Yoga Love: “Go Slowly to the Other Side”

Dear Friends, My eyes are open and the only sights are unmoving, banana leaves and patches of sun through their broad leaves. All is green. The air buzzes with humming insects, roosters crowing, the exhalations of my neighbors, and a voice above saying, “Breathe.” I’m lying on my back in Ubud, in a room so open…

You Were You, Before You Were Even You

It’s yours in heaven, it’s yours on the earth; you’re blessed in heaven, you’re blessed on the earth; you’re free in heaven, you’re free on the earth.You’re blessed, go and get your stuff; you’re blessed.– T.D Jakes Before there was a name for the sunset, what did they call the deep spreading of pink across…

I Vow to Thee, Myself…

Hi Friends, After work, I met up with my friend SA for a bite in Nihonbashi. We met at six, and since I finish work at 4:45, I had some time to browse in Maruzen (the bookstore next to my workplace). The English section on the third floor isn’t extensive, but it’s good (enough). At the very…

Happy 2014!

Hola! January 1, without a doubt, is the most exciting day of the year. The future’s bright, as plans and resolutions are being made, and everything before this moment– just history. It’s 6am now, quite dark, and instead of going to sleep, I decided to write seven goals for the future. 1) Be grateful. Write at…

Personal Philosophies

Dear Friends, The winter in Tokyo has been mild. Oddly enough, each day in December has gotten warmer than the last, and we will be ending this year at fifty-seven degrees. When I told my mother how warm it is, she concluded that it’s all global warming, and that I should be more worried, and…

The Genesis

Everyday I write a things to do list, and everyday it seems to be the same list. How does that happen? There’ll be about five or things on the list that carry over to the next day, and it seems that little gets done. So, what I usually do is write a few things that I…

“The Hotter the Battle, the Sweeter the Victory”

Dear Friends, This morning, I went to a bread company in central Tokyo to assess the English levels of a few employees. The HR department of that company periodically gives their employees an opportunity to study English for a few months. In the assessments, routine questions are asked about hobbies, interests, family, etc. I spoke to ten people,…

Tokyo: It’s Pink Now.

Dear Friends, The sunlight is pink now. It’s 5:23pm and as the sun sets on the brick building across the street, the world glows petal-pink through the still, sheer white curtains. No wind stirs, but the temperature has dropped many degrees since last week and it’s cool inside. Tokyo’s perfect today, even in the swirl…

A Lifetime of Used Tos

It’s an early summer morning in Tokyo. I have been sitting beside the Sumida River for some time; it’s the only place to escape the heat. At 10am, it’s already 85 degrees. There’s a small breeze here, and I’m trying to compose my thoughts, while the life around me interferes. A large green bug lands on me. It…

The Wind’s Beside Me

Riding a bicycle on long stretches of open road could possibly be the most exhilarating feeling there is. It feels like waking up to your favorite song; it feels like drinking a cappuccino with an extra shot shot of espresso; it feels like the second time you kiss someone you really like; the time you know exactly how to tilt your…