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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