Ed’s Blog

On Meditation & Mindfulness

On Meditation & Mindfulness

Like peas in a pod, meditation and mindfulness go together They are complimentary practices that enhance our exploration inward to knowing who we are. You will find many varied techniques and ways of practicing both meditation and mindfulness, however, the difference...

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Ignorance is Bliss?

Ignorance is Bliss?

I began my martial arts training in Ireland. I moved around to different schools until I found a good teacher, one who was skillful, but had humility and respect for his students. I loved the martial arts, and I am grateful to a fellow carpentry apprentice who...

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The Power of Karma

The Power of Karma

I was sitting writing up a proposal for work listening to music. A certain song began to play, and tears came to my eyes. It is amazing how a song can spark emotional responses in us even when our thoughts are far away from the experience that brought on the tears....

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Seeking Truth

Seeking Truth

I have spent a lot of my life seeking to discover who I am, what I am, and if I will continue on after this life, or simply end. I have pursued this from a very young age and most times it has been extremely frustrating, difficult, overwhelming, depressing and at...

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Haven’t We Had Enough Yet?

Haven’t We Had Enough Yet?

2020 was memorable in a lot of ways, many that we may want to forget. Every year presents us with personal challenges, dilemmas, and events that impact all of our lives, but few have had an effect like Covid-19 has. We have witnessed the enormous impact the virus...

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A Time for Joy

A Time for Joy

A friend, who was being treated for cancer, said to me one day, “I am so tired of people coming up to me with their sad, depressed voices and attitudes, thinking they are consoling me.” She said she had told them to stay away from her if they could not be upbeat! I...

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Pay Attention – Your Life Depends on It

One afternoon I called a friend and got what was his voicemail. It went something like this: “Hi, this is Jake. I can’t get to the phone right now, but leave me a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.” This seemed like a normal voicemail recording, but...

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The Missing Buddha

The Missing Buddha

A Parable by Ed Williamson On the outskirts of a village, a statue of the Buddha was perched atop a rock in a clearing near the woods. A gift to the village, the statue was placed there over three hundred years ago by a visitor. He had told the villagers...

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Touching Silence: Discovering the Boundless

Touching Silence: Discovering the Boundless

I have a pair of Tingsha, which may be used to begin or end a meditation. They make a beautiful sound when struck together. The reason they are struck at the beginning of meditation is to give one the perspective of going from sound, to silence. The sound...

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