Entries by Trudy Boyle

Martin Luther King – Peace on Earth

An excerpt from a Martin Luther King sermon, called Peace on Earth It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of […]

Residential Certification Program in Japanese Psychology

This nine-day program is a unique educational opportunity, providing training and practice in Japanese Psychology, specifically Morita Therapy and Naikan. The curriculum of the program is broad, powerful, and relevant to both our everyday lives and our grandest dreams.

Naikan Retreat: April 7-14, 2018

How do we find the time and space for quiet self-reflection, if we want to want to look deeply at how we are living? How do we press the pause button, so to speak, and reflect clearly on our lives?

Christmas time with GK Chesterton

“What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling to a point, Santa Claus has grown larger and larger in my life until he fills almost the whole of it. It happened in this way. As a child I […]

Reviewing the Day

Nine years ago, when my Granddaughter Sophie was not quite three, I had the pleasure of putting her to bed, when I would come to visit, from across the country. We would sit in the big cozy rocking chair in her room and I would ask what story she would like to hear. It was […]

Achievements

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.       Michelle Obama Living in a culture where the “self-made” person is idolized, […]

A Way of Life

Many years ago I received a beautiful book from a friend. It is a manual of Epictetus with Calligraphy by Claude Mediavilla. I have always had an affinity to the stoics, especially Epictetus, so of course I have enjoyed perusing this small book. One of the passages keeps leaping out at me, each time I […]

Gratitude – a side effect of Naikan

Love is rooted in gratitude, it’s rooted in appreciation, and it’s rooted in not forgetting all of the things that are done for you by others every single day.        —Dawa Tarchin Phillips from the article, Love Grows With Gratitude. When I read those words yesterday my immediate reaction was YES! It is true. My next […]

Small Joys – Les Petits Bonheurs

When my Granddaughter Sophie was seven, she came home from school with a completed project titled, Les Petits Bonheurs. This project was a booklet where she had illustrated a “small joy” on each page. I was so touched with the wisdom of her teacher and the small joys that Sophie had illustrated that I decided […]

My Naikan Lens

As an amateur photographer I am interested in the art of seeing. What I have learned about photography is that an excellent photograph has more to do with “seeing” than with expensive equipment. Naturally we learn about and utilize the equipment we have in order to take advantage of the photographic opportunity. But so much […]