Separation Anxiety


We're expected to, "Get over it!" In a time with few acknowledged initiation rituals this traumatic breaking of unity is almost universally accepted as a rite-of-passage. Why does separation – let's consider it in any and every form it can take. Why does it create anxiety? What does this say more generally about the violence,… Continue reading Separation Anxiety

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Discover, Find, and Gather


In Qi Gong, at least in the ad hoc mongrel form I practice, there are three opening phases in our relationship to Qi, to the life force. I do not approach Qi Gong, or anything in life, from within whatever might pass for a mystical view. I do not willingly bring beliefs to any confrontation… Continue reading Discover, Find, and Gather

A Conversation around Questions of Sincerity, Stone Soup


Andrew Taggart has become the first contributing author on Stone Soup. In his first post he looks at the story and responds to the skeptic's view. In the end he asks, "How can someone … avoid the fate of the con man?" I'd like to take a stab at that. I'd like to say the… Continue reading A Conversation around Questions of Sincerity, Stone Soup

from Intention to Attention


Intention gets in the way of attention. It begins an inexorable drift from what is, and finding ways to engage what is, towards building an edifice of will and illusion upon what is desired. There is a push to give intention primacy, "We intend, therefore we are!" Yet, before we have any intention, we attend.… Continue reading from Intention to Attention