Month: March 2017

A Thousand Paper Cranes

Grateful for a friend’s story which reminded me to write something I’ve been wanting to share here but hadn’t felt ready to do. Last year my spiritual teacher died. It devastated me. In my grief, I felt spiritually anchorless, unsafe and unsure. She was a teacher who insisted she wasn’t a teacher but who taught me my major lessons, how to stand up to life but have confidence in its flow. When I first met her, I had to beg her to take me as her student, and finally she took three of us in, while grumbling the whole time that she wasn’t our bloody teacher. She was funny and loud, but oftentimes, soft-spoken, articulate and wise, and on rare occasions, ruthlessly decisive in her compassion. She kept pushing us to our limits but we always had lots of laughs with our practice. A year after she’d been teaching me, she sent me away and cut off our connection because in her view, I was getting complacent and wasn’t learning in her presence anymore. She explained, …

Walking As If In A Dream

I dreamt about walking. I was walking downtown, looking for the Cathay Pacific Air office so I could get my reserved plane ticket. I was walking, but wasn’t sure where their office was. And I thought, I am walking aimlessly. Then I was walking at the airport. I was carrying my bag, and I was walking with many people, we were walking inside the building, ready to board our plane. It was an international flight. I was “mindful” of my walking, I could see my feet walking, other people’s feet walking, I could hear everyone’s footsteps as we walked on the carpeted floor. I could see everything disappearing from my view as I walked past them. I was walking, and I thought, I have seen this in my mind before. And now it’s happening. This afternoon, I was reading an article “Making Each Moment Meaningful”. I was dozing off, until I realized that I was reading about walking. What woke me up was when I read this part: Walking As If In A Dream. I …

Zen Self-Help Tips from Zen Miracles

I always find Zen books refreshing to read. They speak simply with as little words possible, yet conveying the truths to the reader clearly. Zen Miracles is one such book. Even if I didn’t learn anything new about Zen, it is a welcomed encouragement to the practice. Zen teachings after all are learned not from a teacher, but from oneself. I recommend this book for its simple exercises in Zen living. I find them highly amusing, mostly because they always target my laziness right on the spot. At the end of the book, some guidelines were given as companions to living. I’m going to repeat them here, mostly to show you that this is a kind of self-help Zen book. Do not lean on others. Do not lean on anything. Keep your back straight at all times. Your spine connects heaven and earth. Honor it. Loneliness is an unwillingness to communicate freely with all of creation. Remedy this. Do not puff yourself up and put others down. We are all treading on the same earth. …

Pretty Snail Mails From The Past Months

Hello lovely friends! It’s been a while since I posted incoming pretty mails. So today, I want to share and show you all the mails that I’ve received over the past few months. The newest mail is from my sweet little friend in Malaysia, XinNing. Look at the details on this pretty pink envelope. I truly love the gold wax seal with the Chinese characters. Enclosed were these beautifully made mini envelopes and cute flake stickers. I am also in love with the stamps that she’s put on. From THE NETHERLANDS: I also received a surprise mail from a long time IG and pen friend, Margit.She knows that I love Buddha cards/postcards and this one certainly made me happy. And what a wonderful set of stamps… From INDIA: One of the surprise mails was from Tripthi. I love all the details on the cards, postcards, and the envelope. The stamps that she’s put on are also full of details. This handmade card is from a long time post-crossing friend, Madhura. I am so attracted to the simple and abstract …