Mountain Meditations

Mountain Meditations

Mountain MeditationsWhen the world is quiet and the mind is at peace, the trappings of the day-to-day grind all pass away.  What does it all mean anyway? Why do we work so hard for this job or that job? What value does it bring to ourselves or to the world? As I sit...

Carpe Diem Squared

Carpe Diem Squared

Carpe Diem SquaredI’ve pretty much always subscribed to the belief and practice that Live for Today is a great mantra.  Some might interpret my choices as not sufficiently planning for the long-term.  And perhaps it is true that I exhibit some of the “addiction to...

Visit from Mom?

Visit from Mom?

Visit from Mom?I had a very vivid dream a couple nights ago.  Mom was a core part of this dream.  While like most of my dreams, the details are vague, I do remember her and I interacting for “a long time” (in dream time.)  It is not unusual for Mom to visit my...

Lucky and Lonely

Lucky and Lonely

Lucky and LonelySo, I know the title of this vignette is weird.  I don’t mean to imply that I’m lucky because I’m alone.  And, I’m certainly not lonely because of good luck.  There is no implied causality between the two words in the title.  Rather, it is just...

Why I Write

Why I Write

Why I WriteJust last fall I started publishing some of my personal writings. I have been writing various snippets since I was a teenager — journals, outpouring of raw emotions, essays. I have never been particularly consistent or disciplined about it. In...

Sharing Santorini (and Beyond)

Sharing Santorini (and Beyond)

Sharing Santorini (and Beyond)Time with family is always special, and important.  But having the opportunity to spend time with my older brother, Dave, in a few absolutely gorgeous spots on the Earth — well, that is magical.  It is not just that we got to share great...

Power of Silence

Power of Silence

Power of Shutting Up!I attended the funeral service for the dad of a great friend today. t was held at a Catholic church, and the priest delivered a good (and graciously short) sermon.  He made several biblically grounded references, of course, but his theme was...

Jesus Healed more than just People

Jesus Healed more than just People

Jesus Healed more than just PeopleOne of the core characteristics and legends of Jesus of Nazareth was that he was a healer. He healed lepers. He drove demons from those possessed. He raised Lazareth from the dead! He preached God’s love but went further in showing...

Plato’s Challenge

Plato’s Challenge

Plato's ChallengePlato was obviously, and unchallengingly, a great thinker and a super influential philosopher.  In fact, his radical (at the time) views on the separation between the Ideal and the Real resonate deeply in current Western thought, and in the main...

The Universe is Not Wasteful

The Universe is Not Wasteful

The Universe is Not Wasteful!I have been thinking about transcendence and about consciousness lately.  What happens to the selves of the people around us after they die?  Do my loved ones that have passed on linger in some way?  When I feel the presence of my father...

From whence, peace?

From whence, peace?

From Whence, Peace?It seems like I’m always worried about something.  Not like I fret all day or anything.  Or that I struggle getting productive work done because I’m distracted by worry or stress.  In fact, most of the time (during the daylight hours) I don’t really...

Failure of Rationality — in this one instance

Failure of Rationality — in this one instance

A Failure of RationalityI have been thinking a lot about what is after this life — for most of my life. Big surprise! Most of us probably start wondering after we get over being completely focused on getting dates, whether our friends really like us, etc., what is the...

Quanta of Transcendence

Quanta of Transcendence

Connections are the Quanta of TranscendanceTranscendence, definition:  Existence or experience beyond the normal or physical level. What does this mean?  Transcendence is the word we use to describe the “beyond”, the something that is above or outside our normal,...