Monday, July 21, 2014

Spontaneity

Spontaneity as a result of meditation practice. Meditation class talk.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mining Building

View from my classroom in the Mining Building. 
A perfect place for teaching Engineering Ethics. 
Beauty, design, and the implications of our actions.
All at once.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Who are We

Who are we? Golden rays of light moving around on the Earth's surface. Mostly, we forget how wonderful and wondrous we are. Sometimes we act in the worst of ways. But most of the time it is loving kindness. Don't forget that. Don't believe the news. We are creatures born of love, born to share millions of moments of kindness with one another. This is so. If not, we would not be here today.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Roots of the Golden Rules

The world's religions are rooted in experiences of cosmic consciousness. Often these experiences came after long periods of isolation and fasting. By looking at this common root, we can come to greater understanding of the unity within the diversity of religions.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Surprise

Everyday is a surprise
You wake up in the morning
And suddenly it's different from yesterday

Perhaps it's useful to experiment
with different ways of expression
in writing, in recording, etc.
Shake things up slightly
Be a little more spontaneous 
not so worried that the "English teacher"
is going to come by and grade you down
for using the "wrong" format for a word

Life and language and art
are infinitely wide open
Why close ourselves off so much from the ultimate sources of creation which we are reflecting in every moment of living with every breath?

Be not worried
Express yourself
Like a child again
All life evolved on this Earth as acts of creation
Some worked; some failed
and with what is called "natural selection" 
leading to evolution of consciousness
leading to technology
leading to this computer
leading to the extension of 
this mind
this moment
this expression
this little act 
this spontaneous
creation  
here and now

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Still Point of the Turning World

Meditation talk at Berkeley City College, June 24, 2014. Title of talk comes from a line in T.S. Eliot's "Burnt Norton" within the Four Quartets.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Grounding

We stand on the earth. But we might not be “grounded” – meaning that our heads are “in the clouds”. Mastery is when we are planted here and now in this spot. Rooted in place. So that we cannot be easily pushed over for others who are not being with truth. 

Grounding is a Qi Gong practice. Do the “horse pose”. It is fundamental. Stand with your knees relaxed. Back erect, comfortably, non-forced, yet straight. Your hands softly open and turned inward toward your belly. Arms extending outward a little. (Many variations on this pose exist!)