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Beauty and Balance

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A goldfish pond creates a haven for nature, and also builds friendship and community

by David Zurick

The frogs discovered my goldfish pond on the first day I filled it with water. The pond hadn’t yet settled into the garden. Its rubber liner showed like an embarrassing exposure, spilling out of its hole and onto the bare ground, and the rocks on the bottom glistened like the glossy stones of an empty, store-front aquarium. The pond looked like it had just been off-loaded from a delivery truck. Still, the frogs must have liked it when they came upon it because some of them stayed and made the pond their home.

I recall it being a dry season, so maybe the frogs had been lying in wait all along, patiently watching me work and wondering when I might finish, and then just hopped in once I had provisioned the hole with water. Or perhaps they were passing by on their way to another destination, sensed its deliquescence, and got distracted. I’ll never know for certain what those pioneer frogs were thinking when they came upon my goldfish pond. They were its first settlers.  Continue…

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America and Me/Shambhala and Me, Pt. 2

America and Me/Shambhala and Me, Pt. 2 – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 9, 2016 by CGH
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Fresh from the Garden – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 7, 2016 by CGH
Ziji Collective in Berlin

Ziji Collective in Berlin – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted October 5, 2016 by CGH
Queen Mother of Bhutan

Queen Mother of Bhutan – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 27, 2016 by CGH
America and Me/Shambhala and Me

America and Me/Shambhala and Me – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 19, 2016 by CGH
Harvesting the Wisdom of the Seasons

Harvesting the Wisdom of the Seasons – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 17, 2016 by CGH
Dharma Behind Bars

Dharma Behind Bars – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 9, 2016 by CGH
Leaping Off the Edge

Leaping Off the Edge – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted September 1, 2016 by CGH
Losing a Little Part of Myself

Losing a Little Part of Myself – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 30, 2016 by CGH
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Sakyong Hosts Awake Business Conference – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 12, 2016 by CGH
The Aging Hub

The Aging Hub – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 6, 2016 by CGH
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Near to the Heart, Part Two – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 4, 2016 by CGH
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Near to the Heart, Part One – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted August 2, 2016 by CGH
The Listening Cure

The Listening Cure – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 31, 2016 by CGH
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We’re Here to Help People, Right? – HIGHLIGHT

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Posted July 28, 2016 by CGH

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