Head to head ➡️ 🧠 ⬅️

There are two people living inside our heads, one left brained and analytical and the other right brained and more free-flowing and creative. Together, they work in harmony. Of course, we also have a third piece of our brain that spaces out. Daydreams are moments that spark the foundation of new ideas, where the subconscious […]

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When illusion meets reality

How real is any of this, our minds continually intertwined with the screen of irreality. We can only be certain of what can see, surely. But the computer is an extension of our brain. Technology presents an alternative existence that replaces the status-quo with a broad range of possibilities. We are just beginning to see […]

Thinking, thinking!

People don’t like thinking. It’s painful. Like denoting page numbers, you have to get your brain’s cells to assemble in an attempt to establish some order. There’s a reason why there are so few philosophers and so many people attending entertainments. It is easier to sit back and play, to consume in our default setting […]

Bottoms up

Attention works like a loose gate. We can’t always control what information sneaks in, nor can we parse the data so it makes sense coming out. We grind away at the information life throws at us, some of it tangible and worthwhile but most it nonsense. Like a Google search, the stuff worth keeping is […]

The magic of disengagement

We practice and then we walk away. We get out of our heads and go for a walk, a swim, make a cup of coffee — whatever disengagement there is. Taking a break isn’t quitting. It’s letting neurons go to work without forcing them to. Competence comes without comprehension. Nature cuts though the intellectual. We’re […]

Melding minds with machines

“You could just think your query and download the relevant knowledge directly in your mind.” Forget Ritalin. Forget Google and Evernote acting as our second brains holding all the information we can’t. And instead, prepare for brain implants where mind melds with machines. We don’t even have to type, click, or touch anything. We just […]

Adults experience ‘a narrowing of the imagination’

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.” — David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

The body is a heavy bear

The body is a heavy bear. The mind is a heavy stone. We can’t duck our own presence, nor avoid our own answers. We know what we have to do. Anticipation enlivens us. Anxiety validates our heart space. Fight or flight, we are free to think as tenants of Earth, renting its oxygen. As Kipling wrote, ‘Yours is […]

Creativity: Faith in process, faith in rest

Your best ideas come when you’re not trying your best but when you’re not trying at all. Ideas hit you when you’re resting, when your mind is at ease. This is because the mind never shuts off. It’s always processing knowledge, thoughts, and experience even in a perceived dormant state. Says composer and playwright Lin-Manuel […]

Upgrade your human operating system

There is no doubt that the mind changes as it ages. You’ll be a different person in your 20s, 30s, and so on. For some, brain deterioration is genetic. While you can’t medicate mental problems away, you can upgrade your internal software by widening your perception and controlling your emotions to so-called triggers. The human brain […]

A crisis in boredom

Remember what it was like to be bored before the internet spread its wings of distraction? The newbies won’t confess. With everything available to them at their thumbs, they’ll never know a world where people once stared at walls for nothing. Magazines at the dentist’s office will remain untouched, replaced by the rectangular glow of […]

Thinking less to do more

Rhythm builds thoughtlessness. The work becomes more natural out of mechanical motion, doing without thinking. Employees can’t make one hundred sandwiches in a couple hours without silencing the monkey mind. The process of unthinking begets a chorus of action. Similarly, we can’t dribble a basketball nor soccer ball effectively while focusing on the mechanics of […]

At the mercy of automation

We move unconsciously through life at the mercy of automation. Plugged in, always on, absorbed in the energy of an internal lighthouse, blind to our own self-care. The human instant suffers from too much closeupness, leaving little time to zone out. Time runs deep between canyons. Water flows patiently over rocks. The urge to speed […]

The freedom of unforced attention

We end up aligning with nature’s intent. We see the world through the lens we grow up with. We are the products of our environment, the sum total of our existence. Yet, we can become a variety of human. We can develop an expanded toolset that includes others. We can shut off stray thoughts and […]