First Book of the New Year: Yuval Noah Harari’s “Lessons for the 21st Century”

Yuval Noah Harari is among my very favorite public intellectuals, even though some of his prophesies are terrifying! Listening to a talk he gave in India this last year, about the capacity of future algorithms and reach of AI, I was struck by just how close the future he describes seems. Indeed, it is alreadyContinue reading “First Book of the New Year: Yuval Noah Harari’s “Lessons for the 21st Century””

sneaky mind

Having decided to spend more time blogging and away from Facebook in the coming year, this morning I searched and scrolled through random blogs. I’m curious about how to build a real sense of community through this notes-in-a-bottle-from-disparate-islands medium, and to see what balances people find for themselves with regard to their blogging identities. ForContinue reading “sneaky mind”

Collision with the Infinite

Picked up a surprising book written by Suzanne Segal, who’d been a student of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before becoming disillusioned with aspects of the TM organization. It is written in a matter-of-fact way for being, by the end, a quite revolutionary story about awakening and the ‘no-self’ insight, and uncannily, its arrival is perfectly timedContinue reading “Collision with the Infinite”

The Pronoun Post – Gender, Identity, Shape-shifting, and Source (looking forward, 2019)

I dreamed that I was aware of looking a certain way, a certain gender, to others interacting with me. Yet “I” was deep down. I knew they couldn’t see/hear me through conceptions of what I, and therefore my life, was supposed to mean according to my gender, on the surface.

Pure Consciousness Experience

I learned last night, due to not being able to sleep and turning on a Buddha at the Gas Pump interview, that there is a modern term for that experience of the gap between thoughts, for the resting place  that interrupts the usual stream to such a degree that radical change is possible: a pure consciousnessContinue reading “Pure Consciousness Experience”

Being at Ease

I’m moving into my third week of physical therapy – something that, even after a roller-coaster of treatments over almost twenty years, I’d never thought to try until my daughter had trouble with migraines and found it tremendously helpful. It is usually the case that when you first begin a new thing, the payoff feelsContinue reading “Being at Ease”

Lifeshocks

So I’m reading a book. Actually, since last writing about books here I’ve gone through around twenty, but this one seems fitting for the blog. I’d never heard of Sophie Sabbage before this year, nor her first book about coming to terms with a terminal cancer diagnoses. Not to be flippant but I have alwaysContinue reading “Lifeshocks”

Unlearning Isolation

My idea was to see if I could undo some of the isolating patterns I’ve cultivated as part of my personality for longer than I remember, by first noticing, then stepping out of them in a systematic way. I’ve had fairly good results so far…

Savoring

Studying happiness is counter-intuitive. My tendency is to think that the more time I spend on studying how to be happy, the less time I’m spending ‘just being’, which is a happy state. Yet…