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Humility

by DW Green — August 5, 2020

Humility is indicative of expertise, wisdom and maturity

The most important quality necessary for true growth and evolution is the practice and principle of humility. It is far less painful to voluntarily adopt a fundamental attitude of humility than to have it thrust upon oneself as the painful consequence of ineptitude. Despite its negative public and social image in some quarters of society, humility is indicative of expertise, wisdom and maturity. Because truth is the very bedrock and ultimate reality upon which humility is based, it is not a vulnerability in and of itself. Rather, humility reveals that the mind can only “know about,” and that it cannot differentiate between appearance and essence.

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For The Hot-Head

by DW Green — July 29, 2020

Anger is not impressive or tough—it’s a mistake.

“Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance—unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.”—Marcus AureliusWhy do athletes talk trash to each other? Why do they deliberately say offensive and nasty things to their competitors when the refs aren’t looking? To provoke a reaction. Distracting and angering opponents is an easy way to knock them off their game.Try to remember that when you find yourself getting mad. Anger is not impressive or tough—it’s a mistake. It’s weakness. Depending on what you’re doing, it might even be a trap that someone laid for you.Fans and opponents called boxer Joe Lewis the “Ring Robot” because he was utterly unemotional—his cold, calm demeanor was far more terrifying that any crazed look or emotional outburst would have been.Strength is the ability to maintain a hold of oneself. It’s being the person who never gets mad, who cannot be r...
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You Don’t Have To Stay On Top Of Everything

by DW Green — July 22, 2020

“I don’t know.”

One of the most powerful things you can do as a human being in our hyperconnected, 24/7 media world is say: “I don’t know.” Or, more provocatively: “I don’t care.” Most of society seems to have taken it as a commandment that one must know about every single current event, watch every episode of every critically acclaimed television series, follow the news religiously, and present themselves to others as an informed and worldly individual.But where is the evidence that this is actually necessary? Is the obligation enforced by the police? Or is it that you’re just afraid of seeming silly at a dinner party? Yes you owe it to your country and your family to know generally about events that may directly affect them, but that’s about all.How much more time, energy, and pure brainpower would you have available if you drastically cut your media consumption? How much more rested and present would you feel if you were no longer excited and outraged by every scandal, breaking story, and potential crisis (many of which never come to pass anyway)?

Read More – Letter from the President

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Never Do Anything Out of Habit

by DW Green — July 15, 2020

“Why did you do it this way?”

A worker asked: “Why did you do it this way?” The answer, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done things.” The answer frustrates every good boss and sets the mouth of every entrepreneur watering. The worker has stopped thinking and is mindlessly operating out of habit. The business is ripe for disruption by a competitor, and the worker will probably get fired by any thinking boss.We should apply the same ruthlessness to our own habits. In fact, we are studying philosophy precisely to break ourselves of rote behavior. Find what you do out of rote memory or routine. Ask yourself: Is this really the best way to do it? Know why you do what you do—do it for the right reasons.

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Pulling Us Away From The Things That Truly Matter

by DW Green — July 8, 2020

“Man is pushed by drives but pulled by values.”

Think of all the interests vying for a share of your wallet or for a second of your attention. Food scientists are engineering products to exploit your taste buds. Silicon Valley engineers are designing applications as addictive as gambling. The media is manufacturing stories to provoke outrage and anger.These are just a small slice of the temptations and forces acting on us—distracting us and pulling us away from the things that truly matter. There are other distracting sinkholes like gossip, the endless call of work, as well as fear, suspicion, lust. Every human being is pulled by these internal and external forces that are increasingly more powerful and harder to resist.Philosophy is simply asking us to pay careful attention and to strive to be more than a pawn. As Viktor Frankl puts it in The Will to Meaning, “Man is pushed by drives but pulled by values.” These values and inner awareness prevent us from becoming puppets. Sure, paying attention requires work and awareness, but isn’t that better than being jerked about on a string?

