Monthly Archives: May 2010

World Trends

I wrote this article about the inevitable collapse of world economies in mid-2009. However, as the US government stimulus took effect, there was increasing optimism and an article like this seemed untimely. Here it is now, slightly updated. I am not an economist and I have little interest in statistics. This is an instinctive view. The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change will collapse first. ECKHART TOLLE, A New Earth A compassionate perspective--For ten thousand years, Read more [...]

When you stop running

I was flipping through Geneen Roth’s “Women Food and God” and was struck by a story she tells of running away. She was at a meditation retreat in the desert and couldn’t stand it and was frantically trying to rent a helicopter to get her out. I fully resemble that story—a few years ago I was at a Vipassana meditation retreat, a ten-day, silent, simple-food, meditate-five-hours-a-day kind of thing. On the very first morning, in the very first meditation session, after less than three Read more [...]

Resisting resistance…

The truth that we are not what we take ourselves to be is glaringly and painfully obvious. The ego has no answer to this simple truth, but it does a have a typically effective solution: it just obliterates the question from our consciousness. This is why most of us go through life without facing up to this question. And this is why we suffer. But at some point life gets painful or boring or absurd enough, and we open up and consider who we really are. Awakening begins. Awakening for most Read more [...]

Observe without resistance

Happy Mother’s Day! Here’s my mother...and saluting the strength of women everywhere... photo credit: virginia.mcmillan ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Resistance Last week I said observe your thoughts, dispassionately, as a witness, and the gaps between thoughts will expand, and as you abide in the gaps, you will see more clearly. The questions which come up of course are don’t I need my thoughts? How can I function without thoughts? Who am I without thoughts? I like thinking. But this is more Read more [...]

Your Thoughts

Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everyone is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Eckhart Tolle Witness your thoughts, quietly and passively without interfering or judging or pulling or pushing, and you will find they are useless. Thoughts, and their derivative beliefs, are useless. Most thoughts are Read more [...]