“Great peace of mind is realized only in the practice within this unpeaceful mind,” [Kodo Sawaki] says. The peace you seek is already there. Peace and silence is the ground upon which your noisy unpeaceful mind rests. It’s there underneath all of the noise. And it’s far bigger than the noise, the way that the planet Earth is much bigger than you who are sitting on it. -- Brad Warner, "Peace of Mind," 17 Sep 2019 Photo credit: "earth," Beth Scupham, 2012.
OK … attention all hands … this is your Skeptic-In-Residence … secure from general quarters … weapons cold … set condition green … stand down from DefCon 2 … secure from silent running … rig for “noisy running” … crisis over … exit your respective undisclosed locations and resume normal duties ... move the hands of the Doomsday Clock back from two to ten minutes before midnight … Back in October of 2018, I published a “Skeptic’s Collection” column about the misgivings I have entertained for the past 20 years about the verdict we, the jury, returned in a criminal trial for a man charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Since then, I have done some research about the precise requirements of the drug possession laws of Washington State – see also this -- and wher
Whatever the problem, compulsively thinking about it doesn't help. It seals your fate. – Shozan Jack Haubner What are you noticing about thinking too much? Photo credit: "Think!" Yudis Asnar, 2007.