Category Archives: Awareness

The privilege of scientific ignorance

on August 11, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Nature, Nonjudgment

NYU, where I teach, is a stronghold of social justice activity, as is Columbia, where I went to school. Since before college I’ve worked on causes to promote equality along genders, skin colors, geography, sexual preferences, and more. I protested Apartheid, my government’s actions in Central America, and more. I work on the environment. The list goes on. The term privilege gets thrown around. Being white, male, and fit, the[…] Keep reading →

LeBron, Michael, and meditation

on July 28, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness

I did a three-day meditation retreat last month, meaning nearly no talking, reading, writing, internet, phone, etc for three days. The basic unit of meditation there is one hour sitting still, which we do 6 or 7 times a day while there. Barely moving for one hour, focusing my mind is hard, though I’m more skilled at it than ever, which is why I go to the retreat sometimes. It’s[…] Keep reading →

Why you should meditate

on July 26, 2018 in Awareness, Freedom, Nonjudgment

Of the many reasons to meditate, here is what I consider the most valuable. Say you’re a runner. Imagine if every time you ran, at random times, without your awareness, your feet just started running in a different direction than you wanted. And on top of that, your feet started kicking each other equally spontaneously, randomly, and unintentionally. Your mind does just that—no matter how much you want to focus[…] Keep reading →

Fitness is about the mind, intelligence is about the body

on July 24, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness

Fitness is about the mind After all these years, it finally dawned on me that physical fitness trains the mind more than the body. The body shows the results. I bet few fit people haven’t developed mental discipline. You might start working on the body, but you won’t get far without working on the mind. The physical work opens the door. I doubt many people who think fitness is just[…] Keep reading →

9 ways I’m un-American

on July 2, 2018 in Awareness, Nonjudgment

I love living in the United States, New York City, and Greenwich Village. I love our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I love that our culture produced people like Henry David Thoreau, Michael Jordan, Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Muhammad Ali, and Richard Feynman, and attracted others, like Albert Einstein. Our country has evolved since its entrepreneurial, revolutionary, freedom-minded, can-do origins. We pollute the air, land, water, and our bodies more[…] Keep reading →

How not to be hungry

on June 23, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Freedom

I like food. I don’t like skipping meals. Sometimes I can’t avoid missing them. Obligations arise and I have to do something for a few hours nonstop. Sometimes I know the only options are so disappointing, unfulfilling, or involve so much plastic, oil, or other things that will lead me to regret that I’d rather eat a big next meal than what’s available. Most of my life skipping a meal[…] Keep reading →

Life lessons from 1883 Montana

on June 20, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Visualization

People keep acting like I have some special discipline that most people don’t. They think the burpees, cold showers, avoiding packaged food, and so on take effort. They don’t. Creating a lifestyle where they are normal and easy took effort—a once-in-a-lifetime effort—followed by their being the default for the rest of my life. Almost no willpower or discipline needed. People don’t believe me. I think they find it easier to[…] Keep reading →

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