Breathing Out

“Calmness of mind is beyond the end of your exhalation,” writes  Shunryu Suzuki in Not Always So. The great Zen teacher was describing how to practice sitting meditation (shikantaza), which involves calming our restless minds and coming into the present moment by watching the breath. Suzuki describes how far this simple practice can carry us: Continue reading “Breathing Out”

Meeting At the River

“Only connect,” wrote E.M. Forster.  I’ve been very touched by the comments–by the conversation–emerging in this blog.  It gives me faith–not just that Parabola can been made new for new times–but in that mysterious process that allows like-minded people to find one another.  Earlier this week, I spoke on the phone with Bob Toth fromContinue reading “Meeting At the River”