In the ‘Sutra of Golden Light,’ Guatama Siddhartha, the Shakyamuni Buddha, invites anyone experiencing misery and affliction, bad health, poverty, loss, abuse, ill will, fear, nightmares, or any other harm to hear his words. He states: “To these sentient beings I shall reveal this sutra called ‘Sublime Golden Light,’ which rids one of every harmful […]
Notes From Old Napkins
Writer's take notes. On bar napkins, on the backs of envelopes, in notebooks tucked away in back pockets and rucksacks. We take notes, jot ideas, and scribble thoughts that we always hope to get back to. This collection of essays got their start from such a pile of remnant inklings.
As a young man, I thought my creativity would last forever. I couldn’t imagine writer’s block, or not having the time to wander around with my dog and a camera. Though as we persist, and our lives become more complicated, sometimes tragic, & often hurried, the desire to get back to our creative selves can […]
In a recent email a reader asked if there is a “fast-track” to restoring human creativity. Initially frustrating, the question poses an interesting dilemma. Given that the world is simultaneously facing health, social, and economic crises, it seems we need creative individuals more than ever. That realization pushed me to think more seriously about the […]
“Dynamic Mindfulness” isn’t a phrase we hear very often, yet it represents the more prevalent mindful practices in our culture. Many think of mindfulness as just meditation. Though practices like Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga, are also ways of practicing mindfulness. In fact, more people practice these forms of dynamic mindfulness than traditional forms of […]
Among the less famous quotes of Marshall McLuhan was his declaration “affluence creates poverty.” Under our current usage of the word, many would have no choice but to agree with him. Most western cultures consider an individual affluent if they have accumulated substantial wealth relative to the majority of citizens in their society. In the […]