Awake At Work

December 14, 2014

Here in this poem by Rumi we are reminded that by offering our very finest to others we can  inspire the best in our world with command, grace and distinction.

 

The Guest House

 

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

 

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

Some momentary awareness comes

As an unexpected visitor.

 

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

Who violently...

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November 14, 2014

A lesson from three monkeys

Question: Why are these three monkeys playing deaf, dumb and blind?  

  1. So they can appear innocent while ignoring reality.
  2. So they can be sincere and phony at the same time.
  3. So they can behave disgracefully without having to notice.
  4. All of the above   

Answer:  #4

While the conventional explanation is that these three monkeys are “wisely” refraining from witnessing, hearing or speaking evil – a seemingly noble aspiration - a closer inspection reveals the theatrics of spiritual self deception. By...

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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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