Category: Essays


Freedom Through Control

Having a predefined┬ábaseline of security allows your mind to walk through the unknown. CREATIVITY IN THE DESERT The sandstorm started to quiet down. Still sitting cross legged, I opened my eyes and looked straight ahead: my goggles were as dusty as my lips. I got up and started walking slowly towards camp. Or where I […]

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Insight (Vipassana) Meditation: Beyond Pain & Pleasure

  Up at 4am. Two meals per day. No talking, no reading, no writing. Hour after hour, one concern: to observe reality as it is, within the framework of your body. Through a ramification of events I found myself in the outskirts of Bodh Gaya, the village where Siddartha Gautama became enlightened 2500 years ago, […]

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Allowance for doubt

I saw one key pattern among almost all my graduate school teachers: a healthy allowance for doubt in all their statements. Intellectual humility strikes me now as a paramount quality of clear thinking. This is so far removed from the stereotypical overconfident bright person peddled in all media. Thoughts are nothing personal. They are just […]

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Air, Rocks & Diamonds

As a human being you were born with a hidden compulsion. A transparent inclination, like your constant breathing. Most people spend their whole lives without noticing it. I call it the compulsion to fill voids. When we encounter stretches of silence in conversation, a lightweight suitcase, or a big plate in a buffet… something inside […]

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