Wu Wei – 無爲

I am almost certain that I’ve at some time mentioned studying Taoism as a monastic temporarily, and then transitioning back into “modern” life. It’s also while you’ll see lots of references to this particular branch of philosophy in my writing. One of the things that “gets me” is that despite all of my training andContinue reading “Wu Wei – 無爲”

The Power of “Nah, I’m Good.”

The Emperor sent his men to bring the Taoist sage, Chuang Tzu, back to the palace so he could serve and provide good counsel to the Emperor. Of course, Chuang Tzu declined the honor when the soldiers found him sitting in the dirt at the foot of a shade tree. The soldiers demanded he explainContinue reading “The Power of “Nah, I’m Good.””

The Lens of Perception

क्षीणवृत्तेरभिजातस्येव मणेर्ग्रहीतृग्रहणग्राह्येषु तत्स्थतदञ्जनतासमापत्तिः॥४१॥ “A tranquil mind is like a crystal—it assumes the color of whatever is in its proximity, be it an object of concentration, the process of concentration, or the pure consciousness that witnesses the inner functioning of the mind.” – Maharishi Patanjali, Yogasutra 1.41 That’s a rather wordy translation, but it’ll do. IfContinue reading “The Lens of Perception”

Where is the Mind?

Recently, I ran across some articles from and in reference to Dr. Dan Siegel where he defined the mind. His usage and understanding for those working in therapeutic fields is useful, and for our usage here, unites the more esoteric views with those of modern science very well. The definition is as follows: “the emergentContinue reading “Where is the Mind?”

Cheng Man Ching on Temperament

“When I was a young man, I had a sense of justice, but recklessly disregarded the consequences of my actions. I had the ambition to study hard to reach the highest level, but my physical energy was low.” -CMC I will readily admit that martial arts have been a huge portion of my life. IContinue reading “Cheng Man Ching on Temperament”

Upsetting the Hedonic Treadmill

“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” Robert M. Pirsig. To explain the escape from the Hedonic Treadmill, it’s probably important at first to define it. As a concept, it is the part of our adaptive process that quickly returns our sense of happiness toContinue reading “Upsetting the Hedonic Treadmill”

Input Manipulates Output

Finally, we touch on the subject of Alchemy, and how we may look to the roots of natural science to better understand the philosophy of discovery itself. Alchemy (Greek: khēmeía:χημεία…Lat: Alchymia), while often seen as a magickal way of thinking, is very much based in practical observations of the natural world from the perspective ofContinue reading “Input Manipulates Output”

You (+desire/will) Are Enough

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau “I don’t want to hear from them who know they can buy but can’t put on my clothes.” Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam One of the things that we see suggested again and againContinue reading “You (+desire/will) Are Enough”

Wim Hof, An Overview

Through Kundalini practice, Pranayama, etc. I was introduced to Wim Hof and his method of breathing and cold exposure. I’d consider myself a “cautiously critical fan.” There’s certainly value in the practice, but at the same time, it’s valuable to not put too much emphasis on any one teacher or method. Wim Hof was bornContinue reading “Wim Hof, An Overview”