This is an excerpt of the text of The Tao Te Ching I studied in college. This exact translation, in fact, and though I've been told by many it lacks scholarliness, I've always liked it. Perhaps because it is what I started out with. I also met the translator, Stephen Mitchell once when he spoke... Continue Reading →
Do not make meditation a complicated affair; it is really very simple and because it is simple it is very subtle. Its subtlety will escape the mind if the mind approaches it with all kinds of fanciful and romantic ideas. Meditation, really, is a penetration into the unknown, and so the known, the memory, the... Continue Reading →
We all have different reality tunnels...and they tell us different things if we're willing to listen. Listen!
by PAUL WOODWARD The best stories make sense. They follow a logical path where one thing leads to another and provide the most relevant details and signposts along the way so that you get a sense of continuity and cohesion. This is what writers refer to as the narrative arc – a beginning, middle and an end. If a sequence of events does not follow a narrative, then it is incoherent and fragmented so does not have meaning. Our brains think in stories. The same is true for the self and I use a distinction that William James drew between the self as “I” and “me.” Our consciousness of the self in the here and now is the “I” and most of the time, we experience this as being an integrated and coherent individual – a bit like the character in the story. The self which we tell others about, is autobiographical or the “me” which again is a coherent account of who we think we are based on past experiences, current events and aspirations for the future. ...
For those interested in science and philosophy (and the nature of reality) this lecture is wonderfully interesting and informative.
Ha ha! "Ask the expert and then move on"...the way of the past. Too many of us who are victims of psychiatric medicine have learned that this did not work then nor does it work now. In spite of this guy seeming to respect the blind habit of trusting the experts, he speaks to some very fascinating issues of our time: information in the internet age.