Looking Back

the past

I wonder where we’ve been…

2009 is almost over, and I wanted to send you a short article, reviewing the past year, and having a look forward.

• 2009 saw the release of my latest book, Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall. Sales have been great, and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

• I’ve posted well over 50 blog posts in 2009.

Donations to the cause were down a bit for 2009, perhaps reflecting the slow down in the economy. Many of you do comment on the value you receive from this blog, and it’s amazing to me how valuable equates to “free!!!”
In keeping with the season, you might want to rethink that, and add us to your Holiday giving list!

• Here are the top ten blog posts during 2009. Many of these were written in former years (about 50% 50%)

10 Zen Principles to Help You Live Life Better

10 Quick Examples of Zen Living

9 Ways to Screw Up a Relationship

The Dance of Relationships

5 Ways to Live the Zen Life

Exercises in Self-Discipline

6 Ways to Deepen Relationships

Clearing Body, Mind & Spirit – Body Cleanse

10 Things Your Mommy Forgot to Tell You

5 Key Concepts

• Dar reached her “magic 85 and out” on her birthday this past October. She’s ready to “retire from teaching,” or at least is looking for something new and challenging.

Looking Forward

looking ahead

Hmm. I wonder where I’ll be…

Well, lets get to the speculation.

• We’re encouraging you to make contact with us, both by commenting on the blog, and through e‑mail. I respond to everything that arrives, and sometimes the correspondence goes on for a long time. Take advantage while this is available.

• How about making suggestionsabout topics you’d like me to write about? I’d love to hear your ideas.

We’ll keep you posted as we discover the next step on our path.


Thanks for reading to the end. Darbella and I wish you a deep and meaningful Holiday Season, (whatever your persuasion…) and an adventure rich and productive 2010.

Thank you for letting us walk with you on The Pathless Path.

Love and metta, Wayne and Darbella

Make Contact!

So, how does this week’s article sit with you? What questions do you have? Go to the top of this article, click on the title, and leave a comment or question!

About the Author: Wayne C. Allen is the web\‘s Simple Zen Guy. Wayne was a Private Practice Counsellor in Ontario until June of 2013. Wayne is the author of five books, the latest being The. Best. Relationship. Ever. See: –The Phoenix Centre Press

2 thoughts on “Looking”

  1. It seems to me that I have been reading your newsletter forever, have written to you and yes, of course you responded and I called to order your book and was blown away when you answered the phone! Life has changed some, not as much as I would like. Darbella has just turned “retired” and I just turned 70 and can truly say, that I do not feel what we “think” 70 should be and folks I meet say; “you gotta be kidding me”, so of course my ego goes off the chart!

    Personally, I still meet ‘users’, I think that might be my Karma drag or my blind spot. Meditation? Why oh why oh why oh, do I have trouble with that? It’s like a ‘fear factor’. “Something will happen”, or perhaps nothing.

    Bottom line. Life is good. I could bitch, can’t we all — and we do, but at the end of the day, we are all still grateful for the “all” of it.


    • You have! And I’ve been writing forever! I just trust I still have something to say.
      I’m glad for the update, and that in general life is good. Yes to the karma drag. We tend to have a bit of that, until we don’t. I suspect that, as Stewart Wilde says, the key is learning to “walk rapidly in the opposite direction!”
      I didn’t meditate until I did (obviously) and have found it invaluable. I can sit still now, a major accomplishment. And, I’ve gained clarity into my drama making, which is also good. Yes, things come up, and you learn to watch without drama. Might be a nice project for 2010.
      Best wishes and blessings for a great 2010!


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