Eating Sun

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • 4 min read

“What is the future of eating?” is the question that I tried to answer in “Reinventing the Meal” (2012)

Transhuman Fermentation

Still a cultural underground, transhumanism is a gradual churning of techno-genetic possibilities. As a social movement, transhumanism is still in the stages of fermentation. From the evolutionary standpoint, transhumanism is an attempt at self-guided evolution, a project of customizing the body to meet the needs of the mind.

But what does the mind fundamentally need from the body? Faster information processing would be nice. An extended health span would be nifty. Who wouldn’t like faster legs, sharper vision, or more acute hearing? Heck, having a functional pair of wings wouldn’t hurt either. Top all of this off with bulletproof skin, and it might seem as though this human dream of functional augmentation was complete. But it isn’t. It’s lacking the most fundamental piece: greater metabolic independence. Indeed, what minds seem to really like is sovereignty. And sovereignty is synonymous with greater energy independence. Of course, all metabolic independence is relative. No life is ultimately independent of its environment.

As I see it, a transhuman project of metabolic independence could take one of two general paths: that of direct human photosynthesis at a cellular level (let’s call it the path of Homo solaris) or the path of the Energizer Bunny. The former is a path of genetic modification and perhaps surgical augmentation or a wholesale nanosurgical alteration on a cellular level. The latter path might involve some sort of “future skin,” a kind of biotech chimera project of …

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Ordinary Perfection

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

When I look at the nameless reality of Whatever Currently Is (right now) through the lens of mindfulness and presence, everything relaxes me, everything feels “ok” and “normal” and “simply such” – even illness and death and violence and war and… You name it! Everything – the entire Ordinary Perfection of it all.

In 1710 German polymath Gottfried Leibniz says: we live “in the best of all possible worlds.”  Exactly. And you don’t have to be good at math to figure this out: reality always adds up to itself – reality is never less and never more than everything it can be at any given moment. The rest is the stress and tension of idealistic expectations.  Reality does not shortchange itself.  All that can be – is.  360-degrees acceptance is the letting go of perfectionistic dissatisfaction about the current state of reality.  Acceptance is the beginning of relaxation.  To relax, accept.  A basic formula of self-care that suits any circumstance.

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Ceasing and Arising

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

Ceasing and arising – two words for one and the same self-renewing flow of reality.

Psychology of pratitya-samutpada (dependent origination) is the psychology of acceptance of What Is.


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Identity Giveaway

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • 1 min read

leIdentity theft is when someone identifies themselves as you and steals your resources. Identity giveaway is when you identify as someone else and surrender your sense of individuality and uniqueness.

All identification with the external is a giveaway of your essence.

Identity giveaway begins with social comparisons and peaks with social imitation.

The word “identity” comes from the Latin word idem, which means “same.” Identity is built through identification with the external, with what you are not. We determine our identities by comparing ourselves to “not-ourselves” and thereby try to determine who we are. We tend to think along the lines of “I am like this or that” or “I am like so-and-so or that-and-such.” Therein lies the problem.

You aren’t like anything or anybody else, even if you are similar. Similarity isn’t sameness. No one is the same as you. Number 1.0000001 is very, very close to one, but it still isn’t a true one. Only one is one. And only you are you. There is no one like you. You are not an almost-you, or a kinda-you, or a sorta-you. You are one of a kind, fully and uniquely you! When we identify (equate) ourselves with the external, with what is not us, we ignore the very uniqueness that makes us different.

Recognize that uniqueness is beyond comparison. Recognize that you are beyond comparison. Recognize that as long as you define what you are by what you are not, you are exchanging your uniqueness and oneness for similarity. …

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Formless Awareness

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

Lotus effect picForm is structure.

Thus, form binds.

Ego is form, an informational structure, an info-form.

Thus, ego binds.

You are not form, you are that which is in the process of formation.

What is that?

A life-force, conscious matter.

To drop ego, drop form.

Drop your view of self.

Self-esteem, self-worth, self-concept – drop all that, if only for a moment.

Just like tools in a tool belt, these mind-forms help you out but also drag you down.

Drop your self-view, let go of your favorite identity

Detox yourself from the info-forms that you are not.

Neti it out (“I am not this, not that!”)

Mind is formed awareness, crystallized awareness, conditioned awareness.

Awareness is formlessness, fluidity, freedom.

And notice the undifferentiated, the formless field (pool) of energetic awareness that you are.

This is the womb of all human potentialities, the source of your living spontaneity, the space of relaxed bliss.

This is your home, your natural state, your primordial baseline.

There is nothing to do but to merely return to your essential self-less Self now and then.

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Veils of Illusion

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

A life takes shape.

We give this Namelessness a name.

And Maya (illusion) is born.

Universe likes to play pranks on its it-less no-self

Hiding its Oneness behind the veils of plurality.

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Am-ful Om-ness, Om-ful Am-ness

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • 1 min read



Church bells: A couple of weeks ago, while coming home from work, I heard church bells… I love the sound of church bells – not the meaning of that sound or the affiliations of that sound – but just the sound, the sound itself.  There is a nice “om” to this sound.  This sound takes me back to the sounds of my childhood, when i was growing up in Moscow.  This sound – the sound of church bells – is a human invention that never fails to resonate with me.


Gym bells: I have a mini-gym in my backyard since I like to exercise outdoors as much as I can.  So, this morning, while doing a bench press in my tool shed, in the quiet of the morning, I realized that the clanking sound of the 45 lbs plates on the bar was identical to the sound of church bells.  Or nearly so.  There is a definite “om” to this sound – a familiar primordial resonance. An “om” that led me to am-ness today.  And most likely will in the future too.


Mind bells: And then I thought: “How silly, right?  How mindless I’ve been all these years!  I’ve been in the presence of this clanking sound for years (here’s a picture of me from a long while back, with these gym bells right around my ears!) – and I haven’t made the connection between the church bells and gym bells. But now I have!  Now and henceforth …

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A Stitch of Self

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

Being stitches its way through Becoming:

Now you see your essential Self and now – eclipsed by Form – you don’t.

In and out, Being threads its way through the fabric of Nonbeing.

Mind’s Eye, Mind’s Nose

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

shutterstock_224041396Smell helps mind see at night.

So does hearing and touch.

Point is: all sensations reduce to vision.

See what I mean?

In case you don’t, let me “show” you again: each sense gives mind a model of reality and to model a reality is to envision it.

So, whether it is a nose or an ear, it’s all in the service of a mind’s eye.

Eye image available from Shutterstock.

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A Banality

By Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. • Less than a min read

If we know how to, we love our kids (which is a big “if” (since many of us weren’t loved or were not loved “right”)). They take that love and, hopefully, pass it on (a big “hopefully” since they are so many matching and existential variables involved). That’s how the world is righted, a heart at a time.

A banality, I know.

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Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. is the author of The Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, The Smoke-Free Smoke Break, and Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time.

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