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Feb.12.2010
Knowing how to forgive is an essential, if not the essential skill of love. On that note, in continuation of the 360 Degrees of Compassion series, I'd like to offer you an example of betrayal and forgiveness, from Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell's famous dystopian novel. Nineteen Eighty-Four is...
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Feb.07.2010
1.As a competitive swimmer of the river of consciousnessI never understood the idea of a false start.What do you mean I have to wait to compete?!2.But now that I don’t compete I get it:I have to synchronize firstBefore I competitively get out of synch.3.Here’s what I like about team sports:You got...
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Feb.05.2010
Pattern Interruption Hall of Fame: people that wake us up from monotony of mindlessness.  These are iconoclasts, straight-shooters, rascal sages, and eccentric oddballs of all walks of mind - i.e. the denizens of the brave new world of self-aware unorthodoxy.  Michael Moore has tons of pattern...
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Feb.05.2010
Un-speakthe domino effect of your wordsback to the Original Silence of Metacognition*. To a momentbefore your Mindcreated the word “mind.” *Metacognition is cognition about cognition, thinking about thinking, thinking in reverse, so to say, from thought to thinker. Related posts: Eating Meditation...
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Feb.02.2010
Year 815 AD: Sadnalegs, a Tibetan king who was first to officially pledge support for Buddhism in Tibet, dies. An inscribed pillar commemorating this initiative is erected near Lhasa. Dharma spreads. Mind is a pattern-weaving, pattern-extracting monster of a thought-hive that roams the islands of...
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Jan.31.2010
1.A robot-in-me acknowledges the robot-in-you.Made of same proto-parts, we – together – make up one and the same Machinery of Consciousness.2.Self is a thought-hive.It waits not to be understood.It just flies.3.An event outside the event-horizon,You exist beyond words, beyond form, beyond...
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Jan.31.2010
Obama wasn't just presidential during his meeting with GOP (that comes easy to this fellow and is hardly news), he was a group-therapist-in-chief. That's the news. Cliff Notes on Concept of "Process" Walk into just about any practicing psychologist's office and there is a pretty good...
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Jan.30.2010
Obama wasn’t just presidential during his meeting with GOP (that comes easy to this fellow and is hardly news), he was a group-therapist-in-chief. That’s the news. Cliff Notes on Concept of “Process” Walk into just about any practicing psychologist’s office and there is a pretty good chance that...
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Jan.30.2010
1.A robot-in-me acknowledges the robot-in-you.Made of same proto-parts, we – together – make up one and the same Machinery of Consciousness.2.Self is a thought-hive.It waits not to be understood.It just flies.3.An event outside the event-horizon,You exist beyond words, beyond form, beyond...
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Jan.28.2010
1.We confuse perfection with imperfectionBut there is no differenceUnless, of course, you compare what is with what isn’t.2.If I could be right this very moment better, worse or other than what I am right nowI wouldn’t be myself.But I am, perfectly imperfect.3.And so are you!4.It is always like...
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Jan.25.2010
To judge, we need categories. To forgive, we have to go beyond our categories, we have to examine the reality of what happened through somebody else’s categories.  But we like our categories!  We don’t like to revise them, let alone looking at the world through somebody else’s lens (categories,...
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Jan.23.2010
The future enters into us long before it happens. Rainer Maria Rilke from Compassion Series “To understand is to forgive” formula is more than just perspective-taking, more than just seeing the event from other person’s perspective.  In order to forgive, you also have to understand why what...
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Jan.21.2010
1. If you can see the reality in at least seven ways You can be at peace with it. And one with it too. 2. The essence of any War is: “I think This” vs. “I think This.” (from the side it looks like it's just two people arguing about “This” and “That” and there is a point to it) But from inside the...
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Jan.20.2010
1.I looked into you as long as I could:But I didn't see any infinity.It’s just not there.I’m sorry.You are all here.2.Zen is all surface,No deeper than whatever is. pavel, skating the thin ice of presence
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Jan.19.2010
Conscicide - death of mind, not of consciousness - not that there is an ontological difference between these two sides of one and the same oneness. I'll blog more about this at a time other than now... But when is that?  Just because a mind coins a word it doesn't mean it's not a part of the same...
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