Counting Down to Day 40 (Day 89 out of 129) of the Middle Path Makeover – Traveling Without Moving

As the season (finally) begins to change, I feel like I’m traveling to another, warmer place without having to actually move anywhere. In honor of Springtime, I think it’s only appropriate to leave you with this haiku from Richard Wright (1908-1960):

Keep straight down this block,
Then turn right where you will find
A peach tree blooming

Have a lovely day,

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 46 (out of 129) of the Middle Path Makeover – Letting Go of Anger

I’m had one of those days where I found it incredibly challenging not to react to some feelings of anger. I was quite aware of the anger; I acknowledged that. But I already knew I wasn’t going to act on the anger so there were really only two choices left:

Choice #1: Stay angry until the vein in my forehead starts to bulge, my blood pressure rises, begin to resent most of the human race and finally, implode.

OR Choice #2: Let it go.

While choice #1 seems like the more attractive of the two choices, I’m going with the healthier choice #2 instead. Seriously, look at what all this anger is doing to me?? It just ain’t good.

Part of my daily to-dos on the Middle Path Makeover Project is to acknowledge anger without reacting to it but I honestly don’t know if after all this time of practicing this particular to-do has made any progress. I’m skeptical. All my other to-dos seem to be swimming along famously or coming along swimmingly or whatever the saying is! So what is it about anger that makes it so damn (excuse me, *darn*) hard to let go of? This is a MAJOR aspect of the Zen practice and yet, I still have yet to learn this lesson.

What do you do? Seriously, let me know. Help a sister out.

Keep on keepin’ on and keep on forgiving,

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 61 (out of 129) of The Middle Path Makeover – Grace

I will keep today’s post short and to the point:

If you can handle whatever life throws at you with grace, you will be sure to see the biggest picture of them all: unconditional love for all sentient beings (yourself and all others included, of course). This is my life’s work.

Keep it graceful,

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

Counting Down to Day 65 (out of 129) of The Middle Path Makeover – Peace is All Around Us

A warm cup of tea on a cold day. A kind smile from a stranger passing by. The space between my thoughts. A child sleeping safely in her father’s arms. A happy houseplant. A deep breath followed by another deep breath. The moment a delicious bite of food hits my empty stomach. A waive hello. The sound of rain falling whilst safe indoors. Letting go.

There is peace here.

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger