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The Monkey Business of Being Human

For years I've been thinking of myself as just another modern-day ape. This line of thought - that we are nothing more and nothing less than monkeys - is powerfully humanizing. Here's what Mahesh Bhatt had to say about one of the most dangerous minds of the 20th century, Krishnamurti, in "Mind is a Myth."
UG, sitting bewildered and flabbergasted on the little bench, looked down at his body. But this time he looked...
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Calligraphy of Change

Master Calligrapher Shinagawa Tetsuzan

Change, growth is often invisible. Too subtle, too gradual, too incremental to notice. Sometimes too erratic, too spontaneous - each precedent, each pattern-break as messy as a brush stroke. Yet, eventually a healing vector emerges. A pattern of wellbeing begins to evidence itself.

Shinagawa Tetsuzan, a Buddhist calligrapher and a poet, wrote:
"Don't know when, but  in the garden of our house a young bamboo is out, growing an inch a...
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Chandelier of Pattern Interruption

There is a chandelier in my sitting room. It's hung too low. I bump into it with my noggin now and then. Everyone tells me I need to get an S-hook and raise it up a bit. They assure me that it is an easy fix.

But I am not interested. This problem is a solution. This chandelier keeps me awake. Chandeliers are meant to illuminate, aren't they?! This one does so even when it is...
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Crazy Wisdom of Existentially Grounded Cynicism

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins was the second book that I read in English (the first one was The Future Shock by Alvin Toffler). Robbins' style helped me fall in love with English. It was a long time ago (late 80s). Now the guy has come out (reluctantly) with a memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie. Here's an excerpt from a recent interview.
Tom Robbins: "What I've learned along the way is that existence...
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How Do I Achieve Balance?

We pose questions with our minds and we answer questions with our minds.  But body too has questions and answers.

Here's a question that we ask our minds a lot: "How do I achieve balance in my life?"

For a change, let your body answer this question: find a concrete curb and try to walk it without losing balance.

Notice how your discursive monkey mind has finally shut up and your body has begun to voice its silent...
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The Monkey Business of Being Human

For years I've been thinking of myself as just another modern-day ape.  This line of thought - that we are nothing more and nothing less than monkeys - is powerfully humanizing.  Here's what Mahesh Bhatt had to say about one of the most dangerous minds of the 20th century, Krishnamurti, in "Mind is a Myth."
UG, sitting bewildered and flabbergasted on the little bench, looked down at his body.  But this...
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Q & A

Questions matter more than answers.

Questions unwind the mind while the answers wind the mind up.

The quest part of the question is far more important than the destination end-point of the answer: a question is a liberating journey into the unknown, an answer is a...
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Stay, Lola, Stay!

In Reality Check #73 I wrote: "Reality is non-negotiable: it already is what it is."  This little "dictum" reminded me of a 1998 German film Run Lola Run.

In the film, Lola is presented with a challenging situation that she fails to successfully resolve despite three attempts, three "runs."  In each run, Lola attempts to replay reality - yes, to replay the very reality that already is what it is.

My advice to Lola(s): Stay, Lola,...
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