I write and speak about ‘being’ with considerable frequency. Sometimes I refer to “my being”, or to “your being” or just to “being” itself. In all my writing, though, I’ve never directly answered the question, “What is Being?” Martin Heidegger wrote a book that is 610 pages long to address the question: Being and Time. It is almost the definition of a tome. I prefer Merleau-Ponty’s book, Phenomenology of Perception, which I’m reading now, and which is four pages shorter. I’m going to address the … [Read more...] about On Being
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People talk a lot about needing to “quiet the mind”, and I get it, but I’ve just got a really different take on it. When people talk about “the mind” like that, they are referring to the chattering in the head. To me, ‘mind’ is something else: as I experience it, my mind suffuses the totality of my being. Furthermore, only when the whole of my being is present to an issue does it feel like I’m really thinking. What passes for thinking in our culture is something else: the thinking that is … [Read more...] about Quieting the Mind
The word 'embodiment' is appearing everywhere these days so I thought I'd share my definition, excerpted from Radical Wholeness: So the undoing begins with the basics. If it doesn’t, we will remain stuck in the place where so much contemporary work on embodiment finds itself—where we gently turn our attention to the body and listen to it, or observe its sensations, or patiently notice the breath. All of these practices have value, but it’s hazardous to mistake them for embodiment. Embodiment … [Read more...] about What is embodiment anyway?
An Antidote for The Age of Anxiety and a free audio exercise Humans are arguably the most adaptable of animals. We live in arid deserts, frozen tundra, overpopulated cities and outer space. Adaptability has been the cornerstone of our survival; but it also has a dark side. Sometimes we habituate in ways that are corrosive to our well-being. As songwriter Bruce Cockburn put it, “The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.” For example, we have come to accept the constant presence … [Read more...] about An Antidote for The Age of Anxiety
As a surge of populism is altering the face of politics around the world, a puzzling irony hangs in the air: populism wins approval and votes from a generally hard-working socio-economic sector that often struggles to make ends meet – yet its leaders, once elected, commonly implement policies that slash at programs supporting the education, housing, health and welfare of those same voters, while they hand out juicy perks to the very rich. Despite this, the base supporters tend to remain doggedly … [Read more...] about The Seed of Populism