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

August 16, 2014

11:32 PM | Formula of Change
A break-through begins with a pattern break. That’s it: pattern interruption restores operational freedom. Break out of the prison of pattern, Luddite of Consciousness. - related: Choice Awareness Training: Mindfulness and Logotherapy in Treatment of Addiction (Somov, P)    

August 13, 2014

7:12 PM | Existentially Grounded Self-Help Psychology Begins with Nondualistic Ontology
Made of nothing more than seemingly dead matter, you see and feel and think, right? Conclusion? Matter that sees, feels and thinks is not dead. You are Living (Conscious) Matter. Get it?! Existentially grounding self-help psychology begins (and ends) with nondualistic ontology (i.e. with a non-divisive view of self and reality). - ref: go here for image […]

August 12, 2014

8:28 AM | Enduring Identity of Am-ness
We are not things. We look like things but we are not things. I can bump into a table, I can bump into you as if you were a thing out there, an obstruction… But we are not things. When you walk into a river, you bump against a current as if this current were […]

August 11, 2014

4:46 PM | Opine Not!
We love to opine. Opinions express our subjective individuality and, therefore, our bias, taking us away from the inexpressible truth of what is. Seung Sahn, a spunky Zen master, had this temple rule for his followers: “To cling to your opinions is to destroy your practice. Put away all your opinions. That is true Buddhism.” […]

August 07, 2014

1:40 PM | Forgive the Fuss That Rises in You
There’s a line from Carl Jung’s Red Book that I like: “Forgive the fuss that rises in me.” “What’s the context?” you ask. Forget the context. The context doesn’t matter. The context is the fuss that arises in us. This Jung’s line has a mantra-like quality. It’s enough for me. I use it out of […]

August 06, 2014

11:56 PM | Meaning of Life as Defined by a Butcher
The meaning of life is listening to Pavarotti, feeling the sun on your face, drinking a bottle of wine, and then another. The meaning of life is having a safe and healthy society, a happy family life, good health, a loving wife, work that you like, smelling the smell of a new car and the […]

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 […]
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