While based on my personal experiences, my posts will address issues of creativity and the general relationship between spiritual and artistic practices in contemporary society.  Here are some life experiences that will surely work their way  into my posts: 1) retired social-psychology professor, 2) lived 10 years at Kripalu Yoga Ashram, 3)  studied/ practiced, metal sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, photography, jazz drumming and painting, 4) currently studying and practicing Zen and Trumpet.

I view this Blog as an art performance piece.  Like Tehching Hsieh and Linda Montano, pictured here, Performance artists often commit themselves to undertake difficult and repetitive tasks in the full view of the public and whether anyone actually witnesses the performance is secondary. For instance, Tehching Hsieh and Linda Montano, pictured above, tethered themselves together for a period of one year.  It’s not really comparable, but I pledge to tether myself to my computer and  commit myself  to writing at least one blog post per week.  While much of what I write here will reflect or be based on weekly conversations I have with my teacher Jake Gage Sensei, any opinions expressed here do not represent those of The Vista Zen Center.




5 thoughts on “ABOUT THIS BLOG

  1. i like the blog about reading and meditating / being aware of your body , sensations. I am meditating more , but I am not quite sure the purpose of meditation, it takes awhile for my mental chatter to calm down, . i am glad to read this it reminds me to just be ware of what my body is feeling , and not judge it, that takes the focus away from the hamster wheel spinning my thoughts into a vortex , that sucks me out of the present. thankyou for reminding me of the purpose of meditation 🙂

  2. Really love your blog, it is a little overwhelming, as it is all so interesting.
    Thank you for sharing your reflections and research, it is much appreciated.

    Best wishes,

    Nigel (Australia)

    • Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a whole lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or sonihtemg. I believe which you could do with several pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this really is wonderful weblog. A fantastic read. I

  3. Hello,

    My name is Geoff Bell-Devaney and I am an artist and also the author of a new book on mindfulness entitled “The Inner Path: A Guide to Living a More Mindful, Fulfilling, and Spiritual Life”. In the hopes of receiving some honest and insightful reviews on Amazon for my newly released book, I am reaching out to people on Amazon who have reviewed other books on mindfulness. I noticed that you reviewed Ellen Langer’s book “On Becoming an Artist”, a book that is one of my personal favorites, and was wondering if you might be interested in receiving a copy of my new book to review. If so, I would be happy to send you a free ebook version in either epub (for Nook or eBook) or Mobi (for kindle) format.

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