SOULWORK: The Practice of Centering


Hummingbird by Karen DahlI spent several hours watching for hummingbirds thru the lens of my camera. I was propped against a screen door with Lake Superior in the foreground, but I was lost in my focus on the hummingbird feeder. It was a happy surprise when I saw that the Lake was also captured in the nectar bowl.

The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something.
– Koun Yamada


Pond by Karen Dahl

Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
– Eckhart Tolle

Chairs by Karen Dahl

Chairs by Karen Dahl
I forget sometimes that it is OK to sit. And it doesn’t have to be an invitation from a mossy seat. Sometimes it can just be a view: a sunset, chickens pecking in a yard, or birds at a feeder. Sit, enjoy.

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.
– Shunryu Suzuki

Photo by Karen Dahl

Photo by Ken Stewart