Impermanence. It’s a bitch. Or is it? 

Impermanence. It’s a bitch. Or is it? 

 Blog post to follow. Stay tuned. #thepersistenceofvanishingthings #impermanent #impermanence #meditation #meditation #mindfulness #mindset #havefun #righthererightnow #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhitephotography #chicago #chicagomeditation


One Easy Way to Help Save the Planet

Save the environment with brown sugar, kitchen waste and water!

It’s easy. All you need is things you already have.

One Part – brown sugar







And then quite a bit of water … 

It’s one thing to talk about global warming and saving the planet. But the truth is, it can feel so overwhelming to fix anything. But we must not get stuck in that feeling. And that’s why I love this idea.

The cold truth is, none of us needs to, or can, save the Whole Planet by ourselves. Clearly, this is a group effort. Remember the saying, Think Globally. Act Locally? That may really be a serious key to solving many problems we face on earth.

Rather than waiting for our respective governments to do anything, or for big businesses to fix it – we can, each of us, do small simple things that are pretty much FREE that make a difference.

Like grow great big veggies. 

And then what we get is a ripple effect. Except friendlier. What we can avoid is more storms like that one. Instead …

Each one of us, a tiny piece of a larger whole – acting more mindfully, trying something new, like this enzyme made from kitchen garbage, water and brown sugar.

What we get is a healthier body, household, community, planet.

And yes, the link has a great deal of Chinese in it…don’t let that throw you. There’s enough english and photos to make it pretty clear. And if you have questions – by all means, send them on. I’ll be looking into updating the text some to make the info even more accessible.

Drop us a line about how it goes.

Want to learn more? Or visit us in Chicago.

With Metta,



3 Reasons Why Meditation Matters

1. Because meditation leads to seeing reality clearly.

2. Seeing reality clearly leads to wisdom in balance with compassion.

3. Wisdom in balance with compassion leads to living so we can be of benefit with each thing we do, say or think.

Want to learn more about this?

I invite you to come visit Calm Chicago: the mind & body center in Chicago (Chinatown). We teach meditation, taiji (or tai chi depending on how you like to spell it!) and qigong all with the idea to bring the mind and body together in order to leave healthy, peaceful lives, to be of benefit in all we do.

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Meditation is critical to seeing clearly: a message from my teacher, Master Ji Ru

This is a message from my teacher,
Master Ji Ru, Abbot of the
Mid-America Buddhist Association
Some people say Buddhism is pessimistic. Buddhism is not pessimistic. It is not optimistic. Buddhism is realistic. It asks us to remove the fog that clouds our thinking. When our minds are clear, we can see conditions clearly; and, when you see conditions clearly because you have mastered your mind, the struggle ends.Then, moving from moment to moment, you joyfully accept all conditions.

Problems are not bad or good. Problems are situations requiring a solution. Solutions that work come from clear minds. We are faced with very big problems at this point in our history. Pollution, poverty and war, for example, threaten all of us. These problems are increasing, not decreasing. Soon,scientists say, these problems will be out of our control. But, so far, our solutions have been lacking because our minds are not clear.

Having not mastered our minds, we are unable to see conditions clearly, and we continue to struggle. Now, time is running out. We have to learn how to see conditions clearly, through meditation and practice. We have to learn to master our minds. There is no other way.

~ Master Ji Ru (Shifu)
I’d like to add only that one need not become a Buddhist to practice and receive the profound benefits of daily meditation. I strongly encourage you all to experience it yourselves and see.

I agree very much with my teacher, that we are at a critical juncture. What we do, say and think every day matters. Meditation allows us to embark on a path in which we can clearly see  our deep links of interconnection as well as the state of our own minds.

It’s a matter of good housekeeping. When the house is a mess our lives are chaotic. We can’t find the keys, the homework, the tools we need for everyday life. When the mind is in confusion and disarray, we know how hard it is to see and think clearly. Meditation gives us the habits of keeping the mental house clean so we can make choices that allow us to live more wisely, peacefully and happily.

The future is being created right now, minute by minute. We need to bring the most clarity and mindful awareness we can to all our actions, words and thoughts. In this way we can hope solve the problems facing our planet now and tomorrow.

Thanks for reading this and giving these ideas your attention and consideration. Wishing peace and happiness for everyone. Hillary