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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…

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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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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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Poise and New Year’s Resolutions Part One: Why Our Resolutions Almost Always Fail

What Are Resolutions and Why Do We Make Them? We make resolutions because we recognize the need to change. The universe is emerging, and we are emergent beings. Our potential…

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TAPPING THE UNSURPASSED VALUE OF PETTY TYRANTS

Poise is a state of consciousness that can be tested and sustained only in the challenging arena of real life, surrounded by other people. As Ram Dass points out, the…

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