Awake At Work

October 14, 2014

Meditation practice introduces us to the fresh, open and spontaneous experience of our wakeful lives in the present moment. We also learn about our tendency to promptly camouflage this wakefulness as our “watcher” tries to catalogue life rather than actually live it. Here Daniel Kahneman helps us distinguish between our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” –  shedding some light on not only the difficulty in explaining happiness but the bravery required to actually experience it.    

 

September 14, 2014

Generally speaking, for Buddhists, “Science” with all its intellectual discipline and earnestness tends to end up being a “tourist’s view” - giving itself the false impression of  being fully involved with reality but in fact engaging it at a distance – peering through a “watcher’s lens” - rehearsing “existence” rather than  fully expressing it – and therefore misunderstanding it. For Buddhists, when “mind looks directly at mind” it reveals a reality hiding in plain sight that exposes the missing ingredient that can transform “science”...

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September 14, 2014

In today’s modern world of frenzy, we are urged to move faster, accomplish more, succeed, don’t fail….we all know the score. Especially in our careers and education, we chase graduation, credentials, jobs, promotions and “security.” Factor in all-pervasive social media, lack of well paying jobs, and the dismantling of higher education, it’s like living life on steroids while traveling on a high speed train.

Here, South Park folks brilliantly depict Alan Watts’ wisdom about how we misunderstand life, chasing after an “achievement” that never materializes while overlooking...

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