essays

What freedom means to me

A little over two years ago, I took the following photo while touring Mount Rushmore on my way to graduate school in Wisconsin. At the time, I marveled at how tiny the destination actually looks in person, and also at how overwhelmingly white the rock features are. (I mean this literally, although of course the… Continue reading What freedom means to me

poetry

The Buddha within

Deep within me is a smiling Buddha, Unfurling in time, Ready to awaken.   This part of me is like a child, Bright, Naked, Excitable and curious. It is who and how I am when unconcerned by image.   As this part of myself, I am ready to serve. A pair of open hands, Opening… Continue reading The Buddha within

essays

The meaning of life at twenty-nine years

Like everyone, I like to do the things I enjoy most on my birthday. And for me, that has often been a combination of writing/reflection, solitude, hiking, and sharing with community. Today, I will be spending at least part of the day walking around my graduate school campus, making a spiritual goodbye to the place… Continue reading The meaning of life at twenty-nine years