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How to Avoid the Dead-end of Cynicism

It’s easy to get sucked into cynical explanations for the behavior of other human beings these days.  Cynicism is the armor many people wear to ward off a challenging and…

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Are We On the Path of Knowledge?

Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot  possibly be good…

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The Troubles with Christmas–and An Opportunity to Practice Our Poise

As our family Christmas gathering approaches, we might assess the trouble ahead, just in case we aren’t already completely conscious about what goes on at these events.   And most…

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Walking Along the Abyss, Joyful and Free

For the rational man to hold steadfastly to his self-image ensures his abysmal ignorance. Carlos Castaneda, The Power of Silence. To be fully awake, joyful, and free every day we…

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Erasing Our Patterns and Waking Up

“…the tasks of erasing my routines, losing my self-importance and dropping my personal history became a sheer delight.”  Carlos Castaneda, The Wheel of Time Like cows going down a well-worn…

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Stopping the World to Achieve the Totality of Oneself

“For an average man, the world is weird because if he’s not bored with it, he’s at odds with it.  For a warrior, the world is weird because it is…

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You Don’t Like Your Job and Other Bad Explanations for Your Unhappiness

The way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t…

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Bringing Power to Resolutions: New Year’s Resolutions Part Four

Summary: In our three January posts on new year’s resolutions, we have seen that we must resolve to evolve. At any point in our lives we must know what wants…

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Poise and New Year’s Resolutions Part Three: Mobilizing New Energy for Resolve

Mobilizing New Energy for Resolve Parts One and Two Summary We’ve been looking at our resolutions to change, to go to war with our weaknesses. We’re often dilettantes making resolutions:…

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Poise and New Year’s Resolutions Part Two: A Life of Resolve

We’ve discovered that the universe is not a place; it’s a story, a story of an irreversible sequence of emergent events. For a long time we thought that the universe…

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