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The Art of Enjoying Life - The higher spiritual teachings are often more vertical than linear. They invite us to be enlightened right now rather than pointing to a goal in the distant future. The Eastern tradition of sitting meditation goes back thousands of years. The purpose of it is to stop our linear mind, which is constantly going in all […] The Art of Non-doing - If we look carefully, we can see that everything in existence is in motion, besotted with the will to become. This is particularly true for human consciousness. The human mind has become a reflection, even a caricature, of universal movement. While to be endowed with active intelligence is natural and positive, when we become subjugated […] The Neuroscience of Suffering – And Its End - “Do not pursue the past. Do not usher in the future. Rest evenly with present awareness” —Tibetan meditation instruction. It was 1972, and Gary Weber, a 29-year old materials science PhD student at Penn State University, had a problem with his brain. It kept generating thoughts! – continuously, oppressively – a stream of neurotic concerns about […] There’s No Way Out of Totality - When we look into a mirror, we see a reflection — an image, shapes and colors, a visual sensation―and we say, “That's me.” But what we don't see is the seeing. We don't see awareness. We mistake an image or a sensation for what we are, and we overlook the boundless awareness or the presence […]