Dec 15

Writing on Medium

I’ve been experimenting with writing over on Medium the last year or so because it has the capacity to reach a different and broader audience.

If you haven’t checked it out, head over and see my profile (much of the current posts were crossposted here, except for the last one).

Kenley on Medium

Not sure how much longer I’ll keep an active blog here on my domain, but one never knows. Thanks for being a reader.

Mar 27

The Body and Sickness

The body is quite a wonder. Observing it from perfect health to sickness and then beginnings of health again has been a deep practice in mindfulness.

Hello body, I know you are there and I smile in amazement.

I first felt the emergence of sickness over two weeks ago. Some grumpiness in my emotions and a little tickle in my throat. It didn’t seem like much the first couple days but I knew something was happening in my body. It’s good to be attuned to my body.

The sickness came slowly and then in the second week it got worse and I spent three days in bed. What can you do aside from observe the body and take care of it wholeheartedly. When in that state of sickness, it definitely dominates everything. Thinking. Feeling. Touch.

Yesterday I managed to stay up all day and putter about the house. Feeling the body get better and also sensing its weakness. Its limits. Today is much the same in that I am up and about but feel the shortness of breath and the limits of the body as it continues to heal.

I miss my routine and my normal energy level (my coffee!!) but can’t push to fast or hard to get there. Soon I will be able to return to my daily run and my daily sitting meditation. For now, I honor my body and its need to rest.

My meditation on sickness of the body is best observed within the sickness. All we encounter is an opportunity for practice.

Finally, I am very grateful to Leslie who has cared for me these past days. Thank you.

Feb 27

Today’s Happiness

The day is coming to a close and I feel happy. What brought me happiness today?

  • the beautiful sunshine
  • arriving at work super early
  • dinner organized by Leslie (yummy food from Farmer & the Cook)
  • completing two OCLC WMS tasks that have been waiting for weeks
  • completing a sangha directory request from the UK that’s been waiting for months (and it wasn’t even that difficult)
  • new David Sylvian bootlegs (2003 & 2007)
  • shipment of Tonx coffee arrived – they are Sandia de Puno from Peru
  • making new connections on LinkedIn

I’m just going to stop there so I can also be happy for my bed in a few minutes.

Peace.

Jan 04

What I Read in 2012

This is a reasonably accurate list of the books I read in the last year: nine eleven non-fiction and six fiction titles. That said, since I didn’t keep track as the year went by there may be a couple missing titles.

Non-Fiction

  1. What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us Guy Kawasaki (ebook)
  2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
  3. Bite-Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Over Worked Librarian Nancy Dowd
  4. The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity Bruce Hood 368 pages
  5. Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries Thich Nhat Hanh 544 pages
  6. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh, Melvin McLeod 384 pages
  7. Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice Thich Nhat Hanh 92 pages
  8. Healing: A Woman’s Journey from Doctor to Nun Sister Dang Nghiem 146 pages
  9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain 368 pages (didn’t finish)
  10. A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh 62 pages
  11. Conscious Loving: The Journey to Co-Committment by Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks (my wife just reminded me that I read this book too)

Fiction

  1. Time Travelers Never Die Jack McDevitt 385 pages
  2. The Facility: A Novel Simon Lelic 352 pages
  3. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell, 509 pages
  4. Amped Daniel H. Wilson 352 pages
  5. Among Others Jo Walton 304 pages (ebook)
  6. Those Across the River Christopher Buehlman 352 pages

See my online bookshelf with details and reviews.

Mar 11

Lamp Transmission for Kenley

With deep joy and gratitude, I am happy to share with you the good news that I have been invited to receive the Lamp of Wisdom, encouragement to teach, by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community. Lamp Transmission Ceremonies for monastic and lay practitioners will be held at Deer Park Monastery, near San Diego on Saturday, March 17-18, 2012. My friends Karen Hilsberg, John Salerno-White, Joann Rosen, and Jim Scott-Behrends will all receive the Lamp at Deer Park next weekend. In total, there will be 8-lay practitioners and 6-monastics receiving over the course of two days. Though the transmission is coming from Thich Nhat Hanh, he will not be physically present for the ceremony.

For those of you unfamiliar with this tradition, lamp transmission refers to "the manner in which the teaching, or Dharma, is passed from a Zen master to their disciple. The procedure establishes the disciple as a transmitting teacher in their own right and successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual 'bloodline' theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." According to Zen schools, the first instance of Dharma transmission occurred as transcribed in the Flower Sermon, when the Buddha held up a golden lotus flower given to him by Brahma before an assembly of "gods and men."

This is a deep honor along with a long term commitment. I am very grateful for my sangha, my family, and my friends who have supported me on this path. My hope is to include some pictures and words about my experience after next weekend.

#miscjoy #buddhism #dharma

In album 2012-03-11 (1 photo)

Self-Portrait in the Garden

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