Explorations by Kenley Neufeld


Mixing Routine

By on October 14, 2010

I’m pretty fixed in my routine – variations occur very infrequently. I like it that way because it keeps me more stable; more sane. Today was different.┬áNormally the morning routine goes something like the following:

4:00am Alarm
4:20am Out of Bed
4:30am In the Zendo doing Yoga
4:50am In the Zendo meditating
5:30am Shower
5:50am Breakfast (650 calorie smoothie)
6:10am Ojai Coffee Roasting Company
6:30am Van Pool to work
7:30am Work

What happened today? Recurring snooze. Sleepiness. ┬áI didn’t get to bed any later than normal, but my body simply wanted to do something different and I decided to go with the flow. After sleeping a little later, I got up and took a shower, sat outside under the stars for a while, took a walk, snapped a picture, picked up the van, headed to the coffee shop, and now blogging!

By allowing this variation, I get to practice mindfulness to observe the feelings in the feelings, the body in the body, and the mind in the mind. Reflecting. Exploring.

Are you routine? Do you ever mix things up a bit? What does it feel like? Is it important to explore these variations?

Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

By on October 9, 2009

Congratulations to a person who has given hope and vision to the world after such a long dark period.

I’m not saying he’s perfect (far from it) nor am I saying I agree with everything he’s done (I don’t) but he has made a positive change.

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Urban City in a Small Town

By on September 29, 2009

Window display in Ojai Creates.

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Are you in Vietnam? Please Help.

By on September 28, 2009

The monks and nuns of BN are evicted from the temple and now are
staying temporarily in chua Phuoc Hue, the big temple of central Bao
Loc, right on the main highway Saigon-Dalat with the big statue and
locates next to the church. This is the temple that our delegation
visited with Thich Nhat Hanh on the trip 2007. Please get as many foreign faces
as possible to be there URGENTLY to WITNESS of what is happening. The
policeman are trying to finish the issue as quickly as they can to
avoid the media and public attention so they deny all legal
sponsorship of the abbot (ven. Thich Thai Thuan). They are making
pressure to him to ask the monastics leave IMMEDIATELY, not allow them
to spend even overnight but we know that is the safest place for our
brothers and sisters rightnow because it is not as far as Dambri and
they cannot control the road. So please tell any friend who is in VN
now come to Bao Loc RIGHT AWAY. Thank you so much.

Thanh Buoi bus leaves SG for Dalat once every hour. Their depot is in Le
Hong Phong St, District 5.

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My Online Persona

By on August 26, 2009

Thanks to Isaac Pigott's post on this, I decided to check it out.

What I found most fascinating was watching the tool develop the profile by searching the web based simply on entering my first and last name. This process may not work very well for someone with a common name, but for me it seemed to work pretty well.

The second surprising element is the sports piece; what's that all about?

Try it yourself.

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Digging the new Steve Earle

By on August 23, 2009

Lungs by Steve Earle  
Download now or listen on posterous

05 Lungs.mp3 (2717 KB)

Though I would not be considered a huge country music fan, I do own a few country albums. The latest from Steve Earle, a tribute to Towes Vans Zandt, is a sweet piece of music.

Check out this song Lungs from the 2009 release Townes.

Note: This post is a test. Sent as an email to Posterous with a crosspost to Twitter, Facebook, and misc.joy. The email includes formatting and links.

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Discoveries in Fasting

By on August 3, 2009

It has been eight years since the last time I fasted – it was in late 2001 – and for that fast I practiced in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters by fasting from sunrise to sunset for a couple of weeks.

Recently I was sharing about a personal relationship issue with a monastic friend and teacher and he suggested I start with a period of fasting. I was not completely clear on how this could help or be related, but I trust my friend and know that fasting is a common practice in the monastery. The intention here is not a detox fast, but one of a more spiritual nature. I started practicing with the fast for a 1-2 weeks by fasting for dinner. It wasn’t too difficult to eat two meals a day, the most difficult time being late afternoon. This did raise my confidence and understanding in fasting.


Exercise and Retreats

By on July 8, 2009

I typically am not a huge fan of exercise. However, while staying at the Deer Park Monastery I usually get more than my fair share due to the size of the property and the hills. In addition, we frequently have a time of recreational exercise including volleyball (my favorite) and basketball. Check this out from the recent visit. A very peaceful, fun, and non-competitive basketball game with my monastic friends.