Reminding Reminders Remain…

Last week I posted a blog about feeling down and about how I seem to be going through a period of depression. I’ve blogged a bit about it in a couple other posts recently (here, here, and here) and I mentioned it in briefly in an episode of my Podcast. I talked about how I […]

Maybe a “Reminder” is what we really need…

I use to see a counselor on a regular basis. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety for probably most of my life but, a few years ago things got really bad. I went through some pretty catastrophic life changes and I handled them poorly to say the least, and that’s only if you can say […]

Maybe I failed, maybe I needed to…

There’s a line in a song called “I’m Ready” by a band called Jack’s Mannequin that says “I wake up to find it’s another four aspirin morning and I dive in”. I can’t tell you the last time I actually heard that song but, this morning I could feel it. I felt that song, that […]

Today was a shitty day…

I don’t know what happened. I don’t know what went wrong or where I went wrong. The day felt like shit as soon as it began, maybe even before it began. I got up on the same side of the bed that I always do but, today, before my bare feet even touched the cold […]

Congruence…

So a couple days ago I posted a video on my YouTube channel called ” Curiosity, Authenticity, & Beginner’s Mind.” In that video I talk about how exploring your curiosities is an expression of authenticity and that this kind of authentic open-mindedness geared towards the exploration of wonder and discovery is synonymous with the Zen […]

Zen Teachers?

  So, I’ve been doing a lot thinking about Zen teachers, about what it means to have a teacher, about what a zen teacher even is, and about what it means to be a zen student, especially in our particular, modern, Western context or situation. So, let’s talk about that right now! I guess you […]

Abstraction, Production, and the Possibility of Cosmopolitanism

  Last week I wrote a post entitled “Nature, Nihilism, Nationalism, Morality, and the Existence of Superiority.” I’ve continued to ponder those same musings. I’ve wondered to myself “What is the actual value of ‘nationalism’?” This is at once both a genuine and a rhetorical question. (Here my thinking is both scattered an nonlinear, please bear […]

What to do When Something You Love is Part of the Problem?

The past year and a half of my life has been tumultuous at best. It has been the epitome of what Shakespeare defined as the “winter of our discontent”. It has been a time marked almost exclusively by loss and misfortune. I’ve lost my job,having been laid off twice. I’ve lost my home. I’ve lost […]

Night Shift

Here’s another poem I’ve been working on. It still needs work but, let me know what you think.   With each new day I awake to the dawning of a brand new yesterday. Tomorrow never arrives. No hope on the horizon, just the eternal recurrence of all that has already been. I am haunted by […]

Experiential Alterity…

  In the forward to his book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen writes that the objective of the text is to “stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that – ‘They themselves are the makers of themselves’ by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage” (5). Allen goes on to say […]