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Dialogs With My Teacher #60

February 14, 2011  Student: Under what conditions could death be characterized as a distraction? Michael: Death is merely a return to truth. But our interpretation of death is almost always a distraction to this offering. So I’d say that both avoidance and celebration...

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Wellbeing and Neuroscience

Thought this was interesting. Perhaps obvious, but interesting. Jock Gilchrist, The Review: Meditation has been a central component of religious traditions for millennia. Various methods exist, but it generally consists of quieting the mind to achieve a state of...

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Conservatives and Liberals Have Different Brains, Same Mind

Fine. Interesting. But best not to attach. Maybe the studies are correct and there are brain variences of statistical significance between the two ideologies. But it's all still just mind. ABC News ran this story about a recent meta-analysis of brain research (from...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #59

February 10, 2011 Student: My mother is dying and there’s all sorts of interesting and tragic family stuff going on. It’s amazing and heart-breaking all at once. So my question is: how might any of us deal most constructively with the loss of a loved one? Michael:...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #58

Feb. 8, 2011 Student: When we say that whatever is happening is the Universe expressing itself in utter perfection, isn’t this also a thought or story that we can cling to? Michael: Absolutely. That’s why we don’t stop practicing. We find that the deeper our practice...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #57

January 13, 2011 (#57) Student: If every single thing that arises is the Infinite seeing itself, what does that say about evil acts? Michael: Evil acts are the embodiment of individual or collective unconsciousness. They vary in degree, but they all are sourced from a...

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Esalen Debates Its Own Future

The New York Times offers this interesting story about how Esalen, as it approaches its 50th anniversary, is adjusting to the aches and pains of age. Is it still relevant? Esalen’s leaders say they are tweaking the institute’s balance between the personal and the...

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