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Breaking Cultural Molds

August 31, 2010

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“Bad habits are like chains too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.” -Warren Buffet I was having a conversation with my sister about the influences our environment and Mexican culture have on our lives.  It came up when we were talking about our exercise habits or lack of them.  The sad […]

Farewell to the Land Lovers

August 19, 2010

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Disconnecting from all the things that I see as harmful to myself and the world is going to take a lot of work and some new knowledge and habits.  This evening I cleaned out my pantry and discovered a lot of expired food items.  I don’t know why I kept them for so long.  My […]

The Break-In and Craigslist

August 18, 2010

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In an effort to “de-clutter” my life I have decided to start with my home.  This all began several months ago with common items that most people can do without: old clothes, unused furniture, and random gifts I never used.  I donated these items to charity and friends.  It was easy and very relieving.  It […]

Disconnected from What?

August 17, 2010

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Buddhists believe that you can only reach enlightenment through detachment of all things.  However, detachment does not mean indifference.  Detachment in Buddhism is associated with a determination to be free.  The “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhism are as follows: Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering/uneasiness in one way or another. […]

Materialism

August 17, 2010

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“Western nations are groaning today under the heel of the monster god materialism. Their moral growth has become stunted. They measure growth in dollars….American wealth has become a standard, rather than truth, kindness, generosity, love, sensitivity, and sharing the experiences of life freely and fully.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Reduction

August 16, 2010

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“Although I never imagined that material wealth alone could ever overcome suffering, still, looking towards the developed world from Tibet — a country then as now very poor in this respect — I must admit that I thought it would go further towards doing so than is the case. I expected that, with physical suffering […]

Information Age

August 16, 2010

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“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients.  Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” -Herbert Simon