The sanctuary within

A sanctuary is a place that restores us, nourishes us and give us a sense of peace. It’s a place where, no matter how bad our day has become, we can go, can be ourself, can be safe from the forces outside–where we can feel grounded, unhurried, and renewed. But how many of us can stop in the middle of a day …

A search for meaning

What then is meaning? It’s a personal reason for our existence. It’s a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It is not a matter of searching for some ethereal, profound, and mysterious meaning, but merely of choosing what to dedicate our life to, for the purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. In other …

Living is motion across a horizon

I’m sitting on my veranda this morning in what is an incredible day. It’s 72 degrees or so, the breeze is cool and coming from the ocean and is washing every part of my body with a sense of being alive on this beautiful day. The ibis are feeding in a foot or so of water at the base of …

Fishing with a straight needle

There was a fisherman in ancient China who for forty years used a straight needle to fish with. When someone asked him, “Why don’t you use a bent hook, like everyone else?” The fisherman replied, “You can catch ordinary fish with a bent hook, but I will catch a great fish with my straight needle.” Word of this came to …