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Being Present in the Moment

July 20, 2010

On the ride up to RI at the beginning of my MINIs on Top trip, I popped into my CD player a series of CDs my friend Jason loaned to me two or three years ago:  it was a talk by Eckhart Tolle called The Flowering of Human Consciousness.  It was pretty good – both […]

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Weekend Update

April 19, 2010

This past weekend was a decent one.  I spent an inordinate amount of time sleeping.  Went to bed around 11:30 on Friday night, after getting out of work around 8:30, which precluded any trip up to the Adirondacks.  Got up around 1 or so on Saturday (yes, in the afternoon) and had to have my […]

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Yogis Fart Too

September 2, 2009

It’s about 60 degrees outside right now (it’s midnight), and I’m guessing it’s about 70 in my apartment.  The windows are open and the ceiling fan is on, but that’s not enough to pull in too much of the cooler degrees outside.  The kitchen floor (downstairs, tile on concrete) is pretty close to the temperature […]

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Non Sequiturs

August 19, 2009

So I walked in to Barnes & Noble tonight and asked the girl at the help desk if she could point me in the direction of the self-help section.  Her reply:  “Wouldn’t that be defeating the purpose?” Joke. I know full well where the self-help section of the B&N is – it’s like the section […]

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The Five Tibetan Rites

May 8, 2009

Yay Twitter.  Sometimes I see a link in someone’s post on Twitter that speaks to me, but I’m reticent to post here about it because I think the world already knows.  I forget how many people are on Twitter, and how many tweets happen each minute (a lot and a sh*t-ton).  So that’s as close […]

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“Dance Yoga”

March 1, 2009

The “Moving Energy” class was interesting.  It was in the main hall of a Presbyterian church not too far from me.  Big room, high ceilings, commercial loop pile carpet glued down over concrete on the floor.  Three-piece band in the corner (guitar, double bass (a.k.a. “standup”), percussion).  The band was pretty good; very relaxed and […]

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A Few Small Matters

February 27, 2009

WWRBD:  What Would Ron Burgundy Do? I know what you’re thinking:  Yes, I have a nickname for my penis.  It’s called The Octagon.  But I’ve nicknamed my testes as well:  my left one is James Westfall and my right one is Dr. Kenneth Noisewater.  You ladies play your cards right, you just might get to meet […]

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More on Meditation

January 21, 2009

Of the things that interested me about the study and practice of Zen were statements like “chop wood, fetch water, seek enlightenment”.  Statements that Zen is intensely practical piqued my interest.  I’ve stated before that I’m a Pragmatist (“do what works”).  I came to this conclusion on my own, through experience and study – but […]

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Sitting Zazen

January 20, 2009

I’ve read about many different forms of meditation: moon-walking, sun-walking, yoga, wall staring, zazen, etc. The books relating to Zen Buddhism I’ve read that have been written by westerners stress zazen as the sine qua non of Zen practice.  Zazen itself takes many forms (koan meditation, etc.), but the central idea is sitting still – which […]

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