May 10, 2015
The distinction between past, present and
future is only an illusion, however persistent.
Modern physics tells us that time does not “move” forward. Instead, time, like space, simply is. To us humans who cannot help but perceive our lives as proceeding from yesterday to today to tomorrow, this is a mind-boggling concept. So let’s try to wrap some more words around it….
The laws of physics do not, indeed cannot, distinguish between an event in the “past” or an event in the “future.” In fact, these laws do not even distinguish between change which occurs “forward” in time or “backward” in time. The arrow of time exists only in our heads.
We humans insist that the past is gone, that only those things that can be perceived right now actually exist. Physics tells us, quite clearly, that though this is our perception, it is not reality. The reality is that everything, whether in the past, present or future, simply exists. Always. This is not wishful thinking. This is what hard science tells us is true, even if this truth, like other hard truths from science, seems patently absurd to our perceptions (like the fact that every atom making up all physical objects is mostly empty space, even though we perceive things as solid.)
Why am I harping on this this morning? Because this seemingly absurd description of reality comforts me. Because it means that nothing is ever lost, nothing ever dies. It means that we are still sitting at the dinner table in the old house on Wedgemere, even though you are long gone and the house has been sold away. It means that your infectious laugh is still ringing, even if my ears can no longer hear it.
March 8, 2015
It’s only confusing
if you try to figure it out.
March 6, 2015
Another wonderful mini-series about this miraculous planet: this time focusing on how humanity has upset the balance, and how humanity might save it. I so admire the inspiring leaders in this effort; such great minds, big hearts and brave souls.
February 14, 2015
You tend to be philosophical or spiritual in your orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. You dislike small talk. You often describe yourself as creative or intuitive. You dream vividly, and can often recall your dreams the next day. You love music, nature, art, physical beauty. You feel exceptionally strong emotions – sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear. You process information about your environments – both physical and emotional – unusually deeply. You tend to notice subtleties that others might miss – another person’s shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly…
~Susan Cain, from Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
January 31, 2015
I know that I have regained my center when I forgive myself both for having lost it and for the fact that I will inevitably lose it again.
January 30, 2015
“A man walking across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger chasing after him. Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Terrified, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger had come, waiting to eat him. Two mice, one white and one black, little by little began to gnaw away at the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!”
January 13, 2015
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”