Rollins once wrote:
He tells me he’s doing better now
It’s been a long upward crawl up from the sewer
The bottom floor was hell for real
He used to be addicted to junk
Now he’s addicted to talking about
How he’s not addicted to junk
Counting the days he’s been clean
He talks about junk more now than when he was using it
Makes me think that no one gets away from it all the way
The more he talks,
Being isn’t a given.
Being is a taken.
“To be” is a verb, a documentation of action.
Being isn’t a cause, being is a consequence
of willing oneself into continuation,...
On the way home from work, at a stop sign, I noticed a pigeon walking circles around an empty bag of potato chips.
Does this matter?
It depends on your existential filter....
“Tat tvam asi” is an ancient Vedic mantra which means: “You are that” or “That you are.”
What does it mean?...
Freud once wrote: “The strength of the […] wishes can […] be detected behind the prohibition behind them.”
I think this line is essential to understanding the struggle of compulsion....
Ego is not an anatomical structure. It’s not something that you will see on an X-ray. Ego is an informational structure. That’s what the term ego actually means: it is a Latinized translation of “das Ich,” which is German for “the I.” “The I” is “the information” that you have about you....
Mori Ogai once wrote:
“Neither fearing nor yearning for death, I walk down the descending slope of life.”
Sounds like surrender?...
Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped....
Mindful eating moment # 804: “Standing on a city park bench, eating mulberries. A summer treat.”