Photo by zela_w http://tricy.cl/2eaQ0Vn Meditation tips for procrastinators and perfectionists By Kate Johnson It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the resources you need. Join here. I’ll just get a cup of tea first. Maybe sip it slowly, look out the window. Oh, … Continue reading Calming the Not Now Mind
ILLUSTRATION BY GÉRARD DUBOISMARCH Your brain needs to forget in order to grow. BY FERRIS JABR We called them fairy rocks. They were just colorful specks of gravel—the kind you might buy for a fish tank—mixed into my preschool’s playground sand pit. But my classmates and I endowed them with magical properties, hunted them like treasure, and carefully sorted them into piles of sapphire, emerald, and ruby. Sifting the sand for those mystical gems is one of my earliest memories. I was no older than 3 at the time. My memory of kindergarten has likewise been reduced to isolated moments: … Continue reading This Is Where Your Childhood Memories Went
New York, 1955. Photo by Elliott Erwitt/Magnum In the postwar period it was understood to be the fundamental malaise of modern life. Why aren’t we ‘alienated’ any more? by Martin Jay is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman professor of European history at the University of California, Berkeley. His latest book is Reason After Its Eclipse: On Late Critical Theory (2016). Edited by Sally Davies The fear of ‘alienation’ from a perceived state of harmony has a long and winding history. Western culture is replete with stories of expulsion from paradise and a yearning to return, from Adam and Eve’s departure from the Garden of Eden to … Continue reading A history of alienation
“We too are made of starstuff.” BY MARIA POPOVA I have always been fascinated by transformation — the seemingly magical process, sometimes delicate and sometimes violent, by which a something becomes a something-else. This, perhaps, is why I chose chemistry as a concentration in my science-intensive Bulgarian high school. When I came to the United States for university, I was bewildered to realize that the college-level American textbooks of my high school curriculum were not necessarily a reflection of my teachers’ academic overambition but of the fact that high-school-level chemistry textbooks were simply a rarity bordering on a nonentity in … Continue reading Carl Sagan on the Enchantment of Chemistry, with Stunning Illustrations by Artist Vivian Torrence
Photo by David Malan/Getty It seems only logical: if A is better than B, and B is better than C, then A is better than C. Right? Not necessarily Larry Temkin is distinguished professor of philosophy at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His latest book is Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning(2012). Edited by Nigel Warburton Some parents urge their children to be the best in everything they do. They push them to be the best athlete, and the best scholar, and the best musician, and so on. Other parents urge their children to pursue whatever they are … Continue reading What’s the best option?
“If he who bases his hopes on human nature is a fool, he who gives up in the face of circumstances is a coward.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive,” Zadie Smith wrote in her spectacular essay on optimism and despair. Seventy years earlier, just after the close of World War II, another genius of the times addressed this predicament and its attendant question of what reimagining progress looks like as we behold the future from the precarious platform of the present. In November of 1946, … Continue reading Neither Victims Nor Executioners: Albert Camus on the Antidote to Violence
Photo by Céline Haeberly | https://tricy.cl/2F5qtp9 Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche explains how giving up the effort and starting fresh within a session of shamatha meditation can take the pressure off. By Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche It’s March, and that means Meditation Month is back! Our annual challenge to sit every day until March 31 is a great opportunity to reinvigorate your practice or get one off the ground. And you won’t be alone. With a new guided meditation video each week, a steady stream of helpful articles here on Trike Daily, and a Facebook discussion group where you can get in on the conversation with practitioners from all over the world, you’ll have all the … Continue reading Why Meditation Can, and Should, Be Simple