The Hidden Valley: Relaxing Meditation Music for Stress Relief by Peder B. Helland

Man lying on a tree trunk of giant tree

Berthold Auerbach once wrote that music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. This is what happens when you listen to “The Hidden Valley,” a masterpiece by a Norwegian composer Peder B. Helland. His YouTube channel, counting more than nine million followers at the time of this writing, started with a simple … Read more

Ryokan on How to Maximize Our Aliveness

Ryokan (1758-1831), long beloved in Japan for his delightful verse, exquisite calligraphy, and eccentric character, belongs in the tradition of great Zen poets of Asian literature. His parents named him Eizo, but when he entered the monkhood in 1777 at the local Zen temple Kosho-ji, he adopted the name Ryokan: ryo, meaning good and kan, … Read more