Journey of life – education

Nice rendition of a popular lecture of Alan Watts.
journey of purpose TJOP – on youtube.
Video address the relative standards of how one or a group is trained in the present post academic job and career market.
When does one, or a family feel the sense of achievement, satisfaction and purpose in the context of finances, when goals and quotas are more tangible then in the moment rewards.
Another Edit of Alan Watts Lecture- can be found here:

* Alan Watts talks the human game / Universe At Play *

Making Plans for the for future is only Useful to those who are capable of living in the moment,”
-Alan Watts.

K’naan – ABC’s — Album Troubadour 2007

Various Quotes on Education:

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
― Mark Twain

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
― Walter Cronkite

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
― Aristotle

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
― C.S. Lewis


Symphony of Rain

So busy doing other things, some times I forget the beauty of the rain. Its not until I “sit” do I remember. I already was sitting — on the front porch playing chess against my android device on an otherwise “dark and stormy night”. Tired of that I just “sat” in the Zen definition:
Sitting, on the same porch on bench: posture square, straight… confident through the shoulders but relaxed; Legs straight with feet flat on the ground. I should point out that I was covered in bug repellent, so I felt safe from the army of mosquitoes of the damp night.

Soon the sound of the rain filled my awareness. The sound of droplets against asphalt roof and asphalt road with the grass, bushes and flower beds in between: quite a symphony.
Then I could fill the touch of the cool damp breeze. My thoughts meandered to other arbitrary ideas. When I caught myself thinking.. (I almost just wrote “When I caught my mind thinking” ) When i caught myself thinking about stuff: I let go of the subvocalizing process… I became aware of my breathing and posturing. And then the symphony of the rain, again

There is always a point, while meditating, where I want to get up and do something else. As if to say, “Well i am done. Yep I’m satisfied with the moment. Lets go do something else. Lets go be somewhere else. Lets go dancing!
I always have to catch myself, as if to say “hey! where do you got to be? Sit your ass back down and enjoy the moment.
The tricks that I play on myself (I almost wrote “the tricks that my mind plays upon me”) while meditating. Meditating is seldom peaceful for me. Neither is writing apparently, since I keep treating ‘my mind” as if where separate from the rest of me.

The bug repellent wore off, leaving me the anxiety of being eating alive by mosquito who have been seeking refuge from the night by porch lights. I love the rain, but I don’t like mosquito bites.

So I went inside and wrote about it.

Here and Now, Revisited

I say “I have a memory” – I am remembering.
I say “I will take a walk”. -I am anticipating when ‘I am walking’.
I say “I had a conversation” – I am remembering when I was conversing.
I have a thought and a emotion. – I think, feel, and cognate.
When I read the paper about what is happening over there. I am reading right here.

remembering, walking, anticipating, conversing, reading … thinking, feeling, cognating, acting, doing, being and interacting, saying. — all happen in the Here and Now. The poetic license of of English Language can confuse us at times, but we happen in the here & now.

Here and Now Post – reposted:

From our first person point of view, what is happening is always in the present time.
What we think and feel about the future; the past; or somewhere else is actually taken place in real time where we are.

I am not saying that nothing is happening elsewhere other than where i am.

Its the here/now lenses that i perceive the future; past; and far away that is happening in the here and now.

Our thinking mind allows us to reevaluate the past; anticipate the future ;make rational judgments on whats happening elsewhere.

This all fine and healthy. along as we realize that all are feelings are of the moment towards the formulated thoughts in our heads of the past, future and elsewhere.
If we forget this realization we can fill are lives with unnecessary, guilt, inhibition, angst and arrogance.

Zen meditation brings me to real time sensing. Simplifying. I can allow my self to let go of the unnecessary baggage and clutter of my cognitions. I learn through living, by experience . with full body in the here and now.

previously posted Pennsylvania Echoes:here and now

A definition of being (or Zen true self) includes the present action (including doing and cognating) of a subject (eg. a person or organism). I am walking… I am remembering… I am talking…, I am anticipating…
The “Here and Now” is the  circumstance. It is that meeting place joining being to the always changing world.


Time is, in my estimation, fascinating concept. Time from, a first person point of view, is the consciousness of change.

Dali – surrealism

Time is not something we can hold in our hands or literally see.  As  we engage in observing  phenomena  change in displacement, position  and appearance in space,  we can measure these events over graduated increments.
Time is a rational organization of  observed changes in nature .

In Physics If we  study an   Event , such as a ball rolling from point A to B: We measure speed as {the change of position as the ball moves from A to B} divided by {increments of time} .
{distance}  divided  by {time} equals speed.
Divide the {change of speed}  by  {increments of time} and  we  get the acceleration of the ball moving from point a  to point b.
{distance / time} divided by {time}.
In fact many  rates  and  rates of change we measure, in physics, math, and economics are per unit of time.

Whats fascinating to me about time  is ,  although it  is dependent on something that is changing or happening in spatial dimensions:   Time, at its basic, is an conscious experience of change in nature. Time is measure of mind connected to matter… abstract to concrete. the simple equation of  speed D/T   or displacement/ time (increments of observable change.)
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Alan Watts talks the human game (revised)

Alan Watts speaks of  human game , where he states much of our anxiety is our temporal interpretation of a “universe at play”:

video (with background  music )posted at Youtube by Mrdandylionfave.

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Daily Affirmation Poster Updated

Today, Right Here, Right Now

I am feeling _________________________
I am really good at _________________________
I value most of all _________________________
I feel anxious about __________________________
If i had one wish, one thing that
I’d like to see happen it would be______________

I check my head , I check my breath
And I know everything will be alright.

Fill in the blanks.

the origional version I made of  poster like this …on a post where I boasted my Stewart Smalley like, “the- joy -of- the-therapy” attitude towards mental wellness… well that poster had a typo.
So I’ve posted again a new  “grammatically correct” version, and one with pleasant background, hopefully you won’t nod off. So that make two new posters, yes two.

click on the icons above, and if wish to download them right click after that.

breath, existing, and contact

According to one thread of existential thinking, a person exists by separating “self” from “other”; and connecting and integrating ‘self “and “other” in his environment.
The meetings of difference of self and other is called contact and its process is where living takes in the present centered moment.

I ask myself:
What better method is there developing awareness of “contact ”boundary interactions between “self and “other”, than Zazen or Zen meditating?.

In meditation: one begins sitting, breathing naturally, and simply being whole,
Letting go of the the “shoulds”, “should have” and “might have beens” which are imaginary places in ones mind,
and become what is …in the here and now ; mind and physics together as one.

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