Category: The Inner Life

Book Review – Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now

Book Review – Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now Me and my imaginary friend Wayne Dyer We made such an odd couple that I mostly kept it a secret, coming out to only the best and most forgiving of friends. He was deeply spiritual and viewed everything from that mushy-squishy-illogical vantage. All was one. All was love. There was no such thing as death or dying but only ‘transformation.’ Even personality and self are suspect. Me? Deeply agnostic, materialistic, and of a strongly scientific bent. I matched his enthusiasm for woo with a deep distrust of what can’t...

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Clean House, Clean Mind? It Works For Me

Clean House, Clean Mind? Sometimes what seems small brings great rewards. Getting Rid of Our Stuff You’ve heard the phrase Clean house, Clean Mind? Here’s a story. A few years ago, we moved a couple hundred miles away from our home near Seattle. We lived in a 3,500 square foot tri-level and most rooms were pretty stuffed. The thought of moving everything across the state was so daunting that we got a little crazy and start selling stuff off as fast as we could list it on eBay or Craigslist. It was fun. We made a few bucks and...

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Perspective #48: Consider The Lowly Cicada

You think you’re having it rough? Here’s guy, an adult cicada called an imagoe, who spends the summer sucking tree sap, making lots of noise, and searching out mates for a good time. Before that, though, these insects live for two to seventeen years underground as grubs. They’re active but c’mon – seventeen years underground? I once lived in Georgia, apologies accepted, and came upon a tree wallpapered with the empty husks of cicada nymphs. It was completely impressive. I laughed out loud in the middle of the forest when I saw it. When nymphs emerge from the ground,...

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What If You Wasted Your Entire Life?

Leo Tolstoy and the Meaning of Life Book Review: The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy Like many entitled young men in the nineteenth century, Tolstoy spent his days dutifully attending to his responsibilities as a young noble while slipping through dark streets at night to enjoy the soft pleasures of the whore house. In later years, though he was never able to fully wrestle away from his sex drive,  he mostly gave up both whores and politics when he found religion.  Found True Religion is more accurate. He was Russian Orthodox his entire life until renouncing orthodoxy for...

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Do Wasteful Thoughts Keep You Suspended In Mid-air?

Wile E. Coyote and Wasteful Thoughts I’ve started reading Sean Carroll’s so-far-fantastic-book The Big Picture. It’s tagged as an exploration of the origins of life, the origins of meaning, and the origins of the universe. What could be more fun? My Kindle lists it at 840 pages but so far each one is worth reading so I expect it will jog all kinds of thoughts and questions that I will translate into posts. The book opens with Wile E. Coyote defying gravity after running headlong over a steep cliff. You know the scene. He’s still running. His legs churn...

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