Category consciousness

8 tips for starting to meditate, and books to explore

Several friends have asked me, do I have any tips for starting to meditate? Yes! First, it might be helpful to paint more of how I got into all this. In 2006, I’d witnessed my longtime friend Jeremy’s transition into a calmer, more self-confident, happier state of being, because of his starting to practice yoga […]

Acting in the present moment as your own observer :: jumping from A Thousand Splendid Suns

I’m learning how many artists and thinkers extol the concept of “observing one’s actions from a state of inner calm”. Right now, I’m writing a lot, and reading Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. After learning more about Afghanistan’s recent history and Hosseini’s bio, I found this passage from his latest blog post: By far […]

finding meaning

yeah so last post, lots of happiness [thoughts on] and frustration [at the war] – now back, after an intense due diligence, a week spent mostly hiking, yoga meditating, now on a project in Chicago. when it gets crazy, “ramping up” as we say with a new project, then blog becomes secondary. well more like […]

What is meditation?

Many people I know are quite skeptical about meditation. It’s “wierd” or something “alternative” that Westerners just don’t do. I know I felt this way until about 2 years ago, when I started to explore yoga as a way to decrease stress. Meditation is just a natural offshoot, and it would not due the experience […]

Feel the Fear…and do it anyway (Jeffers) :: review

We all have fears in life that can make it seem challenging and even debilitating to proceed.* However, if we don’t face these fears, we will be stuck in a life of helplessness. What can we do about it? In Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers provides some solid answers for how to […]

exploration . review :: Kafka on the Shore (Murakami)

So I feel weird “reviewing” a work of fiction…because something just doesn’t make sense about using conscious thought to evaluate an art form. So I’ll do my best to share my impression, why I think it’s totally hip, and some things I think would be cool to explore as a result of reading this book. […]