Kerouac, the death of an unmindful writer

This week is the 45th anniversary of the death of Jack Kerouac. Kerouac was a writer of fiction and poetry, and one of the founders of a literary movement known as the Beat Generation. His most famous book, “On the Road,” was a lightly-fictionalized account of his and his friend’s travels across the U.S. in …

Smart is really dumb

If you read motivational books or websites from self-help gurus, you might have come across the idea of setting SMART goals. SMART is an acronym. Different gurus use different words to match the acronym. But it’s usually something like: Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.   In other words, the ideal goal should be: Specific: …

It’s not like talking to yourself

I just finished writing the November newsletter this weekend. In the upcoming issue, we finish up our exploration of “psychic mindfulness” practices. Speaking of these practices, one of our Mindful Masters told me the other day how valuable she found the “prediction” practice we’ve been using. It has brought her a number of insights into …

The Big Picture (Part 4) – draining the swamp

This week, we’ve been looking at the “big picture” of our approach to applied mindfulness. And I got this email yesterday from Mindful Master Tony in Australia: —— Hi Al – In relation to your emails about the big picture I was reminded of a statement on a colleagues wall many years ago: “When you …

The Big Picture (Part 2) – don’t be ordinary

In our Mindful Masters newsletter, we’ve been getting into some of the intense practices of mindfulness. Everything from neurosomatic experiences to archetype metaprogramming to intuitive extension and “psychic mindfulness”. Sometimes, in the midst of all these fascinating trees, we stop paying attention to the forest. So to keep us on track, we’re spending a few …

Bad intentions

LifeWay is a provider of Christian books and products, both online and offline. Here in the U.S., they operate 180 Christian bookstores. Their research division recently did an online survey. It was all about “prayer habits” in America. And specifically what people pray for.   From the survey, they found that most people typically pray …

The Pooh of mindfulness

This week, we’ve been having fun with the characters of A. A. Milne’s classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories. There are eight major animal characters in these stories. In our approach to mindfulness we have eight “positions” of the Programmed Self. When I started writing these emails this week, I noticed the coincidence of eight characters and eight …

An “expotition” to mindfulness

Pooh, the bear of Very Little Brain, is a Level 3 infophobe. And the not-so-brave Piglet has Level 1 insecurities. Could it be that the characters of A. A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” represent aspects of our Programmed Self? There are eight characters in the stories. And eight Programmed Self positions. They just might match up.   …