Showing posts from July, 2013

Paging Sharee Desiree Caldwell

I'm looking for Sharee Desiree Caldwell, originally from Eureka, CA.

Sharee, if you are reading this, please contact me.

It's been a decade since we lost touch. I regret that we did. I wonder what happened to you. I've tried to find you, but to no avail. You seem to have disappeared, or at least created no online presence through which I could locate you...

The best way to contact me, to make sure I see it, is at the email address published here.

I hope that you still live, and that you are well.


How I learned to just be, and be happy

Edit: Retraction below.

A zen proverb says:

"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."

A naive reading would suggest this is awful. If everything is the same after enlightenment, it makes no difference! Why pursue enlightenment in the first place?

But it makes a tremendous amount of difference. Before enlightenment, you chop wood, carry water, and are miserable. After enlightenment, you chop wood, carry water, and are happy.

I recently came across Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. I can't necessarily say it's a book I'd suggest everyone to read. I think it has essential and important lessons that everyone should know, but the lessons are packaged in a new-age shrink wrap that I could personally take or leave. The way the ideas are packaged is hard to digest for a modern, science-oriented person. Some of the claims are quite preposterous, such as that practicing the lessons of the book will literally rejuvenate …