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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Oryoki Form, Oryoki Essence (Part 1)

Knowing when enough is enough is really satisfying.
Dao De Jing
A meal is an event. Eating is the process behind it. Paying attention to the process of eating is both self-fulfilling and self-emptying. As such, a meal that involves focus on the process is not just a nutritional event but also a meditative event. Buddhists have long understood this. Let’s learn from them—in essence, but not necessarily in form.

Oryoki Form

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Einstein in Plural

There is a video today on CNN about Einstein's brain, about how neurologically convoluted Einstein's brain

This framing of the issue ("Einstein's brain") is the lingo of the old paradigm.

Here's the NT lingo  (Neural Tribe perspective) on this gray matter:
- Einstein didn't have a brain: Einstein was the brain.

- A brain isn't an organ to be had, to be owned, to be possessed; a brain is an organization of neurons that we ourselves are; we don't have our neural selves, we are...
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Talking Heads of Pattern Interruption

A few pattern-interruption points from Talking Heads (from 1984):

"There is a finite number of jokes in the universe."

"There is no music in space."

"Cats like houses better than people."

"Schools are for training people how to listen to other people."

"Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities."

"Table manners are for people who have nothing to do."

"Civilization is a religion."

"People will remember you better if always wear the same outfit."

"In the future we will all drive standing up."

"Adults think with their...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Metabolize This

We tend to think of metabolism in purely  physiological terms.  I'd like to help you broaden your view of  metabolism a bit.  I invite you to think of metabolism as information  processing.  Let's take the act of eating, for example.  We can think of  eating in purely physiological, metabolic or we can think of  eating as an informational process in which an act of tasting is an act  of knowing.

I describe this...
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VENs & the Mirror of Identification

[Neural Tribe series]

The ability to recognize yourself in the mirror is a behavioral index of self-awareness.  As part of extending the radius of identification to all of our neural brothers and sisters (regardless of their animal form) we - as a Neural Tribe - have to redefine what constitutes self-awareness.  Why?  Because the current mirror-based criterion for self-awareness draws an arguably rigid delineation between those of us who are self-aware...
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Liquid Logic

Edward de Bono offers a distinction between water logic and rock logic.  Water logic is when you deal with the situation in real time, in a case-specific manner: no rules, just intuition and spontaneity.  Water logic flows with the moment without crystallizing into the overgeneralizations and rules of rock logic.

Rock logic is rules.  Role logic biases the mind in advance, creates pre-conceived notions and re-action pathways long before the...
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Mindful Eating: Open Your Mind Before You Open Your Mouth

Thanksgiving Dinner: Harvest the Moment!

The act of giving thanks is more than just a gesture of gratitude.  It is a unique teaching moment.  Indeed, by expressing appreciation for this or that we teach the world about what matters to us, about what is existentially significant for us.  With this in mind, let me ask you this: what contributions to your well-being will you be reinforcing this year with your gratitude?  Will you...
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Self-Anthropomorphizing Neurons

One possible critique of the Neural Tribe perspective is that anthropomorphizes the lowly neurons.

Hell yeah! The Neural Tribe perspective is a purposeful attempt to humanize that which makes us human. The NT perspective sets out to anthropomorphize anthropos-the-essence, not anthropos-the-form, our neural presence, not the body-forms that we inhabit.

The NT perspective sees an anthropos ("man" in the connotation of "human") in each and every neuron, whether this neuron is to be found...
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