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Wishing you a forgetful New Year


“To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self.” Dogen

I like the word “forgetting.” To forget the self is to allow the concerns of ego to drop away. Subtle stuff, though, isn’t it? For some, being more assertive is actually a “forgetting,” a forgetting of insecurity and fear. In this sense, forgetting the self means letting inner obstacles drop away, becoming present to the now, appreciating the only truth and reality we have — the present moment…..Happy New Year and best wishes for a year full, rich, and attentive.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.

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