I am not much of a blog-follower, so I don’t blame you if you don’t follow mine. There are blogs, however, and websites galore, that nourish, inspire, and challenge me whenever I pop in. Here is a sampling:
Zen and Koans:
- Pacific Zen Institute – The home website for the Zen community that definitely nourishes, inspires, and challenges me. (If you live in Sonoma County, you might want to visit the local website: www.santarosazen.org)
- Zenosaurus – Zen teacher John Tarrant’s online course in koans.
- Zennotes: My teacher Rachel Boughton’s whipsmart, open-hearted blog about meditation and koans and how the mind works. Rachel is the director of the Santa Rosa zendo I attend.
- It’s Alive! Another blog about working with koans from the bright and soulful Jesse Cardin.
Writing and Storytelling:
- BrainPickings – A compendium of essays and tips on books, art and creativity. I never seem to be able to spend enough time here.
- Ursula K. LeGuin – Website of my favorite living author. That’s all I need to say.
- The Oxford Muse – A foundation to stimulate courage and invention in personal, professional and cultural life. This website is chock full of, yes, courage and invention, and fascinating “self-portaits.”
- School of Myth – Website and blog of Martin Shaw, a story- and mythteller from Devon, England. I dream of attending his course someday, here or there, in a box or with a fox, somehow, someway.
- Rafe Martin – Nourishing articles about storytelling, writing, and Zen. The intersection of these is beginning to look more and more like my home.
- Redwood Writers – Our local branch of the California Writers Club.
Different Ways of Living in the World:
- Monan’s Rill – The website for the beautiful community in which I live. I am so blessed to have landed here!
- Rites of Passage – Nature-based Vision Quest programs for healing, transformation, and leadership. (Disclaimer: I have never attended one. It’s just headed up by really wonderful good friends, and perhaps some day…)
- Fellowship for Intentional Community – If you are curious about living in community, start here.
- Yes! Magazine – Hands down, my favorite magazine about progressive, positive developments in the world.