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The Relationship Between Organisms and the Environment

We have drawn a line in the sand my friends, of which we ourselves are but grains. If we can start to take note of the lines we have drawn between us and it, and see how transparent they are, we can begin to see through our insignificance and it’s deadness which are a result of such lines. We can become aware that we are more enmeshed with the environment than we are enclosed in it.

The Stream of Life

“Poker at its core is a game. In a way, the skilled poker player extends their hand to the entire game. When another player discards, this is just as valuable information as their own draw. There is less of a line between their own actions and the actions of the other players, they are of equal importance.”

The Impact of a Starry Night on the Human Soul

It is apparent that being human and looking into the distant universe has likely been a defining characteristic of what it means to be human on planet earth, even into the distant past I would presume. I was only disappointed I hadn’t seen it more often in life, as it seems an important reminder.

What Is Meditation?

Do not be discouraged if you find yourself not understanding what meditation is while you are practicing. Simply stop trying to match experience with a definition, what meditation ‘should be’ if what is said about it is correct. If you can be open to the idea that anything anyone has said or ever will say about meditation is not what meditation is. Congratulate yourself, because this is the beginning of meditation.

Is Death Bad For You?

We can’t imagine what non-existence is like. Blackness forever is a representation of the limit of our imagination. Even still, there are other ways to think about death because not everyone agrees that we no longer exist.

Why We Do Philosophy

Curiosity is a great quality to have in philosophy. It may have killed the cat, but it absolutely gave birth to the philosopher. Curiosity is an ever-open ended question with everything we don’t know. Just the knowledge that we don’t know everything is the greatest curiosity. It is a positive affirmation of an acknowledged negative and it is enlivening and instills wonder in our lives. It is one thing to not know something, but it is quite another to be aware that you don’t know.

The Present Moment

Many of us see time like a film scrolling “present moment” images at the speed of light. The issue lies with mistaking the present moment with the image in it. When seen this way, we can remember these moments and really feel it is somehow another moment than the current one. While watching television, we don’t say it’s a new screen when someone changes the channel.

Prayer Through Action

We acknowledge that we have to meet life half-way. It is unconscious by means that this “half-way” we give, is merely our every day life, and nothing special. It is only in hind-sight that we realize there was another half also working with us which we did not take part in. Which is what makes it special.

Koans: Riddles in the Zen Tradition

Zen koans often end with a perfectly ridiculous resolution to a problem accompanied by, hopefully, the unexpected awakening of a monk. Don’t we all love a nice wholesome happy ending?

Where Does Our Philosophical Authority Lie?

It could be argued that we have sort of been drugged into taking a view which benefits others than ourselves and we no longer have autonomy over our own minds. This is not the case however. The mind is beyond our understanding and we often take it for granted.