Category Archives: The 49 Day Buddha Challenge

Through the Dark Night of the Soul…the 49-Day Buddha Challenge Continues

June 24, 2015 Today was Day 24 of the 49-Buddha Challenge.  It has been interesting, I have learned a lot, and I have faced some demons.  I’m not sure what exactly caused me to have a moderate bout of depression … Continue reading

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Ups and Downs this weekend

Wow, the weekend went by quickly.  I chilled out and watched an interesting movie (K-PAX) Friday night.  I got some good sleep and felt like I had more energy Saturday.  I hit some golf balls and worked on the van.  … Continue reading

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Depression as an indicator, working on the van camper

I don’t know why, but when I get tired, I get depressed.  When I don’t take good care of myself, I get depressed. I’ve been working some pretty strange hours this last week, working past 2:00 in the morning a … Continue reading

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Things looking a brighter on the beginning of Week 3

This weekend had a lot of ups and downs regarding the 49-Day Buddha challenge, as a lot of old inner haunts were revisited.  Perhaps this is a result of meditation and spending less time distracted; it gives more time for … Continue reading

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The 49-Day Buddha Challenge – Looking back and forward after Two Weeks

[I apologize for this being so long and often negative.  I’m just working through some things.  It does end, I think, on a positive note.  Just be warned.] I’ve come to an interesting point.  It was probably inevitable.  It stems … Continue reading

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Looking Back – First Week of the Buddha Challenge

It’s remarkable how quickly your body and mind reward you for paying them some attention – the good kind.  The system responds as it should from an evolutionary perspective; it reinforces what makes it function better.  And feeling good is … Continue reading

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Some light-hearted reading material

If you need a break from the serious literature, the Breakfast with Buddha series provides lighthearted and entertaining but still instructive material that is generally consistent with core Buddhist teachings.  I also enjoyed The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, which … Continue reading

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Day 3 of the 49-day Buddha Challenge

Only the third day and already I feel that things are subtly different.  I was excited to hear that a couple of readers are also going to try the Buddha Challenge.  As the philosophy can be quite confusing initially, I … Continue reading

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Day 2 of the Buddha Challenge

June 2, 2015 7:00 AM Day 1 went well.  Checking in on my biggest challenge — I stuck to 1 beer and consumed it mindfully.  I guess it makes sense to wonder why I am doing this.  It is just … Continue reading

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49 Days of the Buddha Challenge

  I came across an interesting saying last night (in a Buddhist documentary, but the saying was attributed to Islam): The unwise try and change others The semi-wise try to change the environment The wise change themselves.   I have … Continue reading

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