Read More – Believe And Trust

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The One Path To Serenity

by DW Green — June 30, 2020

The world is spinning, and we spin along with it—whichever direction, good or bad.

This morning, remind yourself of what is in your control and what’s not in your control. Remind yourself to focus on the former and not the latter.

 

Before lunch, remind yourself that the only thing you truly possess is your ability to make choices (and to use reason, intuition, and judgment when doing so). This is the only thing that can never be taken from you completely.

 

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Doing from Being

by DW Green — June 24, 2020

A threshold can only be accessed in awareness.

So I’m speaking briefly at a virtual book launch later today. The book title is Crossing Thresholds, a book of poetry, photography and inquiry, written by Amba Gale. The book is available for sale on Amazon!  My remarks….Hello everyone. It’s been an honor to work closely with Amba and her extraordinary team over the past several months! It’s been a new adventure. A journey taking place in new territory…the ground of bringing a self-published book into the world’s marketplace of literature.This unique experience has been a threshold crossing in and of itself. I realized that a threshold can only be accessed in awareness. In the moment, in the NOW. It’s a doing that arises on its own from Being the threshold. And Being in this thing and in all things in awareness is beautiful and magical. It’s an aliveness that has no bounds. So, thank you Amba for bringing crossing thresholds to mind and into my awareness.

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Personal Judgment

by DW Green — June 17, 2020

The ego just “loves” suffering a “wrong”.

Do you remember the 1978 novel The World According to Garp by John Irving? Later made into the 1982 movie starring Robin Williams. I loved the book. I like John Irving and Robin Williams. I also like eating waffles for dinner on Taco Tuesday.This has nothing to do with The World According to Garp. It has to do with the world according to the ego. Personal judgment is based on perception that is reinforced by belief and prior programming, all of which are held in place by the payoff of the negative energies of the ego. Holy moly! The ego just “loves” suffering a “wrong,” being the martyr, being misunderstood, and being the endless victims of life’s changing conditions. Consequently, it gets an enormous payoff—not only from the positionality itself but also from sympathy, self-pity, entitlements, importance, or being “center stage” in which the self is the hero or heroine of the melodrama. This explains a lot about why things happen in the world!

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Simple Kindness

by DW Green — June 11, 2020

Kindness increase’s one’s own true power without exacting any toll.

There’s much distress, conflict, distrust, anger, and fear, in America. And yet, there have been many examples of selflessness, heroism, courage, love and compassion during the pandemic. Same country. My prescription for the former is the root of the later. Kindness. Some might say that kindness is Pollyanna, naivete or even weakness. I disagree.Simple kindness to one’s self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all. Kindness produces no backlash, has no downside, and never leads to loss or despair. Kindness increase’s one’s own true power without exacting any toll. But to reach maximum power, such kindness can permit no exceptions, nor can it be practiced with the expectation of some selfish reward. And its effect is as far reaching as it is subtle.

Read More – Funny True Stories, Part 2

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What Time Off Is For

by DW Green — June 3, 2020

Take a day off from work every now and then, but not a day off from learning.

You deserve a vacation. You work hard. You sacrifice. You push yourself. It’s time for a break. Take a car trip, head to the mountains, or to a lake or to a forest or head to the beach—but tuck a book under your arm. Make sure you enjoy your relaxation like a poet—not idly but actively, observing the world around you, taking it all in, better understanding your place in the universe. Take a day off from work every now and then, but not a day off from learning. Maybe your goal is to make enough money so that you can retire early. Good for you! But the purpose of retirement is not to live a life of indolence or to run out the clock, as easy as that might be to do. Rather, it’s to allow for the pursuit of your real calling now that a big distraction is out of the way. To sit around all day and do nothing? To watch endless amounts of television or simply travel from place to place so that you might cross locations off a bucket list. That’s not life. It’s not freedom either.

Read More – Let’s Talk Relationships

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