Zen, life, and relationships are too important to be taken gravely. Life is a cosmic theater where we should endeavor to play our essential roles significantly, while not taking them too seriously. The powerful production goes on, and you want to develop a verse, edit, and rewrite your own story. Your reach should exceed your grasp, so keep your feet in the mud but aim for the stars. If you only grab the moon accept it cheerfully. 



Bushido Mood

Life is not easy, nothing is free, and everything has meaning. You might be sliding down the razor blade of life and be depressed. But most of the time you are responsible for your own mood. Others can influence you, but you picked them and/or gave them permission to be part of your existence. You know the one about; “I was depressed about not having shoes until I saw a man without feet.” To remind me that a situation can be worse, I have a framed photo of me when I was in Alaska. It was forty below zero Fahrenheit, my face was full of frozen ice, and I was miles from shelter. Cheer up. Satoru.


Staying Centered

Symmetry, interconnectedness, balance, and focus are all parts of good physical and mental health. All aspects of supporting a healthy mind and body are interdependent. You can run every day, dissipate all your stress, and lift weights at the gym. But, if you do not get a good night’s sleep and eat too much sugar, some parts of your system pay a price. Staying centered is also about equilibrium, calculating, stabilizing and putting yourself in the right position, mentally and physically.



Drink in the miracle of water. We are water. We need water. Just remember that it was pure water that killed the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz. Water is the universal conduct. Water is powerful, it can destroy iron and put out a fire. Nothing is softer than water but it can overcome rock. Too many people are so thirsty that they drink the water that should be used to prime the pump. Be like water, if you are trapped make a new path. God is in the rain. Dark have been my dreams of late but like tears in the rain, I keep them hidden. Drink more pure water, while you still can. Satoru.

Enhance your perception for a New Year’s Change.

Some people wait all their lives for an opportunity that is sitting
right in front of them, but end up missing it because of fear and
reluctance to take chances. They let their excess baggage get in the
way. Remember that Zen perception is about living in the now of the
present moment, as well as spontaneity and simplicity.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

Live in the Zen Now

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Sing like nobody’s listening.

Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

Have a good holiday and drink more water.


Communication and Politics

“Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars” (Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary)

Can you talk with marbles in your mouth? The junior senators in ancient Rome practiced elocution by giving speeches with four marbles in their mouths. After practicing extensively, they took one marble out of their mouth. They continued speaking in public and improved their erudition. Taking another marble out of their mouths they spoke in public making sure that they were understood. Eventually, when they lost all their marbles they became senators.

It is interesting to note that 95% of our senators and congressmen are lawyers. There is no law in the U.S.A. that, scrutinizes congressmen’s or senators’ finances and compares them before and after they have held office. Many of our politicians become significantly rich while in office considering their base salaries. Could a law degree and being a politician possibly have become a license to enrich your life disproportionately to your ability or at others’ expense?

Un-presidentially, Agent Orange just can’t help it, because he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.