https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK8pcUt4gio&list=PLuH37Fyz9VEMSlYICLdr_1tBMBvjVeBO7&index=4 Gary Weber is the pioneer and only person I am aware of who has presented the neuroscience side of meditation as it relates to the default mode network for a larger, non-medical audience. Without his work I probably wouldn't have written my book in the first place, as this discovery is critical to bringing… Continue reading Gary Weber
As a wave, seething and foaming, is only the oceanSo all creation, streaming out of the Self, is only the Self.-Ashtavakra Gita Not a whole lot you can add to that. The 'Gita' was written around 500 BC, and serves as a foundational text for Advaita Vedanta. Advaita translates to "non-secondness". Today, this same philosophy… Continue reading The Ocean
Walk on Water
I saw a man walking on the waterComing right at me from the other sideCalling out my name, "Do not be afraid"Feet begin to run, a pounding in my brainI don't wanna go, I don't wanna go-Creedence Clearwater Revival As we draw near to this holiday season and celebration of the birth of Jesus, I… Continue reading Walk on Water
Leave ‘me’ out of it
Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.- Dante The only thing that is missing or imperfect or wrong with this moment is literally the finite mental and emotional process saying “there’s something wrong”, “there’s something missing”, etc. Removing this continual flow of mental projection… Continue reading Leave ‘me’ out of it
Life is not a task. There is absolutely nothing to attain except the realisation that there is absolutely nothing to attain. Tony is a progenitor of a fairly large cohort of non-duality teachers based in the U.K., not sure exactly how it got so popular there in particular. In any case, their approach basically skips… Continue reading Tony Parsons
Not easy to dispute the words of a man brandishing a mustache of that caliber.. Anyways. In Navy SEAL training, instructors coined the phrase "embrace the suck" - meaning to embrace the often miserable conditions that SEALs find themselves conducting special ops in all manner of harsh and stressful environments. They must learn to adapt… Continue reading Lightning Strikes
Central to my presentation of meditation is an understanding of neuroplasticity, which is defined as "the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury." In a recent study from Cognitive Science, the researchers found that many people are likely to view mental disorders… Continue reading Going Nowhere
Arson, Oscar Wilde, and the Uncertainty Principle
I'd expand the word romance to include love generally, or just life itself. What is it without uncertainty, without risk or danger? Is it still life, or is it just a dead thing? Zombie-like, robotic, calculated, dull. The mind attempts to reduce everything into the known, into measurable and certain outcomes. Risk-management has come to… Continue reading Arson, Oscar Wilde, and the Uncertainty Principle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5YpUsDsHmk Speirs lays it down at 1:32.. the same applies for the "war" of meditation. The sooner we can embrace and accept our own death, or the inevitability of existence, the sooner we can put down the false self that is holding us back, trying to protect or manipulate the world to create a certain… Continue reading Hopeless War
Why so serious?
This is totally, utterly non-serious. The mind is the only thing in this world that is serious. It adds this layer of anxiety and unease to the experience. You’re trying to get out of the thought or to find a way out or whatever but that is way too far into it, nip it in… Continue reading Why so serious?