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Recent posts at The Zen Pagan

Honeysuckle and Fireflies


Posted on Monday June 15, 2020

Yes, the plague is killing thousands! and Yes, the oppressors are brutal! and Yes, the cities are burning! But Stop Stop and breathe. A slow breath in through the nose, not a quick panicked pant And again, breathe And for the power of three, again. Do you smell it? Do you smell the honeysuckle? The […]

Police Violence: Seeing the Fnords


Posted on Wednesday June 10, 2020

The fnords are the cliche phrases and stock tropes that obscure the truth without actually lying. They are whatever black magic has led to Americans seeing accounts of police violence and other crimes of the state in newspapers and on TV news for decades, yet somehow looking past them.

Making Magic and Change During COVID-19


Posted on Thursday May 28, 2020

This period of change isn't over and will not be for some time. That means that you, my fellow magician, are in a liminal space where the possibility for deliberate change -- for magic -- is greatly expanded.

Shop Like A Warrior


Posted on Friday May 08, 2020

But on my shopping trips over the past few weeks I've been struck by how distracted and unfocused many of my fellow shoppers are.

So in this post I'd like to use four fundamental concepts from the Japanese martial arts to discuss strategies for safer and smoother shopping. And perhaps in the process give an example of how the study of the martial arts has much broader application to our lives than merely punching and kicking.

A Tarot Reading For The (April) Fool


Posted on Sunday April 05, 2020

If we accept the Way of the Fool, we can keep perfect hope even at the edge of the cliff, even in the depths of perfect doubt. (Doubt and hope are a yin and yang pair: opposites, yes, but mutually supporting and constantly transforming into each other.)

Upcoming Events

Starwood 39.5 - Virtual Festival


Posted on Sunday June 28, 2020


Starwood is an online event this year!

I will be doing a ritual:

Wednesday July 8. 7:00 pm: Money Washing Ritual

And a concert:

Thursday July 9, 12:30pm: Concert: Tom Swiss

And Saturday, July 11, after the Concert, I will be working with the Family of Fire to put on the Virtual Bonfire

Seido Karate In Exile


Posted on Sunday June 28, 2020

We're doing on-line karate classes during the COVID-19 crisis. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15pm, on Zoom (2-way video) and streaming on Facebook (1-way video).

Open to all! We love absolute beginners!

Next class: June 30, 6:15pm
Zoom:

Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85475928101

Meeting ID: 854 7592 8101
Password: seido2020

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85475928101

Or see the Catonsville Seido Karate Facebook page.

Humpback Happy Hour / Virtual House Concert, Jul 1 5pm


Posted on Monday June 29, 2020



Grab a drink (from your own fridge) and settle in from some tunes with The Reverend Tom Swiss, in the comfort of wherever you are! Activate your telepresence device and join me for original tunes, traditional songs, and folky rock covers. Maybe a poem or three...

NOTE 🖡 🖡 🖡 NOTE

Streaming from the event page seems to be confusing people, so this time I'll be streaming from my profile.

NOTE 🖠 🖠 🖠 NOTE

(A whimsical name; there will not, actually, be whales here.)

Vital Power Exercise, 7/3 5pm


Posted on Sunday April 05, 2020

5pm Friday, April 10

An exercise and wellness class based on qi gong, yoga, self-acupressure, and old school calisthenics.

Open to everyone!

We'll have a Zoom meeting for a two-way connection:


https://us04web.zoom.us/j/333879894?pwd=V24yNjFURHY2cXorUkN5K0x6NS9qZz09

Meeting ID: 333 879 894

Password: 066044

Or see the linked Facebook event for a one-way video stream.

Sunday Afternoon Sitting Zen Online, 4pm each week


Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2020


Good time to sit together. Join me on Zoom or Facebook Live at 4pm Sunday for a short and easy Zen-style meditation. We'll do one 7 minute round and one 15 minute round, so even if you've never sat before you can do this. No experience needed. Basic instructions provided. If you don't have a fancy special meditation cushion, grab your bed pillows or a folded-up comforter.

All are welcome to join.

Join me on Zoom:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/152076299

Meeting ID: 152 076 299

Or see the linked Facebook event for a one-way video stream.

 

Videos on YouTube

Sunday Afternoon Sitting 6/14/2020: The Thief in the Heart


Posted on Monday June 15, 2020

Easy Zen-style meditation with instructions, and a little talk on the Japanese proverb "It is easier to find a thief in the mountains than a thief in your own heart." (If you want to skip ahead to the talk it start at about 35:17.)

Police Violence: Seeing The Fnords


Posted on Sunday June 14, 2020

Vlog entry for this post at The Zen Pagan: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thezenpagan/2020/06/police-violence-seeing-the-fnords/

Even heavily conditioned citizens are finding it impossible to reconcile what they see in viral videos of cop violence with what they’ve been told about their country. People have seen the fnords. The lies are obvious and citizen’s conditioning is falling apart.

"Equally Empty" and the Gates of Heaven, the Gates of Hell


Posted on Saturday June 06, 2020

Some thoughts about violence and peace, from the "Sunday Afternoon Sitting" meditation series on May 31 2020, with Tom Swiss

"Humpback Happy Hour" House Concert With Tom Swiss 4/15/2020, Part II


Posted on Thursday April 16, 2020

Broadcast live from Tom's Secret Headquarters each Wednesday for your quarantine entertainment! Part 2 of the 4/15 show -- with poetry! And a special quarantine edition of my song "This Present Moment Sucks".

"Humpback Happy Hour" House Concert With Tom Swiss 4/15/2020, Part I


Posted on Thursday April 16, 2020

Broadcast live from Tom's Secret Headquarters each Wednesday for your quarantine entertainment!

 

 

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