Andrew Furst

Slowing Down To – Well – Slow Down

Posted by in Meditations, Slowing Down

. An aphorism I hear in the business world is Slowing Down to Speed Up.  A quick google search on the phrase pulls up articles from Forbes, Huffington Post, Linkedin, and a bevy of other blog posts. No doubt there is some neat paradigm shifting and paradox straddling that might attract some open minded types. But, to my sensibilities the idea that we can speed up by slowing down sounds pretty foolish. I’m going to skip the new math that these kind of ditties seem to require in favor of something that feels…read more

The Day Lady Died by Frank O’Hara – Compass Songs

Posted by in Compass Songs (Poetry), Favorites

The Day Lady Died Frank O’Hara It is 12:20 in New York a Friday three days after Bastille day, yes it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner and I don’t know the people who will feed me I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun and have a hamburger and a malted and buy an ugly NEW WORLD WRITING to see what the poets in Ghana are doing these days…read more

Are American Christians Being Persecuted? – Dialectic Two Step

Posted by in Dialectic Two-Step, Writings

Question: What makes American Christians, in general, believe that they are being persecuted? Response: They’ve seen, over the past 400 years, the pendulum of history moving away from them on social hot button issues. I see this as more a conservative political block crying wolf. While I have no faith in the articles of the Nicaean creed, much of what the Christian teachings remain at the center of what this country is about. While the relentless edge of the constitution is carving off the irrelevant influences of the Christian religion…read more

Five Star Review of Clouds Tell Us

Posted by in Books, Clouds Tell Us

Roald Wilson offers another review of Clouds Tell Us and gives it 5 stars. It wouldn’t hurt the author’s cause if you headed over to buy a copy  for yourself and as a holiday gift for friends and family on Cyber-Saturday. The Review Clouds Tell Us is a collection of poetry exploring the intersection of nature and our humanity. What does it mean to be awake? What is it like to actually be alive? Could anything be more important than being awake for life? Nothing brings us back to it more than spending time…read more

Modern Koans – Why Right Effort?

Posted by in Eightfold Path Series, Modern Koans, Writings

The Eightfold Path Series This is the one of several posts I will be offering titled the Eightfold Path Series. As I’ve reflected on my experience, I’ve come to see the Path as both the practice and the fruition. As we inch closer to realization of our true nature, we discover that the wisdom, ethics, and mindfulness prescribed by the Buddha are the most natural expression of our being. John Daido Loori Roshi’s book Invoking Reality was transformational for me. In it Roshi turns the path on it’s head in a way that uncovers it’s challenge…read more

Spirit Falls – A Two Minute Meditation

Posted by in Meditation Videos, Meditations, Waterfalls

Spirit comes from the Latin spiritus meaning breath.  To breathe it to sustain life. These visits to New England waterfalls have become a life sustaining and refreshing ritual.  This week’s video is of Spirit Falls in Royalston, MA. Spirit Falls in Royalston, MA. If you enjoyed this post,  please like and share. Minute Meditations is an ongoing series of short videos, poems, and commentary intended as a meditation.  Offered as an opportunity to step back from your cyber routine and settle into a more natural rhythm, if only for a minute. Get Each…read more

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