April 13, 2014

8:17 AM | Just Is
Thich Nhat Hanh says: “Reality, ultimate reality, is free from all adjectives.” This is an essential point: reality isn’t this or that, reality isn’t good or bad, reality just is. The rest is mind-work of adjectivizing. [Adjectivizing (labeling, describing) is the psychology of suffering. As soon as you begin to talk of good, you begin […]

April 12, 2014

10:26 AM | Plenty of Meat, No Need to Think
The other day, with a few minutes to kill, I pick up a book from a shelf.  It’s a copy of “Thinking” by Gary Kirby and Jeffrey Goodpastor. The book is “designed to challenge your mind and to strengthen your thinking ability.” A good book. I skimmed it before. I flip to the last page […]

April 11, 2014

3:30 PM | Learning What You Need to Unlearn
We are too focused on learning (something new) and  not focused enough on un-learning (something old that keeps getting in the way). Much of the time when clients come to see me they want to learn something new.  Much of the time what actually seems to help them is un-learning of something old that kept […]

April 03, 2014

6:23 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 […]

March 31, 2014

1:22 PM | Sensitive? Not a problem.
Sensitivity – I realized – is wound-ability. (I know it’s a strange word.  Is that even a word?  It is right now.  After all, language is at our service.) If you weren’t easily wounded, you wouldn’t be sensitive.  Stones don’t feel which is why they don’t cry.  I am glad you are not a stone. […]

March 25, 2014

3:00 PM | Emotional Eating: 24×7 Self-Acceptance
Working on yet another book on mindful eating, another one in the Jumpstart series, this time on mindful emotional eating, currently on the chapter devoted to nighttime emotional eating, not on how to eliminate it but on how to make it mindful – a humanistic harm reduction approach. Here’s an excerpt, here’s how the chapter […]

March 22, 2014

11:14 PM | Q & A
Questions matter more than answers. Questions unwind the mind while the answers wind the mind up. The quest part of the question is far more important than the destination end-point of the answer: a question is a liberating journey into the unknown, an answer is a dead-end of pseudo-certainty.  A question sets the mind unstuck, […]

March 21, 2014

12:50 PM | Slavic Samsara
As I watch my slavic brothers and sisters about to turn onto each other (not without some geopolitical meddling), I am reminded of a few lines from a poem written in Kiev in 1986 by a prominent Russian dissident Irina Ratushinskaya: Beasts, people, birds And voices, and specks of light - We pass through all like […]

March 17, 2014

2:12 PM | Dragons of Anger and Fear
The Tale of the Favorite Son: [Once upon a time there was a land of dragons]. These dragons were very cunning and the people were afraid of them.  But nobody wanted to deal with the dragons, so everybody pretended that they didn’t exist.  But the dragons moved into the hearts of the people… The people […]
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