Sacred Places

I spent a good portion of this past Saturday helping my wife with her small business.  She is a master baker and makes a variety of Mediterranean breads and desserts.  Her goodies are artisanal and high-end.  She sells them each Saturday at a farmer’s market located in Boerne, Texas, a town with a large German-speaking … More Sacred Places

Expanding Circles: Spiritual Exercises as a Bridge Towards Cosmopolitanism

As noted by the philosopher Aristotle, humans are ‘social animals’ who exist and thrive in communities. We have the ability to devise sophisticated institutions enabling us to co-operate with others across cultures and borders. We can see how interwoven our lives all are through the complex interdependencies in our economies, societies and in the natural … More Expanding Circles: Spiritual Exercises as a Bridge Towards Cosmopolitanism

Mindfulness and Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer

Much of our suffering and psychological problems we face are due to the fact that we are using ancient cognitive machinery to deal with the complexities of the modern world. Humans evolved though a process called natural selection in which genes that were best suited for their respective environments were passed on to the next … More Mindfulness and Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer

I’ve Been Doing Even More Thinking about Thinking

Not long ago, I wrote a piece about thinking that prompted lots of reaction.  After publishing it, my mind moved on to other topics.  Recently, though, like in the last couple of days or so, I started thinking about thinking again.  As you can probably tell, thinking is one my favorite activities.  We think for … More I’ve Been Doing Even More Thinking about Thinking

An Exploration of Martin Buber’s “I and Thou”

Martin Buber’s book “I and Thou” is an inquiry into how our relationships with others shape our reality. His main thesis, which runs throughout the course of the book, is that there are two different modes in which we encounter the world, namely through ‘I-It’ or ‘I-Thou’ relationships. Let’s take a closer look at these concepts in … More An Exploration of Martin Buber’s “I and Thou”

A Sense of Security

The other night as my mom and I were talking about Ukraine, my six year old daughter asked, “Are we safe?” It made me wonder – what is it that makes us feel secure? Locked doors,  guard dogs or gated communities? Enough money in the bank account that we could afford displacement? Physical health, strength … More A Sense of Security

God and Football

In this post I’m going to talk about the Divine. I use the word God but I intend it generally as in the God of your understanding. As my friend who is in AA has told me, often times a newcomer will come in to a meeting and say that they don’t believe that there … More God and Football

Finding My Way

Today, my aim is to engage in a little self-care.  I’m not sure how this is going to turn out, but I’m certain of my purpose.  I want to get a few things off my chest.  I want to look at myself in a kind of metaphorical “mirror” and write about what I see when … More Finding My Way

Terry Allen:  Writer, Artist, Musician, and Generally Cool Guy

I didn’t really have a topic in mind for this week’s blog.  I was running out of time, and then, miracle of miracles, late on Saturday evening, I watched Austin City Limits, a weekly TV program, run out of Austin, that features hour-long musical performances.  This week, they had a concert by Terry Allen and … More Terry Allen:  Writer, Artist, Musician, and Generally Cool Guy