An Illusion is not a mirage

In the Torah, Talmud, and other Jewish wisdom texts, words are often defined by what they are not. In Sanskrit (of the Indian tradition), this is true as well. Illusion, or maya, is described as “not real,” or non-reality. It may be that our human intellects can not grasp what we can’t see, or that which is too esoteric. This doesn’t work for more concrete words, as in “a dog is not a cat.”  Today’s word prompt, illusion, will continue to be illusive, slippery. The experience of illusion, the word, and its nature are the same. Contemplate that, or that which it is not.

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Speaking of Volume

Volume 

The noise volume that cascades around me at a high end cafe eatery is as high as the prices for a simple drink. When did the volume get turned up? Seems a lot to swallow. Looking for a controlled volume environment. May the silence be with us, as it can.

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Precipice Preparation

If you can’t anticipate a precipice, be prepared to land on your head. I’ve grown up believing that a precipice is a high before a fall. For me, I’ve always seen an abyss at the end of a precipice. I usually gravitate to the Middle Way (as in the Tao) — no super highs, but no downer lows, either.  Have you been raised not to get your hopes up? Does caution and height aversion still serve? If the answer is yes, join me in learning to rise above our habitual precipice aversion. We can start by anticipating an adventure from a safe distance. We can imagine falling down, and getting back up again. No risk, no gain, no falls, no pain. I’d like to tackle that tall precipice, but in the meantime, I’ll start by climbing some short hills.

 

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Be Calm Without a Qualm

What’s a qualm? A “daily post” word that is both calming and disruptive, a slight ripple on a tranquil surface. All lakes are qualm-y by nature, as are our decisions, thoughts, and actions. Have no qualms about it. The mind is like a lake. It is up to us to calm or stir the surface to get to the bottom of some thoughts. This process, if we follow it through, takes us past turbulence to a still, quiet place. It’s a meditation that allows us to go deep, from qualm to calm.


 

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Endurance from the Meditation Front

A funny thing happened as I wrote about endurance. The old post from 2013 endured. I couldn’t delete it. So, a few updates: Minnesota artist & writer AJ, visiting New York four  summers i…

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Endurance from the Meditation Front

A funny thing happened as I wrote about endurance. The old post from 2013 endured. I couldn’t delete it. So, a few updates: Minnesota artist & writer AJ, visiting New York four  summers i…

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Take 5 Baby Steps

Take 5 Baby Steps to your Volcano This may not be the best way to climb a mountain, but start with baby steps. Psychologists and coaches talk about the benefits of doing the hardest things first to…

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