Between Sanity and Insanity

In those days, the strain of long hours of meditation – “hard practice,” as Sifu Dr. Kim called it – began to take a toll on my psyche. In the early days of meditation, I simply was learning how to meditate, was simply learning the breathing, the play of thought and feeling, and the physical  Read more

August 28, 2019 in Book Excerpt, Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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Good Grief

Ten years ago, I did a TV interview with Tom Golden, author of “Swallowing a Snake, The Masculine Side of Grief.”   Tom is a therapist and an expert in the masculine side of grieving.   Of the many things I learned during our interview, the two things that struck me most were that men grieve differently than women, and that we  Read more

August 12, 2019 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Up From The Deep

The wine flowed all too freely during and after dinner at Tim and Sandy’s. As if glass upon glass of cabernet-sauvignon washed away my interior dam of reticence, I opened up to my brother and sister-in-law, allowing my frustration and angst to flow freely from the reservoir of my deep hurt, complaining that my father Dennis  Read more

August 5, 2019 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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Seeing The Ox

After struggling with the ox for some time, maybe years – decades even – the day comes when the ox is identified and, if one is wise, accepted. This is the time of putting a ring through its nose, and with a whip, it is kept from running about, pulling us this way and that.  Read more

August 5, 2019 in Blog Post, Book Excerpt by Patrick O'Connor

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Tossed About By the Wind

When I began working with Fr. John, I was an utter mess.  I had not really wanted to leave Dr. Kim and my life in Canmore, and so I had lost my sense of my own self will. My thinking and feeling were out of control, like a computer flitting between website pages randomly without  Read more

July 22, 2019 in Blog Post, Book Excerpt by Patrick O'Connor

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Where Is Your Ox?

In those early days of Zen with Sifu Dr. Kim, I was preoccupied constantly with the koan he had given me, “Where is your ox, Do Chun?  You have a BIG ox, Do Chun! You have to find your ox!” I was fully perplexed by the challenge of finding my ox. Walking down the street,  Read more

June 7, 2019 in Blog Post, Book Excerpt by Patrick O'Connor

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Putting Out Into the Deep

The interior of the sweat lodge was pitch black, hot, and humid. The air, a combination of sweat spiced with the scent of the black soil of an Ontario forest, was difficult to breath. Sitting cross-legged, I lowered myself toward the wet earthen floor of the lodge to breath whatever cool air I might find  Read more

May 24, 2019 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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More Than A Bike

In navigating the masculine journey, emotional memories from the past come to the surface for healing. Some of these memories can be life-altering ones. “More Than A Bike,’ represents an emotional crisis I experienced as a 10 year-old. I have had to process this disappointment, and accept that I had a complex need that did  Read more

November 15, 2018 in Blog Post, Book Excerpt by Patrick O'Connor

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A Prayer of Longing

I am preparing a talk for a men’s conference in January of next year. Below is my prayer to God to help me know what I am to say to these men. Father, I open my heart to you and beg you to speak through me the message you want these men to know from  Read more

June 23, 2018 in Uncategorized by Patrick O'Connor

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Who Even At Night Directs My Heart

“I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart.”  Psalm 16:7 I was never one to have recurring dreams, though I have often had recurring thematic dreams: driving cars or buses, trying to hit a golf ball, and ones that always get my interior attention, end of the  Read more

January 23, 2018 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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