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Maya Making: Lessons from a Post 9-5 World

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“There is no place in this new kind of physics for the field and matter, for the field is the only reality”  – Albert Einstein

I used to believe institutions, and society as a whole, would help me gain perspective and create meaning in my life.  They would define the limits of possibility, and provide the rules and principles I would need to be fulfilled, grow, and prosper.

How long have I been sleeping on that bed of nails?  ...

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The Intellectual Integrity of Commitment

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Drinking coffee with friends, I loved myself dearly.  We all did really.  We would talk for hours about the meaning of life, referencing Kierkegaard, Camus, Dostoevsky, or any number of courageous thinkers we admired.  And I remember looking upon issue after issue with cool detachment as if I were a scientist observing what I saw from a microscope.  We’d examine different schools of thought and discuss their positive points and subsequent weaknesses for hours on end.  And while this experience ...

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The Art of Science

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“I don’t give a damn for a man who can only spell a word one way.”  – Mark Twain

It’s easy to lionize art.  The mere mention of it conjures up images of freedom and creativity.  Science…not so much.  And yet, both science and art are essential.  Each gives life to the other.

Many moons ago, medieval mapmakers depicted dragons on the far edges of their maps. Hic sunt dracones (“Here be dragons!”), they warned.  Now that’s one hell of a ...

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New Moments

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Everyday, in my line of work, I wake up and judge myself by a number.  When that number is elevated, I get this feeling of safety, control, and permanence.  It washes over me like a warm bath.  But then a new day comes, and who knows what it brings.

On the surface these moments happen once a day, when in reality, they’re occurring all the time.  They serve as a constant reminder of change, and at times, I drive myself crazy ...

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Going Further

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Charleston happened slowly, like a trip to the DMV.  Nearly 14 hours in and my family is defeated by traffic, fried apple pies (they used to be less painful on the stomach when I was younger), beef jerky, and an exciting vacation that had run its course.

At the stroke of midnight I decide to pass the time with a good ole fashion game of “I think I can”.  No need to pull in for the night.  I knew I could ...

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The Problem with Planning

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Questioner: “Is not gradualness the law of life?”

Maharaj: “Oh, no.  The preparation alone is gradual, the change itself is sudden and complete.  Gradual change does not take you to a new level…  You need courage to let go.”

Questioner: “But I need time to collect my courage…to ripen for action.”

Maharaj: “The entire approach is wrong.  Action delayed is action abandoned.  There may be other chances for other actions, but the present moment is lost – irretrievably lost.  All ...

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