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Dec.19.2009
Buddhism - as a psychology - is the search for the Middle Path, away from the categorical and oversimplifying extremes of all or nothing judgements, out of the cognitively inflexible rut of the conditioned black and white (dichotomous) thinking. As such, Buddhist psychology is the Psychology of...
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Dec.18.2009
Context:Avatar is a Hindu term that originally means an appearance, a manifestation of a deity in a visible form, an embodiment of the ideal. Philosophically, the term Avatar could be understood as synonymous with Form (form-based manifestation of Essence). Psychologically, the term Avatar, in my...
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Dec.15.2009
Context You’ve probably heard this Zen story.  A seeker of enlightenment visits a monk with a bunch of questions.  The monk offers the seeker a cup of tea but as he pours it full he lets it spill over.  The visitor is startled.  The monk explains: a mind that is full has no room for anything else....
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Dec.14.2009
Pattern interruption is a good thing:  when a pattern is broken, we wake up, go off the autopilot.   So, here's an intriguing case of pattern interruption to learn from. 2000: Boston philantropist announces a $1,000,000 dollar prize for a solution to 1904 Poincare's conjecture about 3D space. 2002...
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Dec.14.2009
0.It’s just you and I, leaning on our shovels of words,Burying meaning alive.1.In a street carnival of synchronicityThe former Absolute TruthBacks up into your mouthLike yesterday’s pizza.Truth is regurgitationOf what no longer matters!2.You and me,right now,we are going to take the entire Ocean of...
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Dec.13.2009
1.Mirror triesTo differentiateItselfFrom its own reflection.Consciousness triesTo differentiateItselfFrom its own mind.Neither can:There isNo differenceBetween Subject and ObjectWhatsoever!2.Remember our little balconyOn the third floor of that hotelin Paris?No.3.Consciousness wastes itselfOn...
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Dec.12.2009
pattern-interruption workout: read, ask self: what pattern/schema did this break for me? (if any, that is)  1.If you don’t stop itIt’ll stop you.This I-less-nessIs self-destructive.2.There’s only one motive (I thought).That of well-being…But now that you are pointing a gun to my headI see that...
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Dec.10.2009
When you lose everything it might seem that loss is all that’s left to identify with.  Loss is a situation not a state of mind.  Just like you weren’t what you had, you aren’t what you lost.  Nor are you what you owe.  Indenture isn’t identity.  A financial obligation does not oblige you to...
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Dec.09.2009
1.I counted time.It doesn’t add up.No matter how long you swoosh this mouthful of life,The aftertaste of time ain’t gonna rinse out.2.At a bottom of a lake, I sit,Breathing through a straw,Divining what’s on the surface.They taught me tricks but they didn’t teach me how to un-trick them.So, I sit,...
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Dec.08.2009
1.I am right now drawing zeros indefinitelyOn a dollar bill that I am yet to mint.Infinite wealth,Isn’t it?2.Hell no.Money’s just a symbol.3.Cash in your realityRight nowOr run the risk of inflation.The world’s expanding, you know…
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Dec.07.2009
Gift shopping, gift wrapping, gift exchange, gift returns, gift disappointments – the logistics of this holiday endeavor are overwhelming and are part of the very stress that we are so much trying to avoid each and every holiday season.  If you are still looking for ideas on how not to sabotage the...
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Dec.06.2009
Finally cold. Breaking the ice. Busted up my shin. First quality winter swim. Life - in all its non-news newness.  Another pattern of mindlessness melted.
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Dec.02.2009
By the time we get out of kindergarten we have a sneaking suspicion that there is more than one take on reality. This realization (that things are not black and white) pretty much crystallizes by the time we get out of the high-school. What starts out as a clear-cut case of pain and pleasure and...
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Dec.02.2009
Callender and Edney, in their book "Introducing Time," write: "In addition to the physical time measured by various clocks, there is also psychological time" (2004, p. 8).  The problem is: there is no "physical time" since time is not a physical stimulus.  Physically...
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Dec.01.2009
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State (Static) View of Perfection As a perfectionist, you think of perfection as a state.  As you clean your kitchen or your car or your desk, you fantasize about preserving the state of perfection that you have accomplished.  If you can only get it right, then it’ll remain perfect from then on. ...
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