Thought for the day: 5/25/2017

No two people see the world and their circumstances in the same way. How could they? We all come from a life of billions of experiences, all perceived and interpreted by our individual brains. These perceptions and interpretations are colored by a palette of emotions, feelings and conscious thought. The results can’t possibly be the same for two individuals. Where else could our reality reside but in our heads? Continue reading “Thought for the day: 5/25/2017”

Sam Harris on Meditation

“…what it’s like to be you when
you’re paying attention.”

From the podcast “Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics, A Conversation With Dan Harris

A Little Lesson In Reality And Possibilities

Oh, crap…a snake!

 

 

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Don’t Give Up

 

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Ahhhhhhh! At last!

The snake in the photograph above, along with the two pieces of paper,* is a drawing. Everything else, including the table, is real.

If the artist has the discipline and put in the years of work to learn to do something like this, we can learn to stay sober. It’s easier and takes less time–so what if it’s even scarier than the (fake) snake?

*The snake and the paper are actually all one sheet, cleverly cut out to provide perspective for the 3D look. If you'd like to see more of artist Stefan Pabst's drawings, click here.

Thought for the day: 5/12/2018

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.”
~ John Ruskin (1819–1900)

Measurements

Self worth wanes and shame remains when we fall short of our values–or are they someone else’s values? When we say “I should” it is worth exploring whose values we are measuring ourselves by.

~ Joe C., “Beyond Belief – Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life”, May 9th

The Poisoned Arrow

Suppose you were shot with a poisoned arrow. Would you refuse to have it removed until the poison was analyzed and you were given the results?

According to a famous Buddhist teaching, one of the monks was troubled because the Buddha didn’t address existential questions such as “Is there a God, what happens when we die, and is the universe infinite.” (Some Buddhist sects do approach such questions, but that was added later.)

Anyway, the monk was kvetching, so the Buddha asked him, “Suppose you were shot with a poisoned arrow. Would you refuse to have it removed until the poison was analyzed and you were given the results? Would you want to know what kind of wood it was made of, what sort of feathers were used for fletching the arrow, the maker and strength of the bow and the name and clan of the archer?” Continue reading “The Poisoned Arrow”