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Psychology of a Mistake

I did my best… I did my best!

Dane Cook, comedian
The phrase “to make a mistake” implies purposive, conscious, planned action. That’s utterly inaccurate: there are no intentional mistakes, no one consciously sets out to fail.

When we fail on purpose, when we make a mistake by design, we are actually succeeding with some kind of covert plan. Therefore, even an act of conscious sabotage isn’t a mistake (to you) even if takes the form of...
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A Pattern Break # 74-1a

I'd ask you out for lunch but, dear reader, we have a virtual relationship only.  So, instead, here's an invitation to a pattern break for you (or, as the cliche goes, some food for thought):

"You must find your basic question. My basic question was: 'Is there anything behind the abstractions the holy men are throwing at me? Is there really anything like enlightenment or self-realization?' I didn't want it. I just had this question. So naturally...
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Seamlessly Embedded in All That Is

You have to realize that you are not just there, standing alone, a living island onto yourself. You are seamlessly embedded in all that cosmically is. I take it back: you don't have to realize that. Of course, not. There is no necessity in that. But it would be emotionally pragmatic.

A good while back we used to think Earth was flat. We thought it had edges and we could fall...
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Yoga Mat for Your Mouth

Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga -- in the sense that eating unites your body and mind's intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness placemat that you could carry with you like a yoga mat, from table to table, from setting to setting, whether you are eating in or eating out, as a kind of portable eating mindfulness space of your own.

Sketch out a placemat that includes a...
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Hadza Zen

Who are the Hadza?

Location: northern Tanzania; "About a thousand Hadza live in their traditional homeland, a broad plain encompassing shallow, salty Lake Genetic testing indicates that they represent one of the primary roots of the human family tree - perhaps more than 100,000...
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Shallow Thoughts Run Deep

Deep thoughts stay tautologically close to reality. Put differently, deep thoughts run shallow. Example: "It is what it is." In saying nothing, thoughts like this manage to say nothing false. And that is about as close to reality as our babbling mind-streams get. Right, Jack Handy?

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