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How to cultivate awe, appreciation, and creativity.

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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few”

-Shunryu Suzuki

Aging, like many things in life, is a double-edged sword. No, I do not mean the physical aspects of aging, as frustrating as that can be. Instead, I mean that the psychology of aging — how the brain’s pattern recognition systems evolve — comes with pros and cons.

These are the categories and heuristics that we form and continually update in order to understand reality. …


Why we should all have fewer opinions.

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“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment”

-Rumi

In the age of social media, sharing our opinions with others is easier than ever. And emotionally charged subjects, such as politics, fuel our desire to get those opinions out there. We want to join in and give our take on things — we want to feel relevant.

But opinions are tricky things, and we have to be careful. We don’t always understand how they formed and why we want to share them. …


Exploring what consciousness is and why it matters.

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“First, as far as consciousness is concerned, there is nothing, and then suddenly, magically, at just the right moment . . . something. However minimal that initial something is, experience apparently ignites in the inanimate world, materializing out of the darkness.”

— Annaka Harris, Conscious

How do you know if something is real?

It may seem like a silly question, an academic game for philosophers. But when you contend with the question more rigorously, the intuitive answers quickly evaporate leaving you wondering what is real and important in life.

We know that we do not see the world as it truly is because the fundamental constituents of matter are subatomic particles — quarks and electrons from which our macroscopic world emerges. …

About

Luke B.

Classical musician, passionate meditator, and co-host of the podcast and blog Exploring Kodawari. https://exploringkodawari.blog/

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