Attention Opens the Door

Themes: 
attention

Inviting the Miraculous

Assumptions regarding education are like coke-bottle glasses, thick and dense. How is it possible that an industrial-revolution structure remains appropriate for a post-technological global-brain where the mobile computer in your pocket has twice or five-times the computing power of the human brain, which is not far off? And yet, we still believe children in mass should be ferried to local knowledge incubators for six to seven hours a day, one hundred eighty days each year, and be inoculated with one to three homework assignments per week, taking fifteen to twenty minutes each, first through third grade - two to four assignments per week, lasting between fifteen and forty-five minutes each in fourth through sixth grade. Daft!

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education

The Belonging Hoax

Of course we need to belong. Life is relationship. The words abandonment, bonding and attachment rest on the primacy of belonging. The relatively new field of epigenetics, the way the environment shapes gene expression, molding the very essence of life to the ever-changing environment, demonstrates how important it is to belong. Belonging is a matter of life and death, and deep down, we know it.

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culture
parenting

A Simple Case of Mistaken Identity

You will not find a more distilled or concise description of our personal-global challenge:

Without bringing about order inwardly, psychologically, you cannot possibly have order outwardly. And the crisis is there. We think the crisis is national, economic, social and so on. The crisis is not out there! The crisis is really inward and we’re unwilling to face that.

J. Krishnamurti
with Michael Mendizza

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self image

Where do we go from here?

What follows is a synthesis of forty-years with J. Krishnamurti, David Bohm, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Samdhong Rinpoche and other mentors. The passion, clarity and hope that inspired these teachers etched deeply and took root. I see what I see standing on their shoulders.

Themes: 
parenting

Attention Opens The Door

Preface

Think of a pyramid with the wide base at the bottom. Biology and the sensory-motor brain are bedrock of our uniquely human experience and generate images of our physical relationship with the world; what we touch, taste, other senses and proprioception, how we move through the environment generating our present, immediate here-and-now experience. Resting on this base is the limbic, relational-emotional brain, producing what we call emotional-images or feelings of how we are doing inside as we experience what is outside, which is influenced by a much wider memory net. And way on top, the very tip of the pyramid, is the neocortex, what we think and imagine, a highly abstract image making system with vast access to past memory and an unlimited ability to project, imagine, forward. The entire system is built from the immediate concrete to greater and greater degrees of interpretive abstractions, thought and imagination being totally conceptual, fabrications, illusory. Once opened and developed, this capacity to imagine produces internal images that are so powerful that they trick the limbic and sensory-motor brains into reacting to what is imagined as if it were real, independent, and actual, meaning that the entire system assumes that what is being imagined is ‘real,’ and not just an image.

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attention

Distracted by Design

We are living in strange times but nothing that we are experiencing was not warned about long ago.
We are just too busy, distracted by design, to notice the persistent patterns.

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media

Can you feel my heart sing?

All we want is to touch, to be touched, closeness, to feel attunement, acceptance, and that deep feeling of shared wellbeing with others; love, bonding, safety, play and peace. That is really all there is to it. Not feeling this, we crave what is missing like an addict craves the next fix. What we call thought and thinking, being abstractions, create explanation after explanation for the hunger, which is somewhat like eating the menu for lunch. The truth is, our bodies live in the present moment, as a constantly moving state of changing, ebbing and flowing, a dance of vibratory resonances.

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parenting

Of Course the Predators Ate Him

Fight-Flight is a fear-startle reflex emerging deep in the sensory motor brain, the so called ancient ‘reptilian’ brain. The pursuit of egotistic gratification turned predator, sexual or otherwise, is not fight-flight, rather, patterns of violence embedded early in the formation of the ego or social-emotional self-image, what we generally refer to as ego.

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parenting
gender

Leaders not Teachers

Often, more than I like to admit, observing parents is like listening to a beginner play a violin that is out of tune. There’s harmonic-resonance when the adult and child are attuned. And then, there is what most think of as parenting and teaching: Watch out! Don’t do that. I told you to be careful. Don’t touch. Get over here right now. Not now. In a minute. How many times do I have to tell you? Are you listening? Hello!

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parenting

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