Archives for April, 2012

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Autonomy of Eating

“We cannot stop our heartbeat or our breathing but we can choose to stop eating and die, as many protest-fasters have demonstrated.” (G.  Sams, p. 208).

This is a highly curious point.  If you were to try to hold your breath to kill yourself, you will faint and your body will take over the steering wheel of your existence.  It will override your stewardship of this body in a kind of body-over-mind...
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Acceptance-Based Perfectionism

How To Experience Perfection Without Being Perfectionistic

Classic perfectionism is like an infinite tunnel:  you drive in and you never get out.  For a finite mortal like you and I, chasing the Unattainable is akin to trying to beat the speed of light.  It can’t be done.  Thus, the no-way-out-doom-and-gloom of the perfectionistic mind.  Perfectionism is an autobahn into Nowhere without any exit ramps.  That is, unless we redefine Perfection and Perfectionism.

Shifting the Paradigm of Perfectionism

As I see it, perfectionism...
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Mindfulness Is a Mindlessness of Self

To understand mindfulness (of a certain meditative type) you have to understand the issue of Subject-Object duality.

Subject-Object duality is a vestige of our predatory nature: a life-form (such as you) eyes (sees) another life-form; zooms in, focuses, to see if this other life-form is fit to eat; subject-object duality is born: "I" want "it."  This is our evolutionary past: our attention evolved to track patterns.

To attend is to objectify, to turn an...
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Kicking the Habit: Taking Time to Build Skillpower

Smoking, as you well know, is a hard habit to break. What makes this seemingly simple behavior so difficult to quit, from a behavioral standpoint, is the sheer amount of conditioning that goes into installing the habit.  If you smoke a pack a day, you take an average of 160 puffs per day!

The stupefyingly high frequency of smoking behavior can only compete with breathing, walking, and eating. Indeed, can you think of...
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Mindful Eating: Tracking Light

Here's a thought from Reinventing the Meal that may "illuminate" your eating a bit:

All energy on this planet – one way or another – is a sun-product.  So, as you fill up your shopping cart, try to mentally track the connection between any given foodstuff and its relationship to the sun.  Plants are, of course, easy.  It’s nearly automatic to envision them outside, basking in the sun, and soaking up the energy of light. ...
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