You Get To Choose What It Means

When you see a child fall and skin their knee, do you see them as the victim of an uncontrollable circumstance and feel bad for them, or do you see them as the creator of an experience that fosters a desire for more balance and dexterity; allowing them to then move more freely and confidently … Continue reading

My Front Door Howls When The Wind Blows

My front door howls when the wind blows.  In fact, I discovered that I have a gap at the bottom of the door that I can stick my finger through. When I first noticed it, I found it amusing, even nostalgic.  The sound is reminiscent of when I used to listen to an audio recording … Continue reading

The “Old School” Compass That Saved Them All

My first “real job” coming out of college was working as a groundfish observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service. If you have ever watched any of the related reality shows like “Deadliest Catch,” then you have an idea of what it can be like.  I don’t know if it is anymore, but at the … Continue reading

Why I Changed My Name To Zen

Ken with mountains in the background

Hi!  I’m Zen. It was 2013 and I was meditating while overlooking the ocean at Esalen. (A beautiful place located on the Big Sur coast of California.) I knew that I was going to be beginning my Appalachian Trail thru hike that April and had heard that people take on alternative trail names.   Usually they … Continue reading

Why Spiritual Awakening Is Scary

Trees with flowers

A spiritual awakening is a life changing event.   You begin to question your own identity, who you are, and what’s really important to you. This is both the scariest and the most powerful aspect of awakening.   It causes you to question assumptions you have held and conclusions you believed to be true about yourself, others … Continue reading

Rabbits, Foxes, And How To Find Your Passion.

Do you feel stuck, lost, or like you are just going through the motions of life because you haven’t found your passion?   Today, I’m going to tell you the secret to finding your passion. And this time, I think I will actually use a parable of sorts.   I always liked Aesop’s fables.  And the moral … Continue reading