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  • mono 6:40 pm on October 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alfred Korzybski, Attention, Butoh, , , , , , Peace, Religion and Spirituality, , ,   

    20 Mindfulness Exercises for Improving Your Mental Hygiene 

    1. Become aware of your sitting, your clothes, the temperature and all that is “outside” of you now.

    2. Imagine you are not separate from the ground, but a living happening of the world. (from Butoh)

    3. Take a walk and open your ears to all of the sounds around you, experiencing them as they are.

    4. Listen to the drifting habitual patterns of your own inner voice; let it float by you and around you.

    5. Practice the art of stretching, using a book or guide that fits your needs and stretch daily.

    6. Thank the objects that you use for their continued help. (from Constructive Living)

    7. Practice saying a set amount of “thank you’s” on a daily basis to those around you. (from Constructive Living).

    8. Become the face of the others around you that you see and interact with.

    9. Clean your surroundings with complete attention to the task-at-hand.

    10. Learn an “art” or “craft” like playing music, painting, building, dancing, gardening and so on.

    11. Notice the colors that are surrounding you.

    12. Meditate on Korzybski’s quotation: “Whatever I say a thing is, it is not.”

    13. Allow yourself to completely savor the taste of what you eat and drink.

    14. Exercise and become aware of how your body changes. How did it change?

    15. Take into account the habitual movements and speech patterns that you use.

    16. For one day, listen to others more than you speak to others.

    17. For one day, control your use of the word “is.” (from Aleister Crowley)

    18. Do a familiar task with your eyes closed, noticing the sensory change (from Constructive Living)

    19. Focus on the ways in which “you” are embedded in your surroundings.

    20. Fully engage yourself with tasks, people and objects that are meaningful to you.

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    • Johnny Unicorn 12:51 am on October 21, 2008 Permalink

      One of my favorites is number 13. I would expand on it: Smell and try to recognize every ingredient in the food you eat before each bite.

    • jgrefe 6:57 am on October 21, 2008 Permalink

      Johnny, I didn’t focus on “smell” at all. Thank you for your input. I’ll have to try your suggestion. If you have any more, please let me know. I think one could almost make a separate “mindfulness” list strictly focusing on music (playing/listening). I’ll work on this list.

    • Pella Verbati 5:00 am on March 23, 2009 Permalink

      very useful

    • nictos 10:18 am on March 24, 2009 Permalink

      Thank you. These are excellent tools for living.

  • mono 5:54 pm on October 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Copyblogger, , Critical thinking, dr zoltan, , Lance Strate, , , list, , , Religion and Spirituality, ,   

    10 (+) Articles for Improving Your Mental Hygiene (Vol. 1.0) 


    A list of ten articles dealing with topics such as: leading, following, awareness, mindfulness, constructive living, esoteric thought, greatness, media ecology, critical thinking, and existence.

    1. Lee Thayer: There is Only One Way to Achieve Greatness
    2. Mindfulness: Finding Our Own Paths: Entering Awareness
    3. RAWilson: Robert Anton Wilson: Thoughts
    4. Lee Thayer: Excerpt from “The Elusive Laws of Communication”
    5. Lance Strate: The Creative Power of Media Ecology
    6. Copyblogger: How Good are your Critical Thinking Skills?
    7. Constructive Living: Constructive Living Basics
    8. Walker Percy: Walker Percy WikiQuote
    9. Dr. Zoltan: Dr. Zoltan’s Ideas on Creative Career
    10. Mindfulness: The Leader is a Virtuoso Question Asker

    What articles or blogs do you recommend for improving mental hygiene? I look forward to learning from you.


    11. Dr. Corey Anton: Freedom, Thought, World

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  • mono 9:10 pm on October 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , mantra, namu amida butsu, Prometheus Rising, Religion and Spirituality, ,   

    Robert Anton Wilson: Namu Amida Butsu 

    Author and speaker Robert Anton Wilson talks about the Shinran Buddhist mantra, “Namu Amida Butsu.”

