Category Archives: Meditations

Spring flowers – 2017

After record breaking winter rains, a deep snow pack, and a horrible political winter, our California flowers surged forth reminding us that life triumphs death and that there is still hope and time to nourish each other and our planet.  … Continue reading

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Japanese Friendship Garden: Oasis of serenity

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden is an oasis of serenity amidst a bustling city and its freeways.  Per the “Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego Visitor Guide,” this garden is named “San-Kei-En,” … Continue reading

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A Peruvian Apple Cactus interlude

(Updated August 20, 2015) We were surprised to see a flower bud because just two months earlier we had placed Peruvian Apple Cactus cuttings into large planters filled with a homemade cactus planting mix containing potting soil, coir, perlite and … Continue reading

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A pitahaya summer interlude

(Updated July 25, 2015) It began with the waxing of the Full Buck Moon.* It was almost like praying. Our White-fleshed pitahaya, Hylocereus undatus, began to send a bud towards the heavens as it did last August under the Full … Continue reading

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A night-blooming interlude

Magic energy seemed to be in the cool night air on the eve of summer solstice as our night-blooming cereus opened its flower buds… Revealing its stamens and stigma… Six blooms opened at the same time… Adding grace, beauty, and … Continue reading

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Space gleanings

“The fourth pebble represents space, space that is within me and around me,” says Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.  See his “Pebbles Meditation” in his book, A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles.  “Breathing in, I see myself as … Continue reading

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Ocean gleanings

We can see the Pacific Ocean from our house on the San Diego coast but we can not hear or see its waves.  So to round out our camping season, we pull our Airstream Safari on a 45-minute drive up … Continue reading

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