Chop Wood, Carry Water in the Real World

This is guest post by Joan Klostermann-Ketels of Being of Sound Spirit One of the great challenges to being out in nature – for me anyway – is to get in synch with it. To do that I must first shake my incessant need to DO. In the back of my mind and the pit of my stomach is a gnawing sense that I might be using this time in a more productive way. I should be balancing my checkbook, working on a sales proposal, calling somebody about a meeting or fixing the roof. Of course nothing could be farther from the truth.

Slow Movement: The Secret to Truly Living

“Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.” ~William Shakespeare You’ve probably heard this before…slow down!  But not as often as…hurry up!  Quit stalling! You need to multi-task! Meanwhile, we are starved for time and a feeling of connection, are missing the random, unexpected and simple beauties of life.  Is it worth it? It’s ok for technology to evolve at hyper-speed.  Humans don’t evolve that way though, or at least not in a positive direction.  Nerves are shredded, patience is thinned, health suffers, vision narrows...

The Spirituality of Effective Communication

This is guest post by Joan Klostermann-Ketels of Being of Sound Spirit Say one word with your mouth shut! ~ Zen saying

This wonderful statement implores the student of Zen to convey meaning, intention and condition through simple, focused attention. The idea that a sender of communication could accomplish complete understanding on the part of the receiver by becoming the manifestation of one perfectly formed thought runs counter to our modern society, which relies more on sensory overload.

Thirsting for Spaces

This is guest post by Joan Klostermann-Ketels of Being of Sound Spirit With all the determination of Peyton Manning in a 2-minute offense, I reared back to throw my laptop into the icy cold of the Iowa River. Had there been a crowd it would have been roaring. But at the last second, sanity returned. I’m glad it did. I like my computer. Besides, the whole misunderstanding wasn’t its fault.

How to Create Efficient and Simple To-Do Lists

“Don’t agonize, organize.” ~Florynce Kennedy I love to-do lists.  I used to be addicted to them (and let them dominate my day).  I’d sit there and watch my little list turn into a big, hairy...