It surprises me That misbelonging is not a word Because it feels so familiar to me All these boxes that I can’t fit Lay out by others Only to realize one’s too small, too big, too wide Maybe it’s the reason for why I can’t sit still Because I’m not meant to Someday I’ll find one […]
In many ways Portland was exactly how I imagined it. Bikes, beers, beards. It also confirmed a fear of mine: all major U.S cities are starting to look the same. As I walked around the neatly, alphabetically ordered streets of the Pearl District in Portland, I couldn’t help but notice how all the new condominiums looked exactly […]
Last night I spent 2 hours at a mediation center. Two hours? I thought. That sounds long. But it whizzed by like 2 minutes. Turns out, I’m pretty into myself. This session was part two of a 4 part series focusing on the Four Immeasurables, or the four main teachings of Buddhism: Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity. Yesterday’s […]
Black White Yellow Brown Rich Poor Tall Short Big Small Bi Straight Gay Old Young Don’t you see what separates us is chance?
“So,” the Dalai Lama finally said, slapping the Archbishop on the wrist playfully. “I prefer to go to hell than to heaven. I can solve more problems in hell. I can help more people there.” — The Book of Joy, pg 186
The best bowl of ramen came to me by chance. I had just sat down and the man sitting next to me made eye contact with me. “Here for the first time?” we both asked at the same time and we both laughed. “Yes,” I said. “Me too,” he said. Thus began a conversation of […]