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The Uncertainty Of It All

October 27, 2012 Leave a comment

From my personal perspective, I’ve discovered that one way of inching toward inner peace is to become more and more comfortable with uncertainty. I’m no Buddha (I’m a wanna be!), but learning to accept the fact of uncertainty often ameliorates the coupled feelings of anxiety and loss-of-control.

As an example, take a look at these five unproductive blank entries from my “gym notes” journal:

I don’t recall if something “I thought serious to ME” was dominating my mind at the time and contributing to the writer’s block, but I do remember not getting my knickers in a bunch. I remember thinking: “Oh well, I’m sure I’ll start filling the entries with inane thoughts soon. If not, then so what.

Soon enough, my unorthodox thought stream reemerged on 8/27/17:

The uncertainty of it all. It’s wonderful, no?

21st Century Buddha

June 28, 2012 3 comments

I’ve changed my mind. Instead of a “System Thinker“, I wanna become the…..

How about you? What do you wanna be?

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Thinking Styles

April 16, 2012 4 comments

I used to think: “DAMN IT! IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS WAY!” for just about every observation that I judged to be a “problem“. Now I think, It shouldn’t be this way – but it is – lol for most observations that I judge to be problems. Of course, there are still far too many things that cause me to red-line, but it’s an incremental, iterative, and continuous learning experience.

If I’m lucky enough, I might even gravitate up to this fully, non-judgmental, thought-style: “It is this way, because it got this way“. However, I don’t think I’ll ever make it into the effortless thinking realm of Buddha/Lao Tzu/Eckhart Tolle/Byron Katy:It is this way because it’s exactly the way it should be“.

How about you, dear reader? What’s your predominant thinking style? Has it been changing with age? Are you happy with it?

Don’t Stop There

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Buddha said that “life is suffering“. Many people, especially those stuck inside their head like me, stop there and say “no shit sherlock“. However, what if one continues on with “and if, by an act of grace, you come to realize this profound truth in your bones, your suffering will start to fade“?.

For the legions of skeptics out there, I do have a rigorous and irrefutable mathematical proof of this truth, but my sale price hasn’t been met yet.

Thurman On Buddhism

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Via the magical low cost and high quality combo of Roku’s hardware and Netflix‘s “instant watch” feature, I just watched lovable Robert Thurman give a passionate and endearing talk on Buddhism. If you’re not into spiritual “stuff”, then don’t bother watching it cuz you’ll be bored out of your gourd after two minutes. However, if you are interested, please watch it because I think it may put you in a peaceful and wondrous place for its duration.

I first discovered Mr. Thurman a couple of years ago when he gave this moving TED talk. He’s a talented story teller and a tireless promoter of compassion in the true spirit of Buddhism. If you do watch him, be sure to note the gentle passion he exudes. I think it’s quite contagious.

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