July 30, 2014

11:55 AM | Chandelier of Pattern Interruption
There is a chandelier in my sitting room. It’s hung too low. I bump into it with my noggin now and then. Everyone tells me I need to get an S-hook and raise it up a bit. They assure me that it is an easy fix. But I am not interested. This problem is a […]

July 29, 2014

12:53 PM | Recovery Need Not Be Your Only Identity
Rollins once wrote: He tells me he’s doing better now It’s been a long upward crawl up from the sewer The bottom floor was hell for real He used to be addicted to junk Now he’s addicted to talking about How he’s not addicted to junk Counting the days he’s been clean He talks about […]

July 28, 2014

6:26 PM | A Taken
Being isn’t a given. Being is a taken. “To be” is a verb, a documentation of action. Being isn’t a cause, being is a consequence of willing oneself into continuation, a consequence of taking a breath, a consequence of taking a chance, a consequence of taking responsibility, a consequence of taking a life (via eating, […]

July 27, 2014

2:22 AM | What Doesn’t Matter Matters Too
On the way home from work, at a stop sign, I noticed a pigeon walking circles around an empty bag of potato chips. Does this matter? It depends on your existential filter. A Sufi teacher, Sayad Ali Shah, once said: “You must become as aware of insignificance as you think you are of significance; do […]

July 20, 2014

1:04 PM | Vedic Peace
“Tat tvam asi” is an ancient Vedic mantra which means: “You are that” or “That you are.” What does it mean?  It means that Universe (Reality) is not inter-personal but intra-personal. What does that mean?  It means that when you look “outside” you are looking “inside.” What does that mean?  That means that you are […]

July 18, 2014

1:32 PM | Abstinence Feeds Desire
Freud once wrote: “The strength of the [...] wishes can [...] be detected behind the prohibition behind them.” I think this line is essential to understanding the struggle of compulsion. Abstinence feeds (uncontrolled) desire whereas moderation extinguishes it (through controlled satisfaction). A caveat (to preempt misunderstanding): socially unacceptable, zero-sum desires and wishes (e.g. to harm […]

July 17, 2014

12:03 PM | The Ego-Self: Identification, Information, Impermanence
Ego is not an anatomical structure. It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray. Ego is an informational structure. That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.” “The I” is “the information” that you have about you. The ego-based view […]

July 16, 2014

1:48 PM | An Attitude of Acceptance
Mori Ogai once wrote: “Neither fearing nor yearning for death, I walk down the descending slope of life.” Sounds like surrender? It’s not. It’s acceptance. Acceptance is power.

July 15, 2014

12:38 PM | Perfectionism: Uncertainty Training
Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized, not solved” (1975, 101). Admittedly, […]

July 09, 2014

12:36 PM | Mindful Eating Moment # 804
Mindful eating moment # 804: “Standing on a city park bench, eating mulberries. A summer treat.” Share yours. Mindful Eating Tracker
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