We are in the midst of an extraordinary moment in history – witnesses to and participants in a global unravelling. It is a potent storm fuelled by three converging vectors: the untold damage human activity is inflicting on nature; the disruptive virus that nature is inflicting on human activity; and the ideas of power, inequality and entitlement, ossified within human institutions, that are inflicting pain on fellow humans. There is no telling when this storm will pass, or how it will alter … [Read more...] about The spaciousness of Being, the activation of purpose
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As the economic engines that propel civilization have reluctantly, suddenly, astonishingly been brought almost to a standstill, we find ourselves at a strange crossroads. This will all end, but when it does how will we move forward? At this point no one knows – but there can be no question that we are in the midst of an unprecedented opportunity to reassess. And it’s not just an opportunity – it comes upon us as a responsibility. If we are to honor the suffering and death the novel coronavirus … [Read more...] about COVID is Us
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
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?