Archive for March, 2017

Every TV newscast starts with “Breaking News”

March 29, 2017

Have you noticed that every TV newscast these days starts with “Breaking News”?

Presumably, “Breaking News” means that something unusual and extraordinary happened. Something that requires urgent reporting and attention.

But it occurs to me that if everything is unusual and extraordinary, then that becomes the new norm. That is, the unusual and extraordinary become the usual and ordinary. It is no longer “Breaking News”.

So many different identities … who am I, really?

March 24, 2017

I am a New England Patriot’s football fan.

I am a technology evangelist.

I am Roger.

I am an avid reader.

I am a health buff.

So many different identities.

Are they who I am?

It’s fascinating how my mind (ego) defines itself by creating these various identities.

Imagine the chaos that would ensue within my mind if I could disassociate from all those identities. I have been told that the real me would emerge.

Food chemists … TV writer chemists?

March 17, 2017

Several years ago, someone wrote a book describing food chemists. Apparently, people in the food industry have discovered a certain combination of fats, salt, and sugar that makes people want to eat more and more. Good for the food industry. Bad for consumers.

It occurs to me that an analogous thing has happened with TV writing. There are some shows on TV that hit me with a huge emotional punch. After an episode is over my adrenaline is racing, the show runs through my mind over and over, and I have a hard time sleeping. And, …. I can’t wait to see the next episode! Good for the TV industry. Perhaps not so good for TV viewers.

Have TV writers discovered a way to write which causes viewers to crave more and more?

I spoke with a colleague about this and she referred me to these books and TED talk:

Made to Stick

Thinking Fast and Slow

Rory Sutherland

The greatest two lessons that I’ve learned

March 7, 2017
  1. Nothing that I do is important.
  2. My thoughts are not important.

Washing dishes is no less (and no more) important than anything else. So, I may as well treat everything with equal presence – give the same presence to washing dishes as to driving a car on an icy road.

Since my thoughts are not important, I no longer need to be consumed in my thoughts and emotions. I am free to simply observe (witness) my thoughts and emotions without condemnation.

These “lessons” at first seemed shocking to me, but on further reflection they are liberating.

Consciousness is the Universe looking at itself

March 4, 2017

The Universe is experiencing itself, for a brief moment, as a human being. It’s also experiencing itself, for a brief moment, as plants and animals. The Universe chooses, through you, to be conscious.
– Eckhart Tolle

Stop labeling everything

March 1, 2017

“It’s cold outside.”

“There is a bad pain in my lower back.”

No.

It’s not cold outside. “cold” is a label. There isn’t cold weather or warm weather. It just is.

There isn’t a bad pain in my lower back. The body just contains senses. “bad pain” is a label given to a sensation.

The problem with labeling everything is that there is an overwhelming temptation to turn life into a mental exercise rather than actually experiencing life — feeling and living the sensations and feelings.

What happens when we die?

March 1, 2017

Person: What happens when we die?

Eckhart Tolle: I haven’t gone through physical death yet. But I have gone very deeply, to what one could call death to identification with form [death to identification with the body, the mind, and the emotions]. So in a way, I have gone into that realm from where I can say and know that ultimately what we see as death is dissolution of form. The eternal in us, I know firsthand, cannot be touched by that [by dissolution of form].

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEUxg2GEivU