Category Archives: Awareness


on July 20, 2022 in Awareness, Exercises, Fitness, SIDCHAs

Different people define middle age differently, but having just turned 51 I think I’m in it by all definitions. Physical My first sense of my body physically declining came in my early thirties, when my potential to compete in ultimate began to decline. Before then, I always felt motivation to practice since I knew the next year my potential would be higher. After then, no matter how much I practiced,[…] Keep reading →

Two questions nobody has ever answered and what to do about them.

on June 25, 2022 in Awareness

How about a change of tone from my usual? Do you ever think about what consciousness is? Or why there’s something, as in the whole universe, rather than nothing? I don’t mean in some trippy way, or superficial like college freshmen talking about philosophy in the dorm hallway. These two questions, in various forms, have interested people since before history, but as best I can tell, no one has made[…] Keep reading →

Health and longevity of other cultures

on May 2, 2022 in Awareness

We tend to think we live in the most free, healthiest, longest-living, most egalitarian, most stable culture humans have ever had. In some cases, yes, but in others, it turns out otherwise. It seems we project onto other times and cultures what will make us feel better about our own. I like feeling good about myself, but an inaccurate view keeps me from improving my situation. I want to understand[…] Keep reading →

Do addicts get less of what they think they get more of?

on March 8, 2022 in Awareness, Freedom

I’ve noticed a trend in addiction. I wonder if anyone out there is an expert or knows. I tried looking up the pattern, but didn’t find anything. Have you heard of the pattern? The pattern Every addiction involves a pleasure. Gambling makes some people feel like a winner. Alcohol makes some people feel social. Social media makes you feel connected. Sugar tastes sweet. Heroin makes you feel euphoria. Each pleasure[…] Keep reading →

How to stay not depressed when living not how society tells you to

on March 4, 2022 in Awareness, Habits, Nature, Tips

Living sustainably is easy. All humans did for most of human history. Animals do it. Living differently than everyone else can be hard, even when you live how they want. People push hard against people who remind them they aren’t living by their values. Alison, the host of This Sustainable Life: Untethered, wrote to ask me how I handled the challenge around the time she wrote a post, The Diary[…] Keep reading →

There is an ‘I’, it’s just not who you think it is.

on January 31, 2022 in Awareness, Perception

Life poses two questions people have probably asked for thousands of years that I’ve seen zero progress in answering from any source: Why does reality exist? What is consciousness? Or, alternatively, why is there a sense of “me” or “I” that seems to exist outside reality? Regarding the first question, I can’t imagine any way of finding an answer using the tools within reality. It’s weird to ask or even[…] Keep reading →

Sustainability basics almost everyone gets backward, twisting them up inside.

on January 18, 2022 in Awareness, Nature

Things I’ve learned from experience: Apples taste sweeter than Ben and Jerry’s, though not at first. Broccoli tastes better than Doritos, though not at first. Exercise feels better than heroin, though not at first. Not flying connects you with family more than flying, though not at first. Eating only local foods in season gives you more variety and connects you to more cuisines than foods flown in from anywhere, though[…] Keep reading →

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