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May 8, 2021: Reflections on Kindness, Compassion, Joy, & Equanimity

Some quick definitions of what Buddhist teaching calls the “4 Immeasurable or Limitless Qualities”: Loving-kindness: goodwill and friendliness towards all Compassion: the desire to relieve others’ suffering Sympathetic Joy: rejoicing in others’ happiness and well-being Equanimity: experiencing limitless benevolence towards all beings May 8, 2021 Equanimity I’m increasingly grappling with the realities of my physical […]

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Books I Recommend, Updated May 2021

Books remain indispensable for critical thinking, during an era when information is proliferate but wisdom is scarce.  It doesn’t matter whether you prefer paperback, hardcover, audio, or e-books; books are essential. With the possible exception of travel to new places and cultures, nothing compares to the deep learning and insights you garner–along with significant pleasure–when you plunge […]

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Have a Process

Having a good process, embedded with effective habits, isn’t everything. But it sure makes most things more consistent, fruitful, and satisfying. Seth Godin’s newest book, The Practice, emphasizes the importance of focusing on process when doing creative work–and obsessing far less on particular outcomes. You can usually control being intentional about a process, but specific […]

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Meaning

Today, each of us lives in the epicenter of a dynamic, surreal tension between the forces of tremendous potential and forces that could extinguish our species and render Earth uninhabitable for most life forms. And regardless of how these forces play out on a historical continuum, the one certainty for every individual is death. Our […]

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Mindfulness, Learning, Storytelling: Interrelationships

As I’ve continued to grow and learn, as I’ve thrived and stumbled through various experiences and seasons of life, I’ve noticed that three practices in particular are the most powerful, transformative, and relevant for meaningful living and careers, in the face of both possibilities and threats.  Mindfulness is the practice of giving full attention to […]

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Surveillance Capitalism

The 21st Century has not been known for its efforts to protect Americans’ privacy. The new millennium didn’t start out that way, but within its first few years two events changed the game: the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks (with their subsequent passing of the Patriot Act and commencement of the War on Terror) and […]

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Preventing Future Pandemics

Most of us are so consumed by trying to deal with the current pandemic that we’re not thinking through how to prevent future, deadlier ones. Such prevention rests up on a dual interplay of strong healthcare processes and a different orientation toward animals. The American healthcare apparatus has proven woefully inadequate to arrest the onslaught […]

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We Can and Must Do Better

As COVID-19 rages on and future pandemics lie in wait; as ecosystems collapse, homes and businesses are destroyed, and poverty and disease spread; as surveillance capitalists go unchecked and industrial complexes continue to possess far more power than consumers, the collective impact is a widening inequality leading, unsurprisingly, to increasing social unrest. The 2020 pandemic […]

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