Dialogs With My Teacher #63

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ February 25, 2011  Student: How can the realization of stillness inform, say, a long-standing argument one person has with another? Michael: It depends. For the most part, two things …

The “You’re Not Special” Commencement

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What? I’m not special? This, from the Washington Post, is an excerpt of Wellesly High School’s most recent commencement address, delivered by David McCullough, Jr. (yes… it’s that David McCullough’s son). The whole speech, in context, is worth a read.   “Walt Whitman tells me I’m my own version of perfection! Epictetus tells me I have the spark of Zeus!” And …

Occupy Integral! As long as it’s really Integral.

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The Integral Movement fascinates me. At its most basic level, Ken Wilber’s work offers any of us on the path a map that helps us to look at our own spiritual development and integrates it with everything else in an evolving world. Hence, “Integral.” At its best, Integral clarifies our position in the relative realm when we begin to recognize the …

Dialogs With My Teacher #31

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ September 16, 2010 Student: I keep thinking that the mental stories authored by my ego are kinda’ like bullfrogs in that they’re always puffing themselves up to look substantial. …

Dialogs With My Teacher #27

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. September 1, 2010 Student: What is empathy? Michael: An impersonal gift of seeing someone totally. We could also think of it as the opposite of greed. Student: Makes sense. On …

Dialogs With My Teacher #23

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ August 10, 2010 Student: Your words during last night’s Dharma talk invited understanding but not with the mind, and I know this because I can’t remember a word you …