“Relax! Take it easy.”


We hear this often enough. These days it probably sounds like good advice. Yet behind it is a troubling assumption. One that touches on how we keep running in circles, returning to the same traps again and again. We confuse ease with relaxation. What does it mean to be relaxed? The term appears to point… Continue reading “Relax! Take it easy.”

Imagine we had a compass…


This thought experiment came to me while out sailing with a friend. What if we discovered that our boat has a compass? What if we had no idea what it was, or how it worked? There it sat. And, at times we would notice certain apparent coincidences. Certain alignments with other things we were familiar… Continue reading Imagine we had a compass…

Drowning in facts


You might say we're drowning in facts. We have enough information before us to come to valuable conclusions concerning how we're trapped in a vicious dynamic that can have no happy outcome. A dozen times a day we can realize how a particular institution or corporation is acting to further destruction. And…? We click on… Continue reading Drowning in facts

Learning how to see


If we have relatively good eyesight it's easy to think that's all we need, "I know how to see! Just open my eyes and look!" One of the first lessons from learning to draw and paint was that I had no idea what was involved in seeing. Not just that I was lacking techniques useful… Continue reading Learning how to see

There Is a Gulf Between Foraging and Mining


There is a gulf between two attitudes and ways of working that can be described by looking at the distance between foraging and mining. When we forage we gather what we need. We also limit our effort. If a spot is too resistant to our efforts; if what we're after is scarce; we move on.… Continue reading There Is a Gulf Between Foraging and Mining

Out of the Depth of Our Numbness


Once we begin to recognize what it feels like to be alive it can still be a shock to acknowledge how much of our lives is spent in circumstances that are dead and threaten to engulf us once again in the numbness we've just begun to leave behind. But, if we fail to let this… Continue reading Out of the Depth of Our Numbness

The Politics of Nostalgia


As any hope of an actual break with business-as-usual fades into the heat and glare of a summer in which discontent does not lead to action to address its causes; but becomes nothing more than a nuisance of disaffected noise signalling on both sides of our political theater that everyone – with the strongest push… Continue reading The Politics of Nostalgia

By the time…


By the time we add in the complications and machinations of media it is damn impossible to know what is going on. Some call it Marketing 3.0…. How do we keep from being fooled by perception? We must begin by understanding how weak perception is at providing us with enough dis-ambiguous clues to figure out… Continue reading By the time…

The Space We Need


Art school was where I learned that success was a trap. How limited my teachers were. Experts. Hemmed in by reduction. It would take thirty-five years for this to sink in. Not surprising if you consider the trajectory of the intervening decades, beginning with the height of their positions at the time. The accumulated authority… Continue reading The Space We Need

There’s no freeing the mind without respecting the limitations of the body.


"(Taoism) isn't a process of learning more facts or greater skills. It is the unlearning of wrong habits and opinions." — Alan Watts It's not just the Singularity Boys who get this wrong…. What is unlearning? This question has taken a lot of sitting. Resting attention on a feeling that something's missing. On the tip… Continue reading There’s no freeing the mind without respecting the limitations of the body.

Ends and Purpose


Division rears its head at every turn. How do we distinguish without dividing? There is a difference. Quality cannot be perceived without some way of making distinctions. It's what we do with these perceptions that either clarify our relation with what-is or lead us to divide our selves and reduce everything to a set of… Continue reading Ends and Purpose

Drawn to Create


Drawing has a series of definitions. We tend to think of drawing as a form of representation or even simply a notation. It is also a physical act. Not only does the artist draw a line. The archer draws a bow and a blacksmith draws metal. Let's look into this kind of drawing. It forms… Continue reading Drawn to Create