Archive for the 'Zen' Category

UNDERSTANDING THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS…

January 10th, 2018

As Picliucci begins to erect his scaffold for being a Stoic in the 21st century, he first focuses on two ideas: understanding the nature of the world and the nature of human reasoning: The theoretical framework of Stoicism is the idea that in order to live a good (in the sense of eudaimonic) life one […]

OH COME ON, DEVOTE 60 SECONDS A DAY…

January 4th, 2018

In his interview with Rachel Martin, Dan Harris remarks: People want to do meditation especially at this time of year—the whole “new year, new you” thing. But they feel like it’s just another thing on their to-do list that is further stressing them out, which of course defeats the whole purpose. My answer to this […]

RODENTS USE TREADMILLS, YOU CAN TAKE A WALK…

January 2nd, 2018

When I was in my early teens, and later in college, I had hamsters as pets. Anyone who has had a pet rodent know the scree, scree, scree sound of the exercise wheel to nowhere. Rodents never learn how to get from nowhere to now here. Humans can learn that lesson. The skill is recognize […]

THREE EASY PIECES TIPS TO STICK RESOLUTIONS…

January 1st, 2018

‘Tis the season and all that. Because I took a one-day retreat at River’s Edge last month, I’m now on the mailing list for their newsletter, The Edge. The January issue offers three tips for not setting yourself up to fail if you made any New Year’s resolutions. Eric Zimmer, writing in 3 Keys to […]

DO YOU KNOW WHO WHAT YOU ARE…?

January 1st, 2018

I’m a great fan of Oliver Burkeman and I’ve had this particular essay languishing in my Pocket file (which I cleaned out and deleted this morning) for a considerable time. That I found this piece on New Year’s Day is fitting. Below is an excerpt, but you really should read—and reread, as I plan to […]

REALITY… WHAT AN ILLUSION…*

December 30th, 2017

My personal definition of spirituality is how we emotionally deal with our personal reality. There is Reality and there is reality. The former is what Phillip K. Dick meant when he wrote in the short story I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon: She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality […]

DON’T KILL THE SNAKE, JUST AVOID THE PATH…

December 29th, 2017

I’m reminded of a scene from W—a movie I could not watch because I lacked distance—where Vice President Dick Cheney discusses whether or not a 1 percent chance that a salad might have been poisoned was a good reason to not eat the salad as a metaphor for sacrificing millions to the possibility that there […]

WHY HAVE ALL THESE INGESTION METAPHORS…?

December 27th, 2017

I’m not certain when magic pills became a thing, but they are ubiquitous in 21st century culture. Why do any kind of hard work like exercising, monitoring what and how much you eat, avoiding harmful substances like tobacco, alcohol or heroin, when you can just take a vitamin or a hit of Naloxone and keep […]

HEROES, ROLE MODELS AND THE SILLY FAMOUS…

November 26th, 2017

When I was in middle school I read a lot of young adult biographies. There was a whole section produced by the same publisher in the school library and I think I read most, if not all of them. I remember Thomas Edison, Booker T. Washington, Nellie Bly, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Marie Curie and […]

I HAVE EMBARKED ON A STOIC WALKABOUT…

November 25th, 2017

I received a birthday present from Oliver Burkeman this year: an introduction to How To Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy To Live A Modern Life by Massimo Picliucci. In his weekly column Consumed by anxiety? Give it a day or two for the Guardian, Burkeman wrote: The next time you’re consumed by anxiety—which, given […]

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE YOUR HORIZON…

November 2nd, 2017

In the process of doing a bit of blogcleaning, I came across this post from 15 March 2005. Gawd only knows what I was thinking at the time, but I decided to dive in anyway because the post was associated with—it appeared at the very bottom of my list for—Oliver Burkeman. Go figure. In addition, […]

PONDERING CALLIOPE’S NEMESIS, MY ASTARETH…

October 12th, 2017

I’ve had a copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Imp of the Perverse on my desk for several weeks. I came upon the story after reading an old essay by Oliver Burkeman: On being tempted by the call of the perverse. The piece is eight years old, but I recently finished reading Burkeman’s older essays […]

WE LABOR IN THE DARK…

September 10th, 2017

I finished Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perseverance yesterday and for the first time in many years, perhaps decades, I truly came across a new, for me, way to look at planning and goal setting. For most of my life I have relied on the wisdom of Charles Hobbs as recorded in […]

MY DAILY EXISTENTIAL CONUNDRUM…

September 2nd, 2017

A few years ago, when I moved from walkable Cleveland Heights (No. 6) to the unwalkable North Royalton (No. 108), I faced a challenge in my life. I was doubling the amount of gasoline I purchased each week because, where I previously dealt with drive times of 10-15 minutes to see my students, I suddenly […]

WHAT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS GONE THINKING…

September 1st, 2017

So, two weeks ago I went thinking to prepare for the beginning of the school year. My major challenge is that I’ve got an early start this year and I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings—even rising at 0330 which is my routine—to get all the work done that I like. The […]

ANNDDD, I’M BACK…

August 28th, 2017

A most fruitful week. Look for details tomorrow.

GONE THINKING…

August 21st, 2017

I’m taking a few days off. I will check email once a day and rest assured that any posts from Roldo will go up as usual. Go take a walk. Drink some coffee (or tea). Enjoy.

A MINUTE IS A MINUTE IS A… WHAT…?

August 20th, 2017

Here’s an experiment. Find a timepiece with a second hand (or a digital timer that counts seconds), sit down comfortably and at the zero-seconds mark close your eyes and subjectively begin counting seconds: one Mississippi, two Mississippi (or whatever trick you want) until you reach sixty and then open your eyes and see how many […]

NEVER TRUST ANYONE WHO HAS THE ANSWERS…

August 12th, 2017

When I was an undergrad at Ohio University during the Reagan years, I learned never to date psychology students because they seemed to be focused on finding cures for what ailed them. Oliver Burkeman, writing in his weekly essay This column will change your life for The Guardian expands my epiphany to include the authors […]

BEST DESCRIPTION OF PROCRASTINATION EVER

July 25th, 2017

Oliver Burkeman, writing in On being tempted by the call of the perverse for The Guardian, quotes a bit of Edgar Allan Poe on productivity’s hoariest demon: procrastination. Burkeman pulls only a few words from Poe but I was motivated to read the entire work—an essay-cum-short story titled The Imp of the Perverse. There Poe […]

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