Tag: inner journey
Two-bit Guru | Knowing is Not knowledge | Photo of Dave meditating

In my last post I ventured into the fascinating area of science on the edge, either the edge of discovery or the edge of foolishness, depending on one’s point of view. In this post I’d like to delve deeper into on-the-edge, not in relation to the material world but rather in relation to the inner […]

With all the gloomy events and prognostications in the world today, it is immensely refreshing to hear Nic Marks sharing his research and his thoughts in this TEDtalk, “The Happy Planet Index.” Marks cites five things to do to be Happy: Connect with other people Be active Take notice of what is going on in […]

Two-bit Guru | Beyond the Physical | Photo of the full moon, with a few clouds in the night sky | dark, light, tree, branches, shine

An awesome amount of material has been written in recent years about the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of meditation. I know from personal experience that such benefits do accrue to those who meditate. As marvelous as these benefits are, there are aspects of meditation even more wonderful that transcend material existence, going beyond the […]

Two-bit Guru - Finding your life's purpose - Photo of red sky and trees at dusk

If “Where is the toilet?” is the question most often asked by all human beings in all times, everywhere, then the second most popular question must be “Why are we here?” Not “here” looking for a toilet but ”here” on this planet looking for meaning in our lives. I do believe I have come upon […]

“Who gives a rat’s ass which side of the brain is functioning, as long as the dang thing is making us happy?” ~Two-Bit Guru. A few weeks ago on my Friday Link List I linked to the video above, a fascinating TEDtalk by the neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor. The gist of Ms. Taylor’s story was […]

Meditation is breaking out all over. Doctors are meditating and advising their patients to meditate. I advised my own doctor about meditation years ago, and now he’s advising his other patients. Knowledge of the physical and emotional health benefits of meditation is widespread, and becoming more so. Lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, reduce anxiety, […]

  We often speak of our life’s path as though it runs in a straight line, or possibly that it’s more like a meandering lane. Looking back I have come to realize that my path hasn’t been, and isn’t now, an easy target to define. When I drank beer, wine, and Scotch whiskey in my […]

On Thursday I promised that if you read my previous post to the end I would tell you how to overcome the Obstacles to meditation. If you read to the end you noticed that I didn’t tell you jack squat because that was Part I. Just to clarify that I wasn’t lying. A common misconception […]

When I wrote about meditation in an earlier post, I didn’t mention the many possible Obstacles to keep you from your modest goal of becoming an enlightened forest monk by the middle of next week. Cripes, you’re just sitting there, aren’t you? How hard can that be? Very hard, unless you read this to the […]

In the last post I wrote about lists as programs for our lives. The source of lists, as it was presented, is the conscious mind. There’s a whole ‘nother way of looking at it. Part of the joy of meditation lies in both the feelings that manifest and in experiencing the subtle energies that rise […]