Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Wild Women

(photo by my brother Alan) Over the past two decades, most of what I consider the best creative writing, the best musical compositions, and the best performance and visual art have come from women. There’s something just odd, I think, about … Continue reading

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What It Means to Let Go

Most of my energies of late have been channeled into preparing myself to really see, at an experiential level, that my self, my mind, my sense of being all-of-a-piece, my sense of separateness, my sense of self-control and my sense … Continue reading

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Several Short Sentences About Learning

   The only useful learning experiences I have ever had have been at least initially self-directed and exploratory. This is despite having attended educational institutions, conferences, workshops and seminars that were generally led and organized by smart, caring people. Because … Continue reading

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Self-less

(image by Darren Hopes from NewScientist.com) Frequent readers of my blog are likely aware that, beyond my creative works, my posts focus mainly on two subjects: (1) how the world really works, what state our civilization is in and what we can … Continue reading

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

wallpaper from psp.88000.org Marshall McLuhan had the right idea about striving to be present in a world that is ever-more absent, preoccupied, disconnected, and distracted. The process to move from absent-mindedness to presence, I am learning, involves three steps, and they are captured … Continue reading

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Coming Out of Hiding

  We are all, I believe, suffering from Civilization Disease, struggling in varying ways and to varying degrees to cope physically, emotionally and psychologically with the stress, anxiety, violence, trauma, brutality, coercion, and the sheer unnaturalness of our global industrial … Continue reading

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Living With Civilization Disease

image above: children’s hospice in kuwait, from the website of the architects, nbbj “It’s easy to get buried in the past, when you try to make a good thing last” – Neil Young, Ambulance Blues There is, of course, only the … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Want to Hear Your Story

Most of us have developed a variety of different ‘bios’ for different purposes. We have one for work, that basically describes our acquired skills and experience and what we ‘do for a living’. We have one for meeting new people … Continue reading

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Three Ways of Being

     Rational Worldview (Way of Being)  Spiritual Worldview (Way of  Being)  Natural Worldview (Way of Being)  What You Revere  Truth, Wisdom  Higher Being  Gaia  Major Beliefs  Power of Intention, Science, Logic  Appreciation of Blessings,  Miracles,  Art  Complexity, Emergence,  Unfathomability of … Continue reading

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Just Begin: A Meditation

I spent today outside, among the trees, silent, naked, just paying attention. It’s part of my rather clumsy presencing practice. This is what occurred to me during this meditation-inquiry-contemplation session. There has been a conversation going on inside me almost my … Continue reading

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