    Robert Anton Wilson’s Official Site
    Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

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  • mono 5:52 pm on May 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Lie Down in the Light, , Religion and Spirituality, ,   

    Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Lie Down in the Light 

    will oldham

    Today, amidst a rainy May day, my copy of Bonnie “Prince” Billy‘s new album “Lie Down in the Light” arrived. What is refreshing is that I know that this album will remain with me. That is, I will be returning to this music for a long time to come. I knew this even before I opened up the package and played the CD. Now, at 5:30pm (still raining), I am not able to write a review. The music is playing (and has been most of the afternoon), but no suitable words are coming forth. From this blankness of vocabulary I am assured that this is a fantastic album. Perhaps this inability to convey in language what is so moving about the album is precisely the kind of review that fits this album.

    For an album from an artist that we admire, time needs to pass, the sudden striking of the computer keys proves futile. The music is at once too close to us and too far apart. It is conjoining with us, it is creating a new facet of our self, it is creating a new aspect of the musician for us.

    On a rainy May day, there can be magic. Music can illuminate the puddles and the sound of the rain can blend with the album of our choice. At this point, the album is affecting me on a visceral level, a bodily vibration…a physical mood settles over me. It seems it is time, yes, it is time to lie down in the light.

    Support the music of Will Oldham:
    Drag City Records

    • Jeff Jefferson 7:29 am on May 25, 2008 Permalink

      I’ve just now ordered my copy. For some reason I didn’t think it was a full release…but apparently so.

      Your thoughts about this album mirror mine about Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy in general. His music always conjoins with me and creates new facets of myself. I’ve grown attached to his music almost like I would a real person. It’s strange. I’ve gone through a lot with his music, but his music has come through it all and remains strong. Any negative experiences that have been connected with it haven’t been able to harm it. They brought the music down for a little while, but the music itself has endured. Listening to Greatest Palace Music or Ease Down the Road is like the first time every time. I can listen to those CDs repeatedly and each time they thrill, surging my mood along with them. I’m looking forward to the new album.

    • jgrefe 9:29 am on May 25, 2008 Permalink

      It most certainly is a full-length and it really shines. I think you will really enjoy this album, as the production is as lavish as “Greatest Palace Music” and the songwriting style seems to hearken back to an “Ease Down The Road” inspiration, however it transcends both of these albums in some way that I can’t quite pin down. I hope Mr. Oldham plans on some midwest shows this summer.

      I really appreciate “The Letting Go,” and it holds a very pleasant broken feeling for me. That is, it spreads itself out in front of me, pointing in different directions, while “Lie Down in the Light” seems to spread out yet joins its threads together. That is, it seems more “whole” than “The Letting Go.”

      I hope to hear your thoughts on the new album.

  • mono 10:11 am on May 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christianity, , , , People, , Plan, Religion and Spirituality, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, , Wisely   

    Plan Your Life Wisely: Three Days with Gracian 

    Holga Life

    “Plan out your life wisely.” This is the first sentence of the 229th maxim by Baltasar Gracian from his book The Art of Worldly Wisdom. In this concise and illuminating piece, Gracian encourages us to “plan with foresight” and thus regain and, to some extent, control certain aspects of our life. He also proposes a strategy for expanding one’s life and knowledge. Gracian proposes three steps toward a balanced life:

    Day 1: Conversation with the Dead – Fill your day with the study of and meditation on those who have come before you and those who are no longer with us. This day could be spent reading treasured books, listening to old records, observing the architectural works of long-forgotten designers, and so on. Through this careful study of those who have passed, we may come to see new aspects of ourselves or create fresh aspects of self. We may blossom through knowledge.

    Day 2: Among the People – On this day one goes out and spends time among other living flesh-and-blood people. Spend the day listening to close friends or family, strike up a conversation with someone you have never met, volunteer your services, observe and listen to others in a public place, travel to a different country and spend time with people whose customs are not your own. Through real human interaction, we open ourselves to the Vulnerable, to the Unexpected. We mirror each other, we share life through our communication with others.

    Day 3: The Hermit – I will use Gracian’s exact words as they shine in their precision: “The third day is entirely for oneself. The greatest happiness is to be a philosopher.”

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