The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

The Glorious (and Gory) Story Being sent on a Spirit Quest to do seva (service) for the Asian Elephants of Thailand, I had little idea of what that meant. I had only a remembrance that I had been there 10 years ago. At that time, my heart was calling me to ride an...
Environment of Love

Environment of Love

hello mighty readership! i write to you from the backyards of Harlem, which are less gritty city, more birds singing in the backyard to accompany the dance of dogs and cats rolling in the grass. i am here for a few weeks housesitting for my friends Annie and Seth...
Creating a World of Change

Creating a World of Change

Always in motion is the future. ~ Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back ~ three days ago would have signaled my 12th anniversary of moving to NYC. today i found this draft from September 16th, 2012 (written just a month shy of my 9th anniversary of moving...
Listening to the Voices

Listening to the Voices

Understand Heaven in a very literal sense—Space. See, we are in Heaven now because the Earth is a spaceship, and Heaven is Space. What is called in Chinese ‘Kōng,’ Japanese ‘Kū,’ 空 – the void. That’s what is important. That we, most of us, don’t know this. Even...
Hanging Out Amongst the Shadows

Hanging Out Amongst the Shadows

Abiding is an in-between experience. Because of that, it gets less attention. It’s not a peak event such as arriving or departing or even an intentional action such as accumulating or releasing. Lacking an obvious drama to pull you in, it is easy to miss or ignore or...
Softening Our Shells

Softening Our Shells

“You already have everything you need to be happy.” Bingo! All of us experience moments of insight that pop up out of nowhere. Maybe it was a matter of time and practice…drip, drip, drip, the bucket fills. Or maybe something more ordinary like boredom or exhaustion or...
All in the Beginning.

All in the Beginning.

here i am again. at a new beginning. beginning again. i am back in a familiar place. i am back at grad school. there is a comfort and a joy being back with my PIMA class. some of the characters have changed—we lost Jules to CalArts and we gained new faculty. John,...
A State of Overwhelming Change

A State of Overwhelming Change

loss, unfortunately, seems to be a part of every process. whether it is in life, in art, or in the weird liminal state between the two, one must give something up in order to make room for exactly what each phase, each project, and each moment needs. this Lobsterbird...

Connecting Red Threads

Toshi and i have been friends for 7 years now. we met in Voice & Speech class when i first started acting school at HB Studio and he just moved to the U.S. from Japan. we were friends at first sight even though we never officially hung out that much outside of...