Zen Hoofprint – Coming to a Fork in the Road – by Bob Rush


Seasons change, people change, plans change. Usually when I write, it’s about something that pops into my subconscious, rolls around for awhile, then gels into something that makes sense. Hopefully! With some inspiration from the universe and certain highly creative folks in my life, I am embarking on a new series of personal columns filled with tools designed to help me transform my life so I can become the best authentic me I can be in 2019. Each month I will introduce, and expand upon, a principle that will help me enhance my life.

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Visions of An Authentic Life – by Bob Rush


To see is to gaze past the obvious. What is in our field of vision is not what is always there before our eyes. In yoga, there is the term, “Drishti” – a focused concentrated vision allowing us to really see the world as it truly is. It brings the world into clarity. There are so many distractions both visually and mentally, that we often miss the intricate and beautiful design of the universe. Think of snowflakes, leaves, how the grass rolls in a hay field on a windy day, the curl of waves breaking upon the shore and other visual pictures that are sometimes taken for granted.

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A Zen Hoofprint – The Choices of Imagination – by Bob Rush


I am the sum total of my choices, Good, or bad, they have led me to where I am at this moment. They do not define who I am, yet their influence have directed my life’s path. In the deepest depths of my soul, I now that it is my choices that also determine my quality of life. I think that when we acknowledge that we always have a choice no matter what the situation, we lose the victim mentality.

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Zen Hoofprints – Looking To Sweeter Things – by Bob Rush


As another year of my journey is in the books, there are many projects on my mind. They span many subject areas like more time in meditation, more consistent yoga practice, seeking healthier nutrition and the biggie…writing a book. This is , of course, in addition, to doing my best at work and keeping in better touch with family and friends. Seems like a tall and lofty order. The trick here is not to put too much pressure on myself in seeking these goals. Further, said objectives should not be unrealistic. By that I mean like writing my book in one fell swoop. Also, it can lead to frustration. Many a time, have I attempted to learn a skill only to set myself up to fail by not devoting the time, energy and practice needed. I wind up failing then quitting. Goal denied.

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To Be is to Reap – by Bob Rush


I had written what I thought was a very thought provoking piece. Upon a second reading, I found it lacking. So, back to the dart board rather than the drawing board. I tend to write like I think which sometimes gets me into deep kimchee. Thoughts come fast and furious, get jumbled and lead me off point. That being said, it is time to turn my attention to the chosen theme of to reap. There is such awesome power in such a small but elegant word. It so flows like a cork on the currents of a stream. My journey to date is really about choice and through these my road map is created. If followed to the best of our abilities, life’s gifts and significant miracles appear. Remember to keep your mind’s eye open. At the crux of living an abundant life is not to let the negativity influences color and decide the choices we make. It is about seizing the power rather than just being another one of the sheeple.

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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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