October 18th, 2008
The New Yorker website has a short story in their fiction section by Irish author Roddy Doyle: Sleep.
It was the thing he’d always loved about her. The way she could sleep. When they’d just started going with each other, before they really knew each other, he’d lie awake, hoping she’d wake up, praying for it, dying. But even then he’d loved to look at her while she slept. There was something about it that made him feel lucky, or privileged. Or trusted. She could do that beside him, turn everything off, all the defenses, and let him watch her.
Good read — I love the opening (above).
October 10th, 2008
Martijn van Osch of the excellent blog Fresh Creation has written a nice article on 10 things he learned in his first five months of meditation.
1. Thoughts are not reality
I put this as the number 1 item on the list cause it had such a big impact on me. By doing meditation on a daily basis I learned to recognize thoughts for what they are: thoughts. Nothing more.
Looking back now, I spent an awful lot of time thinking about stuff that had happened in the past or about stuff that still had to happen. In the meantime I forgot to see the things that were happening now. Constantly I would be judging people, worrying about money, thinking about what others might be thinking… As a test: close your eyes and start counting your breaths from 1 to 10. Do this over and over and experience how many times you get ‘distracted’ by thoughts. That’s exactly what I mean.
Now, I’m not saying thoughts are a bad thing. I’m just saying that it’s a good thing to recognize which thoughts you need to be thinking about and which thoughts you don’t need to be thinking about. That alone makes your life a lot more pleasant.
Click here for the rest
October 4th, 2008
If evolution is a tool designed by a creator (or a system made possible by the elements provided by a creator), then evolution does not disprove God. It only disproves a god who is said to have designed everything on an individual basis.
Brent Anderson discusses these and other ideas in this neat little essay on evolution. This is part of a series of essays that shows Brent’s religious interpretations of science.
October 1st, 2008
Is it morbid to want one of these?
Clock Mecanism Slowed down 61320 Time. Each minute represents a Year