The Accidental Self

Is who we become in life decided by chance, or by choice? Our genetic composition was determined when our parents (and all prior ancestors) selected mates, but these weren’t our decisions, so our stock of genes is a chance outcome as far as we’re concerned. Likewise, the quality of … Continue reading

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Opening, Revisited

For years I’ve suffered abdominal pain and fatigue, which in recent months have been getting worse. The pain, at least, is traceable to a vascular anomaly near my pancreas. Surgery could correct this faulty pattern of blood flow. Since the … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Fourteen years ago my mind broke, though I prefer to say it broke open. In my nearly five hundred WillSpirit essays, I’ve often discussed that mental shattering. As its fourteenth anniversary approaches, I find myself living the consequences in the … Continue reading

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Exploring the Roots of Awareness

Blogging gets exciting when visitors engage in conversation. An exchange between Cathleen and myself has felt so interesting, I’m publishing it as a post of its own. As you’ll see, many concepts have come up that advance the discussion at … Continue reading

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The Mind’s Mirror

Three decades ago, Douglas Hofstadter wrote his immensely popular and Pulitzer Prize-earning book: Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. I never read it, because neither the graphic designs of Escher nor the recursive fugues of Bach resonate with me. … Continue reading

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My Worst Post Ever

My last essay may have been my least favorite ever. Because I’m writing so sporadically these days, the readership has dropped. If the site were still attracting people, I would have removed that last post in light of its negativity. … Continue reading

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Commentary

As often happens, a reader’s comment prompted me to discuss an important topic that I should have thought of on my own. Invoking Buddhist meditation as a path toward freedom from anguish risks giving the impression that I am suggesting … Continue reading

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Satipatthana

The recent marriage between neuroscience and meditative traditions may hold the key to the future of human civilization. Few other modern trends hold such potential to derail humanity from its track of destruction. Many of Daniel Siegel’s writings demonstrate how a … Continue reading

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Maturation of the Mind

There is a state of mind, known to religious men, but to no others, in which the … time of tension in our soul is over, and that of happy relaxation, of calm, deep breathing, of an eternal present, with … Continue reading

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Wise Waters

With the assistance of time, meditation and acupuncture have restored my balance. Most of this afternoon I enjoyed the same clarity and awareness that permeated my being after the January spiritual retreat. But there is less upwelling of ecstasy this … Continue reading

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