Author Archives: Nelli Kite

The full spectrum of you

Thinking positive thoughts, feeling positive emotions – is the holy grail in the modern world so filled with fear and negativity. How do I always have a positive self-image? How do I avoid negative thoughts leading to negative emotions? So many books written, so many words said on the subject, and yet, we still love […]

Non-conceptual happiness

Our brain is constantly making sense of the world around us through looking for familiar concepts, recognizing familiar objects and shapes and putting them all into an inner map telling us whether we are doing fine, how do we fit in, how do we compare, how should we feel, whether “our life” is good and […]

The mind and “I”

Question: “What is the difference between “the mind” and “I”? You can find a lot of definitions of “mind” in spiritual literature, ranging from all-positive to an “evil one”. But, really, if we look at the mind – that thing that processes everything in our head – is only a tool, it is like a […]

Tribute to Daido Loori Zen Roshi – my inspiration for Zen art — Creatively ZEN

It has been just over 7 years when I came to do an art residency at Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, USA. I was lucky to be in the last group of trainees who met Daido Roshi, about a month before his death from lung cancer. His life story was a remarkable one: sailor in […] […]

The refuge of Now

An uncertain world and uncertain times. But when was it different? We can drive ourselves nuts with thoughts about the future – “what will become of me?”, “what if things never change?”, “what if I never find my place?”, “what if I will be forever alone?”. And the emotional pain that follows that kind of […]

Zen and unexpected beauty

From the early childhood, we are told what is beautiful and what is not. As children, we find everything around us fascinating and new because we don’t have yet this structure, this imaginary scale… Source: Zen and unexpected beauty

Meditation and inquiry – two wings of self-realisation

People come to the realisation of their true nature by many different ways, there is no one single “right” way or method, because what we call Absolute, God, Buddha Nature, our true nature, the Being, etc.- is unlimited, it includes the whole spectrum of form manifestations, and can realise itself through any form or method […]