February 28, 2015

9:54 AM | Talking Heads & Monkey Minds
A few pattern-interruption points from Talking Heads (from 1984): “There is a finite number of jokes in the universe.” “There is no music in space.” “Cats like houses better than people.” “Schools are for training people how to listen to other people.” “Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities.” “Table […]

February 26, 2015

1:03 PM | Rivers of Becoming
  Find yourself a river to meditate on. The rest will come. What, no river nearby?! Look inside: it runs right through you. Spend a contemplative moment on the (meta-cognitive) riverbank of Being as you witness the River of Becoming flow on without you. – “The river is everywhere at the same time, at the […]

February 25, 2015

6:33 PM | Psychology of a Mistake
I did my best… I did my best! Dane Cook, comedian The phrase “to make a mistake” implies purposive, conscious, planned action. That’s utterly inaccurate: there are no intentional mistakes, no one consciously sets out to fail. When we fail on purpose, when we make a mistake by design, we are actually succeeding with some […]

February 23, 2015

4:55 PM | A Pattern Break # 74-1a
I’d ask you out for lunch but, dear reader, we have a virtual relationship only.  So, instead, here’s an invitation to a pattern break for you (or, as the cliche goes, some food for thought): “You must find your basic question. My basic question was: ‘Is there anything behind the abstractions the holy men are throwing […]

February 20, 2015

9:33 AM | Seamlessly Embedded in All That Is
You have to realize that you are not just there, standing alone, a living island onto yourself. You are seamlessly embedded in all that cosmically is. I take it back: you don’t have to realize that. Of course, not. There is no necessity in that. But it would be emotionally pragmatic. A good while back […]

February 17, 2015

1:06 PM | Yoga Mat for Your Mouth
Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga — in the sense that eating unites your body and mind’s intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness placemat that you could carry with you like a yoga mat, from table to table, from setting to setting, whether you are eating in or […]

February 12, 2015

8:52 PM | Hadza Zen
Who are the Hadza? Location: northern Tanzania; “About a thousand Hadza live in their traditional homeland, a broad plain encompassing shallow, salty Lake Eyasi… Genetic testing indicates that they represent one of the primary roots of the human family tree – perhaps more than 100,000 years old.” Language: “not closely related to any other [language] […]

February 11, 2015

2:01 PM | Vectors of Being and Nonbeing
Closed mind > closed body > closed system > entropy. Open mind > open body > open system > syntropy. Vectors of ceasing and arising, of being and nonbeing. Choose one.

February 08, 2015

8:59 PM | Shallow Thoughts Run Deep
Deep thoughts stay tautologically close to reality. Put differently, deep thoughts run shallow. Example: “It is what it is.” In saying nothing, thoughts like this manage to say nothing false. And that is about as close to reality as our babbling mind-streams get. Right, Jack Handy? –
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