September 14, 2014

2:24 PM | An Evolving Text of Self
Mind is a living, evolving, self-correcting, self-editing, self-serving text of survival. What you say to yourself matters.  And what you don’t say to yourself matters too. But, as important as this self-narrative is, we are not it: we are not this mind. This mind, this narrative is but writing on the ever-changing water of consciousness. […]

September 08, 2014

3:15 PM | Mindful Emotional Eating
I have another book coming out later this fall – on mindful emotional eating (not on emotional eating or on mindful eating, but on how to make emotional eating mindful).  Here’s a foreword for this book from Linda Craighead, the author of Appetite Awareness Training who championed the idea of effective emotional eating.  If you […]

September 07, 2014

2:04 PM | The Effort of Happiness
Yesterday night, over a dinner with my older brother’s family, a topic of happiness came up.  My wife, Marla, a fellow psychologist, was sharing about Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “flow.”  Marla explained that according to the research on flow, people are happiest when they are absorbed (engaged) in a task that is just challenging enough for […]

September 06, 2014

9:55 PM | 99 Cent Blowout of Nirvanic Kitch
[thoughts of pattern interruption; what's the point of pattern interruption? to arrest the mind, to take you off the autopilot] 1. I wait on myself, self-servingly. But I don’t tip. 2. Bringing two black and white walls of duality into a corner I stand boxed into a pseudo-truth. 3. Science will invert you inside out […]

September 05, 2014

2:46 PM | New Love
Losing someone you love is awful. Finding someone new to love is awe. Cure for grief is new love. Cultivate the capacity to lose and gain. Life is attachment and detachment and attachment and detachment. Add infinity to this equation and you get the infinitely regressing point of oneness of living and suffering. - We […]
2:27 PM | Love All That Is
Love all that is. Even stone. Even stone is awareness. Living consciousness awareness. It (stone) is a slow kind of awareness, too slow for the quick, liquid mind that we – modern-day apes – are. But all (you and all this other nameless stuff of the Universe) autopoietic entities know their metabolic boundaries, right? Metabolism […]
1:05 AM | “Now” & “Here” Are But Two Words for the Same Nameless Oneness
Looking through a telescope (as some of us do some of the time), we might not know the exact outlines of our local cosmos but we can always and any time know the outlines of our Now. Oneness is all the same anywhere. Now & Here are but two words for the same nameless oneness […]

September 02, 2014

4:18 PM | Just Sitting or… Is There Even Less to It?
Buddhism, as a healing art rather than a religion, in its therapeutic mandate of healing human suffering, takes the path of getting rid, not of the Suffering, but of the Sufferer… Let me clarify… Buddhism, in its strategic (long-term) rather than tactical (short-term) mandate, is not a “feel-good” endeavor, it’s a “feel-nothing” endeavor: “According to […]

August 29, 2014

11:57 PM | Vedic Psychology 101
You are not this body. That is the Vedic Psychology 101. When you get this, much changes. Almost too much. Here’s Swami Bhaktipada on this point and then a word or two from yours truly: “I am this body.” This is the greatest mistake of all, the mistake underlying all other mistakes. We are not […]
2:02 PM | The Monkey Business of Being Human
For years I’ve been thinking of myself as just another modern-day ape. This line of thought – that we are nothing more and nothing less than monkeys – is powerfully humanizing. Here’s what Mahesh Bhatt had to say about one of the most dangerous minds of the 20th century, U.G. Krishnamurti, in “Mind is a […]

August 28, 2014

10:34 AM | Zoo of Consciousness
I reject zoos. If I didn’t have a child young enough to still see zoos as entertainment rather than incarceration (conservation rationalizations aside), I’d never go to a zoo. But as it stands, I even have a yearly membership. Wittgenstein wrote: “Consciousness in the face of another.  Look into someone else’s face and see the […]

August 22, 2014

9:32 AM | Calligraphy of Change
Change, growth is often invisible. Too subtle, too gradual, too incremental to notice. Sometimes too erratic, too spontaneous – each precedent, each pattern-break as messy as a brush stroke. Yet, eventually a healing vector emerges. A pattern of wellbeing begins to evidence itself. Shinagawa Tetsuzan, a Buddhist calligrapher and a poet, wrote: “Don’t know when, […]

August 19, 2014

1:11 PM | An Apriori of Forgiveness: You Can Blame a Human No More Than a Tree Branch That Just Fell on Your Head
Most of the time we move forward/onward without any philosophy of living, without any ideology, mindlessly! In mindlessness we are all equal – from saint to sinner (not that I believe in these distinctions). But when something aversive (bad) happens to us or those that we relate to (i.e. identify with), our implicit philosophy of […]

August 18, 2014

9:56 PM | Gestalt of Self
Self is a Gestalt: an illusory Oneness made of (information) parts.
12:52 PM | Vectors
In mindlessness, body leads mind. In mindfulness, mind leads body. Reverse the flow as needed. - Pattern Interruption by Somov
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