the most unsuspecting moment.

Have you been surprised or even scared by the shadows of those you love the most?

If it’s not my darker mishaps I have to deal with, it seems to be those ugly monsters slinking behind those I adore that cast a spell on my senses and send me reeling.

When I don’t know what to do, and my silence has been muddled in a gong show from my ego, I know where to go.  I go to my GOLDEN Zen: Ginger.

She reminds me that light shines from within and happiness is a fleeting plaything.   She can be content in any situation and offers little resistance to what she dislikes.   Instead, she changes focus.

She rests much more than I and makes no apology for being quiet.  She forgives me before I ask. Her love knows no resentment and welcomes even my dismal displays.

Sometimes self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others is just an acceptance of shadows.  Part of being in the light is our agreement to live in unison with what is hidden.

…Making friends with ‘ID,” as Freud would say.

But for this weekend, Saturday night (early Sunday am), I am going to relish in the dark and enjoy the lack of expectation I experience when I can’t see my way and everything is a surprise.

In the Grace of the Moment,
Harmony

PS I am so grateful to the artists who help me say what I try so hard to say with words.  Special thanks to: I. Anton who has an amazing display of photos at Flickr: flickr.com/photos/7153354@N04/  and to Daniel Piulet for the use of his enormous gaze into the sky and moon.  You can find his display of photos at http://flickr.com/photos/piulet/

The H,I,J, and K of Golden Zen

The following I offer as a continuing series based on the ABC’s of Golden Zen.  The purpose is to allow the concepts to be read without much commentary and absorbed by the reader at your level of consciousness.   You are always free to comment or ask questions.


H – Harmony:  In Golden Zen we recognize that the events and people in our lives are part of the harmony ( symphony, accord, concord, concordance, concurrence, consonance, rapport, tune, unity) of the universe.  Every one is connected somehow to the other, and each bringing us tokens from the world we don’t physically see and yet where we all belong.

I – Intelligence: You may remember from your science studies that the human body, plant life, and undersea mysteries are intricately woven in an intelligent complexity that baffles even the brilliant scientific mind. Can you even imagine the intelligence of entire Universe?  This is, if for no other reason, a powerful reason to learn how to be still and silent and visit the “void.”  The intricacies that exist, all in simplistic intention, can center you, and make the complex seem simple.

J- Jubilee: Golden Zen celebrates freedom.  In the biblical days, the Jewish people were commanded to celebrate a yearlong period of freedom, where people must quit working, slaves were to be set free, and if you had lost your land to anyone for any reason it was to be restored.  For us it is a celebration of imperfection.  Everyone gets a fresh new start – not from working for it or striving or conniving, but as a gift of grace, a restoration, a new day!

K -Kindness: This heart of kindness begins with oneself, finding the generous heart within to show kindness to your “form” without.  Many moral standards and religious ideals talk about kindness, to go so far as to put ourselves last and others first as a way of being kind and spiritual.  Of course, there are times for sacrifice, and we don’t diminish that expression.  Kindness to others however, can become strained when offered by a worn out heart and body.  Begin with yourself, with words and actions that honor the creation that you are, and allow kindness to become your nature.

 In the Grace of the Moment,

Harmony

Thank you to the fine photograpers at flickr: Adrian Warren http://www.flickr.com/people/adrianw/

 

The D,E,F and G of Golden Zen

The ABC’s of Golden Zen – (The first few sentences repeated for context.  To go directly to the DEF and G, scoll down slightly)

I believe I could take any structure: 1-10, the alphabet, types of cars, types of trees, or names of people and share the principles of Golden Zen thinking as an application to that form.  Golden Zen not a belief structure or set of rules or way to “think” really, it is about a way of “being,” which is always vital and alive.

I am writing nothing new.  I am no guru or spiritual leader.  My intention is simply to take the essence of the concepts I am constantly learning and communicate them with my sense of being or my “take on it,” so that others may find a better understanding of the universal truths for themselves.

I chose the alphabet mainly because we rarely use it as adults.  The idea is playful.

Over time, I will write more on most of these concepts, but for our purpose now, I present this overview of Golden Zen.

Today we continue with the DEF AND G of Golden Zen.

