Having studied Zen Buddhism for over forty years, I'm passionate about living a slow and simple life. Periods of silence and reflection are woven into my daily routine. For nearly thirty-five years I worked as a so called 'professional', most of the time I felt like a fish out of water. One day, I woke up to my own 'aha' moment, and decided to paint myself out of the room and into a new way of living.
"Normal' is not sitting dressed in clothes that you buy for work,
driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for,
in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for
the clothes, the car, and the house that you leave empty
all day in order to afford to live in it.
Professionally I studied clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, and Gestalt psychology, as a monastic I studied Zen sutras, mindfulness and sustainability. My exploration has taken me in serval directions, and now I seek to come back to my true nature.
I don't practice meditation or try to live a slow and simple life because I'm someone special or that I want to be different. I practice these things because I'll never be anyone else.