Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wonder of the Day: Light Eaters

In case you need to be reminded of just how amazing plants are, here’s what the late ethnobotanist Tim Plowman said when asked about the “wonders catalogued in The Secret Life of Plants.” Why would a plant care about Mozart? … Continue reading

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The Mind as Elephant Trunk

In a recent post on compulsive ideation, I mentioned my fondness for the variety of ways that meditation masters describe our untrained monkey minds.  Here’s another installment on the same theme, and the first such I remember coming across—over twenty … Continue reading

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A Musical Offering

I think that if I were required to spend the rest of my life on a desert island, and to listen to or play the music of any one composer during all that time, that composer would almost certainly be … Continue reading

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Compulsive Ideation

I have a special fondness for the variety of ways that our “normal” monkey minds are described by meditation masters. Here’s a good one I’ve recently come across. Does it resonate? Compulsive ideation is the mind frothing at the mouth. … Continue reading

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I Smoked Pot with David Brooks

Well, no, actually I didn’t smoke pot with David Brooks. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I could bear to have a drink with him. It’s work enough to get through one of his columns without being alternately … Continue reading

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