To Ever Evolve – by Bob Rush


I often feel like I have hit the proverbial brick wall. You know, in a rut, spinning one’s wheels, running in place and so on. It’s one step forward and three steps back with an occasional sidestep. This seems to come from setting my bar way too high to the point of being unrealistic. And in so doing, frustration has made me an easy mark. Bring on the should of’s.

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A Zen Hoof Print ~ Imperfection – by Bob Rush


Why, sometimes, am I my own worst critic. I have rained more hell on myself that any thundering horde of the apocalypse. It sounds ridiculous but it’s true. I think part of it is that I better do things, say things, write things and so forth absolutely perfect so everyone will think I am special and won’t be left alone. That feeling of needing to belong and seeking unnecessary approval of others.

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Wait!…You mean I get a Do-Over – by Bob Rush


One of the real joys of life is the chance to stop, reset the focus, exhale and know I can always start my day over at anytime. Pretty powerful medicine. Such a delicious thought. For so long, if I was stuck in the old hamster wheel of going nowhere fast, I would just accept it, put my blinders on, be the dutiful soldier and march on. Include a little more grimacing as I march. Little did I realize that I always had the power to change my situation in a blink of an eye.

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Flowing into the Stream of Choice by Bob Rush


So much of the events in our lives are the result of the choices we have made. Choice is probably one of the single greatest tools we are armed with when dealing with our day to day lives. Over the course of my time on this planet, I have made some really good ones and some really bad ones. The power of these comes from the lessons learned. Growth comes from realizing that within any experience, we are ultimately responsible for the situation and how the situation ultimately plays out.

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A Zen Hoofprint – I Am – by Bob Rush


I am. Simple, powerful and to the point. I think of this as the gateway to your divine self. Wow,what a awesome concept.
It is a declaration of being, a statement of our aliveness, a daily mantra. How then, do we approach the essence of these words.

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A Zen Hoofprint – Service – by Bob Rush


I had not planned to do a column this issue but something I participated in today changed my mind. Today, I was part of the Wreaths Across America project at Arlington National Cemetery. Every gravestone had a wreath placed upon it and a moment of rememberance.

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Released – by Bob Rush


Good grief, I almost missed the bus, It is hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the end of another year. Wait, isn’t it still April, no blink your eyes and it’s almost Thanksgiving. Where the hell has the time gone.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


This day finds me thoughtful. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left their imprint on many lives and of course, it is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It is with these images in mind that I need to be even more grateful than ever. Life is just too short to whine. I give myself a little analogy when I get frantic. I could be the one who has to walk miles with two buckets to get water. There is a documentary movie out , “Happy“. Give it a look. It gave me a new perspective on what really makes us happy.

It is so crucial that we try to stay in and appreciate the moment. There cannot be an attitude that “it can’t happen to me or here.” As we have seen in recent history, there is no real safety. We must be vigilant but not stop living our lives. We cannot close our minds and hearts in fear. It begins with something as simple as remembering to breathe. I am approaching my sixty fourth year on this journey and looking for the opportunity to gear down a bit. Not time to retire but more a chance to slow down the pace.

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Realiz(ations) – by Bob Rush


Things we have come to know and process become imprints even to the point of touching the soul. My journey to date has been a bit all over the map. A little zig, a little zag, one step forward and three steps back. But, that is okay. I guess perfection might be a bit boring. Over the course of my time here, I am hopeful that I have learned a few things. The journey is in each moment and how we realize the magic in ordinary occurrences. Sometimes the key is a heightened awareness. So, here are a few observations (aka realizations) from the fun so far.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


I am troubled. As many of you know, I am trying to relocate down to central Virginia. I fell in love with the City of Charlottesville and can’t wait to get there. The city is vibrant with a gorgeous pedestrian mall, great eateries, book stores (imagine that) music venues, theaters and the like. In the evenings the pedestrian mall comes alive. Its a giggle to just sit and watch humanity.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


My journey continues to take me to places where I can move forward and continue to grow spiritually or once again, get lost in the weeds. Sometimes the little ankle biters are my nemesis. It is a matter of stopping the down spiral, and remembering to breathe and rewind to start my day over again.

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Stalking My Roots – by Bob Rush


I admit, I am somewhat of a history buff. The past can shed light on our journey forward. There is so much to be learned and assimilated from our individual legacies, And it is with this knowledge, that can give us a sense of purpose and direction. Its like saying , “where do we go from here?”. Now, I am not saying that I am sure I am a direct descendant of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. That is too easy. There is just something special and satisfying in finding your roots. I am extremely grateful to my late mom and my sister for doing a heck of lot of the geneological research and leg work on the family history.

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Stoke the Embers – by Bob Rush


I have been all over the map lately. Off into the weeds, off into the ethers, and sometimes just plain off. There are so many things that I want to accomplish yet, I feel stuck in reaching my goals. I am truly blessed, yet find myself wanting more. Not material things, but rather intellectual and spiritual fulfillment. Sounds lofty but it truly is where my head is at. Some of it is also where I am at in my journey in this incarnation. Its about stoking the fire that resides within. It is the motivator, the focal point and the reason for my being. Fire is life, fire is power and fire is like a fuel that keeps me on track.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


For some creative strange reason, I always feel like I do my best writing at the last minute. Comes down to whatever seems to work, I guess. I have been thinking about what I have been writing about and felt I had become somewhat repetitive with my subject matter. I reached out to a mentor, who is awesome, and she gave me some food for thought. I think it is really about having the courage to say “I need help“.  There is something quite freeing once you reach out. I liken it to the big exhale.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


I have been on a bit of a sabbatical from writing. I found myself forcing things and being entirely unhappy with anything I wrote. To me, the creative process is not something that you can force. It must flow naturally.  I am in awe of many of the writers of The Magic Happens. There is something very humbling when you read much of their work. Art is somewhat like “The Force“. It must be inspired, flow like a cork on the water and of course, be in the moment.

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Road Maps – by Bob Rush


We need a certain sense of direction to assist in reaching our life goals. In order to accomplish our desires, a plan is necessary.  I think of a plan being like the tiller of a sailboat. Without one, the boat is subject to the forces of nature without any direction. The tiller allows to steer through the water to wherever we seek to go. Otherwise we drift aimlessly on the water.

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A Zen Hoofprint – by Bob Rush


Its good to be back. Life has been a bit stressed, with many anticipated changes taking much longer than I had expected. Back to my life lesson of if you think you are patient, you probably are not. And of course, the second part of the lesson is letting it all go. I need to climb out of the driver’s seat and reacquaint myself with faith, hope and trust.  Many a day that is a tall order. I need to remember in this journey, that it is about progressing a bit rather than doing it perfectly.

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Believe in the Magic – by Bob Rush


It is the time of the year that reminds me to act with an open heart. I feel that it is about always coming from your highest , authentic self. With that said, it is paramount to always look for the best in any situation. While it may sound a bit pollyanna, having a positive outlook is the foundation in living a life with an open heart, open mind and having the ability to live abundantly. I would like to put forth that in order to live with an open heart you must have an open mind. Think of a hand and glove. In this way of conducting oneself, a genuiness of soul is created. Heart and mind must operate in concert.

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