Alan Watts quotes that will change your perspective on life

Unwind the mind with these thought-provoking Alan Watts quotes. by MIKE COLAGROSSI Quotes on the immediacy of experience and life. Learn a Zen Koan or two and scramble rationalist thought. Ponder on the meaning of life with Alan Watts. To this day, Alan Watts’s impactful and wise words circulate through the culture. We find them in the many books he left behind, countless lectures and pop-culture references galore. Renowned scholar and teacher, Joseph Campbell once said of him: “The pomposities of prodigious learning could be undone by him with a turn of phrase. One stood before him, disarmed — and laughed at … Continue reading Alan Watts quotes that will change your perspective on life

Are You Bad at Breathing? These Gurus Think So

Shutterstock The average human takes 20,000 breaths in a day, but some healers say you’re doing it wrong. A peek inside the woo-woo world of breathwork, which Meghan Markle endorses. by Alaina Demopoulos Style Writer On a recent Saturday afternoon, dozens gathered at The Assemblage, a wellness-focused coworking space located off of Park Avenue. The fern-filled room was full of people who paid up to $350 to learn how to breathe. With most of the men in V-necks and women in harem pants, it was a scene worthy of Big Little Lies. Or maybe Midsommar. An electric violinist named Sage Rader emceed … Continue reading Are You Bad at Breathing? These Gurus Think So

Against ‘natural’ parenting

Children at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria, England, in 1972. Photo by Bruce Dale/National Geographic/Getty We’re opportunistic, inventive and flexible animals, and there is no ‘natural’ or ‘right’ way to bring up our children by Olga Mecking is a blogger, writer and translator. Born in Poland, she lives in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. Edited by Pam Weintraub Motherhood has never felt natural to me. I wasn’t very good at understanding my babies’ needs or what their cries meant, something that other parents seemed to know without giving it too much thought. ‘She’s just tired,’ they … Continue reading Against ‘natural’ parenting

A society’s cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks

Credit: CC0 Public Domain by University of Pennsylvania It’s unlikely that someone born today could independently think up all the necessary steps it would take to send a rocket to the moon. They would need to learn from those who came before them. “There are so many things you would need to learn, engineering and chemistry and astronomy,” says Marco Smolla, an evolutionary biologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biology in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. “It’s the ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ idea.” Individuals can innovate, coming up with their own ways to advance a society’s knowledge, but, … Continue reading A society’s cultural practices shape the structure of its social networks

Awakened by Beauty

Photographs by Michael Kenna / Trunk Archive A Zen priest and scholar considers the role of aesthetics in a renunciant tradition. By Kurt Spellmeyer, Photographs by Michael Kenna Beauty has always been for Buddhism an intractable koan, a conundrum it has never quite resolved. To most of us, a life without beauty would seem scarcely worth living at all, and yet the dharma has kept it at arm’s length for the last twenty-five centuries. With any other subject that matters now—ethics, politics, gender, neuroscience, and the environment—Buddhism has engaged fearlessly, the resulting dialogues producing an array of concepts and paradigms that … Continue reading Awakened by Beauty

Marxism and Buddhism

Buddhist monks receive alms in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo by Chris Stowers/Panos Life is suffering, whether you sit under a Bodhi Tree or stand with the workers. But do the two schools agree on the remedy? Adrian Kreutz is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and a foreign cooperative researcher at Kyoto University in Japan. Edited by Sam Dresser Marxism and Buddhism might not seem to have much in common. The former is a materialist socioeconomic theory conceived by a 19th-century bearded guy from Trier in Germany, while the latter is a religion originating from … Continue reading Marxism and Buddhism

THE COSMIC JOKE BEHIND HUMAN GENETICS

by Bruce Lipton, Uplift Waking Times There is a “thing” I refer to as Universe Humor, others may refer to it as a Cosmic Joke. There have been times in all of our lives when we thought we knew exactly how some event or incident was going to turn out. We could be so convinced that we “knew” what was going to happen, that we would have bet the family farm and the kitchen sink on the outcome of the event. It is at moments like this, when the Universe surprises us by taking a left turn instead of a right. While … Continue reading THE COSMIC JOKE BEHIND HUMAN GENETICS