D – Deliberate: I thought of the word “determined”, but as I sat with it, determined is the ego I used to be; Ready to make it happen whenever necessary. Golden Zen is different, it is deliberate.  One could say intentional. To be deliberate implies a choice and a responsibility; an inward commitment that is not swayed by opinion, not even your own. 

E – Ego: We could debate this for decades.  What is an ego?  Is it obsession with good looks or the need to win every time?  Maybe.  More to my point it is what distracts me from who I really am, who I forgot I already had become.  Ego is all about the “form” of being human, or being matter. When Ego was looking for work, he/she applied to be your body guard, and life hasn’t been the same since .  Ego is busy protecting what isn’t real anyway, and prevents you from remembering all that is real.

F – Fascinating: Golden Zen gives you the opportunity to be fascinated.  According to a popular online Thesaurus, here is the definition of fascinate:  “To please greatly or irresistibly.”  Applicable synonyms: beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant.  When you are aware, aware of the moment, you are often captivated.  You have permission to be bewitched by the smallest diversion.

G – Ginger: It had to be.  Ginger made my Zen, my meditation, my scared moments, my humble seeking, get real.  Ginger changed my world with her unconditional loveGinger demonstrates the moment-by-moment lifestyle.  I am forever grateful.

In the Grace of the Moment,

Harmony

 Photo Credit: www.selfimprovementsites.com

 

The ABC’s of Golden Zen

ABC\’s Of Golden Zen       Enjoy the 3 min audio version of the ABC’s.

I believe I could take any structure: 1-10, the alphabet, types of cars, types of trees, or names of people and share the principles of Golden Zen thinking as an application to that form.  Golden Zen not a belief structure or set of rules or way to “think” really, it is about a way of “being,” which is always vital and alive.

I am writing nothing new.  I am no guru or spiritual leader.  My intention is simply to take the essence of the concepts I am constantly learning and communicate them with my sense of being or my “take on it,” so that others may find a better understanding of the universal truths for themselves.

I chose the alphabet mainly because we rarely use it as adults.  The idea is playful.

Over time, I will write more on most of these concepts, but for our purpose now, I present this overview of Golden Zen.

 A- Awareness: This is not thinking about things.  Awareness is like when you see things you didn’t realize you saw with your peripheral vision.  The police investigator says, “What did he look like,” or “what did you see in the room?”  Unbeknownst to you, you saw a lot more than you thought you did – and it wasn’t with your thinking mind. 
Awareness is about the presence of you behind your thoughts, the sensation you have when you first awake and have no thought.  (Usually, that lasts no longer than a couple seconds)  Awareness is about the stillness you feel on that occasional moment in nature when you forget yourself and are surrounded by, and immersed in, the dense stillness around you.  Awareness is when you experience something for the very first time and you are left speechless, awestruck.  You can actually live moment by moment in awareness.

B- Breath: Our breath is a constant reminder of our Source.  We breathe without thinking about breathing.  Our breath brings a burst of oxygen to our hungry cells and transports our toxic residue outside the body.  Our breath connects us to others.  As we breathe in the air around us, we take in the presence around us, including people.  In fact, the air I breathe today in Vancouver may have been in Hawaii day before yesterday!  Golden Zen practice reminds us to become aware of our breath as often as possible throughout the day, and notice the grounding and centeredness that accompanies a conscious breath.

C- Compassion: Emotional response is not necessarily compassion, sometimes it is just drama.  Pity and “feeling sorry” for someone is a thought and a feeling that may or may not accomplish much.  Compassion as I describe it for Golden Zen is a space around a person/s that allows for the moment to be as it is, the grief or challenge to exist, and yet to remain present with support, no judgments, kindness and room for the next moment to bring fresh “manna.”  (Manna meaning daily bread or provision of what you need when you need it.)  The moment one moves into “this shouldn’t be this way” with the accompanying anger or ignited reaction, we move into resistance and create more suffering.  Compassion is a force to be reckoned with no doubt, but comes from a place of peace and abundance, not drama.

You have your own stories to tell around awareness, breath, and compassion.  We grow from sharing and listening, so feel free to do either.

 In The Grace Of The Moment,

Harmony

Photo Thanks to www.Freephoto.com

THE MOON IS TWO FACED!

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: http://www.americanscientist.org/template/AssetDetail/assetid/57068#57065

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. 

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,

Harmony

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