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The freedom of my lives

Over the years of my life, through the different lifetimes that I have lived, freedom to me has been an ever changing obscurity, that as at times been elusive in its presence, and yet it’s absence un-noted or a silent drowning.

Dealing with anxiety: The Ancient Way

We might not be conscious of how we interpret the world, because our beliefs are ingrained and habitual. Our beliefs are like a pair of glasses we have worn for so long, we forget we’re wearing them. But we can learn to bring our unconscious life philosophy to consciousness by asking ourselves questions.

Martial Arts Strategy & The Five Elements

The five element theory is a way of taking a lot of information and organizing it in a way that makes it easy to understand. Used properly it becomes a way to understand complicated relationships and see solutions to problems. Martial arts strategy is a very complex dynamic and readily lends itself to being analyzed in a five element system.

Walking improves creativity

For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity.

Deepak Chopra- Making a Choice: Is the Universe Mental or Physical?

By Deepak Chopra. Science often makes strides by contradicting what we take for granted, and the biggest thing everyone takes for granted is the physical world. Our senses wrap themselves around tangible objects so naturally that it’s difficult to believe that they may be misleading us completely.

The Empty Boat by Chuang Tzu

by Charlie Ambler – Available from thedailyzen.org  He who rules men lives in confusion; He who is ruled by men lives in sorrow. Yao therefore desired Neither to influence others Nor to be influenced by them. The way to get clear of confusion… Continue Reading →

The Ending of Time: Where Philosophy and Physics Meet

The dialogues between J. Krishnamurti and Physicist David Bohm look at the nature of existence. The transcripts of this dialogue are written here.

Gentle bridges

The dialogues involving the Dalai Lama and scholars of buddhist thought with Jeremy Hayward, Eleanor Rosch, Francisco Varela and other Western scientists are captured in the book ‘Gentle Bridges’.

Descartes: COGITO ERGO SUM ‘I think, therefore I am’

I am a thinking thing. But what if anything can I know for certain? I can’t rely on my senses. They sometimes mislead me. How can I be sure I’m not dreaming now?

Alan Watts: “It’s a very odd situation”

Reflections about this weird and wonderful existence as human beings on an unimportant rock ball, from philosopher and writer Alan Watts.

The Dalai Lama on humanness and meaning

On humanness and meaning 5 quotes from the Dalai Lama. The principles and beliefs of Buddhism concerning humanity and the world as a united ecological whole have much to teach us about how we think about not only ourselves, but also the living systems in which we work and exist- and make change.

Tagore: The Stream of Life

Tagore’s work reflects his view that humanity creates its own segregation. He urged the understanding of cultural diversity, and believed strongly that we should all expand our own understanding of the world and thus ourselves through exploration and education- simply hearing and respecting the diversity of the world. And through seeking to see commonality and feel unity, rather than difference and opposition.

What Plato’s Cave Tells Us About Managing Change

The Allegory of The Cave features as part of Plato’s wider work The Republic. It suggests that in an ever changing world with an every changing reality we need to adapt our perception, learn and know in new ways.

Aristotle- the purpose of life

By Emma Loftus Aristotle is arguably the most well known name and philosopher in the world. Musing some two thousand or so years ago, he delved most famously into politics and ethics. Times might have changed, but Aristotle’s teachings still… Continue Reading →

Perspectives of Guerre: If our particles have no identity, how can we?

Reductionist thinking seeks understanding through splitting the world into its constituent parts. In this article, we find that there comes a point where that simply doesn’t work, in fact where ‘parts’ simply disappear. This is the world of quantum mechanics

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