To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. - Bodhidharma Well it seems they have found the spiritual spot in the brain. The recent discovery shows that "People with less active Me-Definers are more likely to lead spiritual lives" or in other words, the less self centered you are the more spiritual life you tend live. It's nice to see that science has caught up with what every major religion has been stating since humans began searching for meaning. I also like that the article states that the greatest silencing of this tendency toward "me" or self happens in deep meditation and prayer. So get on those cushions folks and fight the good fight, overcoming self so you can ease the suffering of others.
I first read Noah Levine's book Dharma Punx when Michele bought it for me as a gift several years ago. Shortly after that I had the opportunity of meeting Noah in the strangest of all places, a poker room. We spent a few hours sitting next to each other just talking and playing cards. We separated with the intention of some day getting him to OC for a Dharma talk. Most recently I ran into Noah when Michele and I were on our 10 year anniversary trip on the east coast. He was giving a talk in Mass. and we just happened to run into him in a little town called Lenox. It was weird. Anyway, I just ran into this video of Noah giving a Dharma talk in Juvenile Hall. Good stuff so enjoy. Who knows one of these days I might actually get him down here for a talk.
Lately I've been feeling the need to go spend some time in silent meditation over several days. I feel the need to recharge the batteries so to speak. Life will be getting a little crazy in January when Grad School starts on the 5th and after that I don't think I'll be able to get away anytime soon. Thankfully Michele has given me the green light to head back to New Mexico to spend some time in Deep Winter Meditation at the Upaya Zen Center during the week after Christmas. It's been over a year since I was there last. It's a very special place for me. I hope it all comes together.
Once again I was going to write this long post basically venting about how I'm a business owner and I will probably be facing the most difficult year of my career in 2009 and all I see around me are bailouts of people who bought houses they couldn't afford, Wall Street executives who couldn't follow their own advice and now 3 American car companies who ran their companies into the ground because they put out shit product...for years. And then I was going to talk about how this lack of accountability is part of a deeper problem in our society. And then I was going to mention that I know who's paying for all this, yep, the small business owner. But then I just threw my hands up in the air and said, "what's the point". Batten down the hatches my friends.. via
Today Michele and I drove down to Laguna Canyon to do some hiking. It was a quite the workout and quite scenic. Once you got to the top you could see the Pacific and Catalina and to the east the San Gabriel mountains. I needed that and I hope to do it again soon...after my legs recover.
Last night I ran up to LA to see my friends in Finishing School finish their final residency project Finding Joy at MOCA. After that I went to see a band in a club for the first time in forever. The Sea & Cake were playing at the Troubador and Capt. AKAK called me to let me know he had an extra ticket. And since I'm now doing some writing on a music blog I figured I better get with the 90's.Here's a vid of the festivities: Out on a school night.. from Dharma Bum on Vimeo.
Went down to MV today to have my first Physical Therapy session on my shoulder since the surgery. Fortunately my good friend Stacey is a DPT. Bu that doesn't mean she's not going to hurt you... Day @ The PT from Dharma Bum on Vimeo.
We will be moderate in eating. Reflecting wisely, we will take food neither for amusement nor intoxication nor for the sake of physical beauty and attractiveness, but only for the endurance and continuance of this body, for ending discomfort, and for assisting the holy life, considering: "Thus shall I terminate old feelings (of hunger) without arousing new feelings ( of having overeaten ) and I shall be healthy and blameless and shall live in comfort."