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Who has loved

September 28, 2014  ·  Category: Individualism, Integral, Intellectual, Mindfulness, Personal

Who has loved with the ultimate depth, and actively given the object of your love back to the universe? Who has experienced that, through this gift, you transcend a broken heart? Who has found this path to having an unguarded heart? That you can fly without wings, fall without landing, hurt without closing, love without losing? To you, your love is my love. Our love is great love.

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura: The virtues of enlightened selfishness

July 13, 2011  ·  Category: Integral, Intellectual, Objectivism

A writer I've never heard of before, named Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, has a very interesting article titled "The Virtues of Enlightened Selfishness" that begins: The human being has two wings, the wing of universality and the wing of individuality, with which to fly above the earth and to soar into the heavens. The wing of universality grows in the awareness of selflessness, while the wing of individuality grows through the creation of selfhood. In this seeming paradox lies the secret of human evolution and of human happiness. To be universal is to be inseparably one, in the oneness of which there ...

Mudita Forum is now at Google Groups

Check out the new Mudita Forum, if you think you might be interested. The purpose of Mudita Forum is to provide a stimulating, thoughtful environment for discussing Eastern consciousness-raising practices — such as meditation, mindfulness, and the cultivation of presence — while using Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism as a basic philosophical frame-of-reference. The old group got lost when I was changing servers a couple years ago, but recently I've been contacted by new people wishing to join. My hope for the new group is that it will be much like the old one: low-volume, high-quality, and stimulating on many levels. I sent invites ...

You know that guy who proseletized me with a Bible? He was a good man.

February 17, 2009  ·  Category: Integral, Intellectual

Thanks to Andrew Schwartz for bringing this to my attention. Very good stuff. I like it when people can understand one another despite having very different beliefs; and Penn's commentary here is an excellent example of that.

On keeping our heads, and hearts, this election season

September 6, 2008  ·  Category: Buddhism, Current Events, Integral, Intellectual, Politics

I received the following from a new reader, Andrea Pflaumer. She offered that I could publish it here for Mudita Journal readers, and I'm delighted to take her up on the offer. For the next two months we can expect the airwaves and blogosphere to heat up with negative rhetoric on both sides about the candidates. That is, unfortunately, the way things are in the world of politics today. But I want to focus on something much bigger. If we all just step away from the drama for a minute I think there's an awful lot that we can ...

On appreciating military service, even in Iraq

May 8, 2008  ·  Category: Integral, Intellectual, Politics

In response to Joe Duarte's rant against serving in Iraq in order to promote American freedom -- "The idea that Iraq was ever a threat to Americans' freedoms is both hilarious and revolting..." -- I posted the following. I don't recall anyone arguing that Iraq was a threat, but [see correction below] I certainly remember some extremely articulate arguments to the effect that installing democracy in Iraq could, over the long-term, have a significant effect on reducing the growth of terrorism. Not because Iraq itself was ever a hotbed of terrorism, but because installing democracy in a major country in ...

Liberal vs Conservative? Christ! Oops.

January 15, 2008  ·  Category: Individualism, Integral, Intellectual, Politics

If you struggle, as I do, with the nutty distinction between being considered "liberal" or "conservative" in modern America, you might share my enjoyment of this thoughtful post by Patrick Stephens. In fact, Patrick's discussion here, and his weighing of the various positions, strikes me as one that comes squarely from a second-tier perspective (in the Integral / Spiral Dynamics model of human development). ...Which already says a little bit, politically, if you're familiar with that model. After reviewing some very sensible arguments from those who are uncomfortable with both of the labels "liberal" and "conservative" -- as well as their ...

Creativity Coaching for Musicians, by Andrew Schwartz

August 3, 2007  ·  Category: Integral, Music, Reviews

Regular readers of Mudita Journal and Mudita Forum are already familiar with Andrew Schwartz. I've enjoyed his contributions here for many years now, because he's one of those rare souls who lives and breathes the stuff of psychology, creativity, and personal growth. To my delight and hearty encouragement, he has begun offering his services widely as a therapist -- both as a personal coach and by providing creativity coaching for musicians. To be clear, Andrew has been working as a therapist and personal coach for a long while now. But now he's decided to offer his services to clients around ...

Integral Critique of The Secret

April 5, 2007  ·  Category: Integral, Intellectual

Writing for, Stuart Davis posts an interesting critique of The Secret, called The Secret: The Spirituality of Narcissism. Kathy and I have found aspects of The Secret (both the book and the movie) to be quite valuable, in our pursuit of understanding one's own mind. At the same time, some of Davis's criticisms sound spot-on to me. Pithy quote: The secret takes a statement like: Thought can influence reality and amplifies it to: "Thoughts create reality." Not just any thoughts, but YOUR thoughts. (By the way, are you a rape victim? I guess you created that reality with your thoughts. Was your family member killed ...

Do AQAL and Spiral Dynamics Really Help with Political Analysis?

August 11, 2006  ·  Category: Individualism, Integral, Politics

I enjoyed reading Matthew Dallman's brief critique of spiral dynamics (the first chunk of block-indented text on this page). I'm relatively new to the theory of spiral dynamics, but I too am beginning to wonder whether it actually leads to new political insights, or whether it inadvertently muddies the process of identifying more fundamental principles -- such as the non-initiation of force principle -- that deserve serious and abiding consideration regardless of what "color" may have first thunk it up. For example, am I the only person who thought the following analysis was a little too accommodating to the collectivist end of ...