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Saying Good-bye To My Father

My wife, Ysabel, and I walked through the wet night, past the shopping mall, toward Chelsey Park Retirement Home, where my father Dennis was living out his last days.  The weather, unusually mild for January in Canada, was a perfect reflection of how I was feeling inside: dark, misty, and sad.   I knew, as  Read more

February 12, 2017 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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To Know the Interior Presence

Lord Jesus, when we offer up to you our broken hearts, you yourself come to console us in our sorrow.  It is by your very real presence in us, in our hearts, and in our souls, that we find you and the love that heals us.  This is why a life of interior prayer is  Read more

April 10, 2016 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Zen Martial Arts Lesson One, Book Excerpt

I was really excited to go to my first martial arts lesson at the Canadian Rockies Zen Centre.   I walked in the door and met 5 other men between the ages of 24 and 50.   We all were given white martial arts uniforms and white belts to go with them.  Sifu Dr. Kim,  Read more

January 23, 2015 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Jumping Off A Cliff, Book Excerpt

Having signed up for my classes, I committed to 3 nights per week of Zen practice: martial arts Tuesdays and Thursdays and meditation classes on Wednesdays nights, 7:30 sharp.  Just $60 a month for spiritual enlightenment- and, I would get in shape and learn how to beat people up too (or at least defend myself  Read more

January 8, 2015 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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A Most Unexpected Visitor, Book Excerpt

Author’s note: this is a true story.  It happened to me over the July 1st long weekend, 1985.  I have been reluctant to publish it, thinking it was too ‘out there’, but it did in fact happen. “We’re sending you to New York – Newark, New Jersey. Your group leaves from Toronto at 8:00p.m., Friday  Read more

December 18, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Crossing a Threshold, Book Excerpt

There was nothing in the air, nothing on my mind or in my heart that morning, that gave me even the slightest impression my life was about to change forever. It was a mid-spring day, May 14th, 1987, and, not having to work until the afternoon, I went for a walk to Main Street, Canmore,  Read more

December 8, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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“Go to the Edge!”

“Go to the edge,” I pushed them,  “that’s where the growth is.  It’s at the edge where we meet ourselves and our brothers.” Steve, in his late 60′s and still possessing a full head of hair, opened up first talking about his struggles at work with a manager with whom he was completely at odds.  Read more

November 24, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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Falling in Love is Passive….

On a hot summer evening, on Banff Avenue, a man can fall in love 3 times walking between Wolf and Buffalo Streets – maybe more on a Sunday. A woman’s beauty, the curves of her feminine form, her sparkling eyes, a sudden smile, the simple way she moves, can be for a man like a  Read more

September 30, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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“Who Are You?”

In my Zen days in Canmore, Alberta, my teacher Sifu Dr. Kim would look at me sternly, crunching his eyebrows, and say, “Do Chun (my Zen name), you have a big ox.  You must find your ox!”   And I would look back at him earnestly and with all seriousness, nodding my head in the  Read more

August 8, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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“Offer It Up”

It was one particularly cold and dreary March day in 1971, (as only a March day can be in London, Ontario), complete with dirty melting snow banks, dead grass, and puddles.   Large matted snow flakes fell slowly to the ground, dissolving on contact, betraying a lack of enthusiasm for the winter that was passing.  Read more

April 5, 2014 in Blog Post by Patrick O'Connor

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