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May 22, 2020  

COVID-19 and Spirit


“Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.”
― Gore Vidal

Maybe all parasites feel entitled to their hosts. You wouldn’t feel entitled if you were at a loss whenever you went out of balance, you’d recognize your role. I’d like to say this virus experience will teach us something about our own parasitic relationships.


I’ve created a guided visualization called Spirit and Reason that explores what we know in order to find greater peace in the state of not knowing; to be more settled, quiet, and relieved in both the immediate present, and with regard to existential questions, also.

This piece, COVID-19 and Spirit, is an introduction to that piece, Spirit and Reason.

"Our imagination is struck only by what is great; but the lover of natural philosophy should reflect equally on little things."
— Alexander von Humboldt

To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

April 10, 2020  

Poor Sleep is an Addiction


Your sleep problems are in your mind, but, if you're like most people, you don't want to hear it.

Everyone appreciates good sleep, but few people will put themselves at risk to get it.There is something subtle going on here because sleep is something which you work toward indirectly.

Good sleep is a consequence of certain habits, just as bad sleep is. The habits are cognitive, they pertain to how you think. Thinking habits are the root of all addictions

In this piece, I make the argument that you must view your sleep problems as an addiction. I have a solution: my book and my online course. You can find information about the book and the course by clicking here.

To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.