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πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Resilience – by Rick Hanson πŸ“š

I liked the book cover’s framing of resilience – in the difficult times that come up in life, I want more than to merely survive, I want resilience in order to be open to happiness.

The way that Buddhist meditation is being explored within the western, scientific approach to psychology is fascinating.

Recommended by secular mindfulness writers including Mark Williams and Ronald Siegel; but also Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg.

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☸️ A Whole-Life Path – by Gregory Kramer πŸ“š

This book caught my eye because I’d seen Gregory Kramer’s name on Dharma Seed, a website of buddhist talks by western dharma teachers. I saw the introduction was by Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well respected Buddhist scholar whose translations of Buddhist dharma I had read often. This evidence of depth of practice combined with the intention to apply it to everyday, modern life was a winner for me.

The intention is to apply the Eightfold Path to our frantic lives. Gregory describes the Eightfold Path as an intentional path, that counteracts the usual ways that our lives are formed, but he says that we (lay practitioners) don’t tend to use the path as an always-on engagement.

❝ When we dabble in the teachings, we can experience a fraction of its liberative power, but not enough to fully escape from the body-mind’s relentless habits or offer our highest gifts to a suffering planet. To bring about the profound shifts we aspire to, both within ourselves and in our world, we must bring the teachings into every corner, every facet, every moment of our lives. ❞

This is not a casual read. It’s pretty dense. Readers are taken in depth through the classical teachings, learning how to craft a whole-life path for themselves. The myriad combinations by which the Eightfold Path can be applied to the many situations that arise in life are seen as an opportunity to practice in every moment, and to do so skilfully.

❝ As you develop your version of the whole-life path, pay attention to what uplifts you, to what sustains your interest and brings a sense of the path into everyday experience. ❞

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πŸ’¬ Mindfulness for Beginners – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Jon Kabat-Zinn has played a pivotal role in building the bridge between Buddhist practices of meditation in the East and the Western approach to psychology. We can now receive meditation as a medical treatment thanks to this bridge.

This is probably the most accessible book he has written, while also expressing beautifully the depth of his experience. It is perfect for the beginner and includes a set of guided meditations recorded by the author.

He starts by defining mindfulness very precisely:

Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.

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πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» The Racially Diverse Emoji Didn’t Work For Me

When I chose the little icons I use to distinguish the topics in this website, I had a choice of a variety of skin colours, from Caucasian to dark.

However, the light brown face that most closely matched my own skin colour came equipped with a moustache.

I turns out that, forced to make a choice, I identify more as not wearing a moustache than I do with my own skin colour.


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🎲 Why Do I Believe What Scientists Say?

I chose science subjects at school, but I’m not a research scientist. Even if I was, I wouldn’t have the time to do all the reading necessary to come to an opinion about the various important debates of the day. So why do I think that the earth isn’t flat? Why aren’t I ambivalent about scientific conspiracy theories?

At school and college, there were the classes and then there was time in the library. I would read magazines such as New Scientist and Scientific American, and biographical books about famous physicists, chemists and mathematicians. What I absorbed was an image of the working life of scientists.

There is the discipline of the scientific method and a global community that communicates to support and to challenge each others’ work. It isn’t perfect, but at some point in the process the community may come to accept a certain view as being the most reliable one.

This is the process that I trust.

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πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» Getting Started With My Website

The three decisions I made to get from no website to an empty website, ready to start writing were:

  1. Use WordPress as the CMS
  2. Use Pressable as the website host
  3. Make a single website to cover multiple projects

Pressed into WordPress

WordPress is a mess. However, it’s the most commonly used content management system. That means there are a lot of plugins for adding extra features, such as automated tweeting, that make the website run the way I want it to.

Semi-impressed by Pressable

I chose Pressable as my WordPress host because I wanted support from the people that make WordPress.com but with the ability to stage changes in a clone of the site before putting them into production.

They use the same servers as WordPress.com, so I expect them to be reliable. They also have the same quality of support people as WordPress.com, and I’ve found them to be very helpful.

I was disappointed that the built-in backup was only once per day rather than the real time backup that I know they also can provide. The double whammy with the daily backup is that you can’t encourage the backups to happen in a given timeframe, so the backup might happen in the middle of your working day. I’d rather set a batch of tasks, get them done and then know they were part of a set of work. Either they’d all be in production or they’d all be backed out by the restore, but not half and half because the backup happened halfway through a task.

One Website To Rule Them All

I thought about having separate websites for each of the things I write about. This would allow me to use a theme and a set of plugins ideal for each topic. An alternative was to use a single WordPress multi-site. In the end, I decided to use a single site because the content ideas are evolving and I imagine I’ll rearrange the same content many times until I’ve figured out how it’s all going to fit together.