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Don’t Follow the “Heard”

Posted in Enlightenment, Happiness, One minute unlearning, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

I heard … more money will make me happier. I heard … whoever ends up with the most toys wins. I heard … it’s all about me. I heard … you can never have enough. I heard … you can never be too rich or too thin. I heard … a rumor. I heard ……

Navel-Gazing Doesn’t Suck

Posted in Behavior, Perspective, Wisdom

The phrase “navel-gazing” has, at least in today’s western culture, come to refer to self-absorbed pursuits. This is ironic because if you really do contemplate your belly-button you’re likely to be reminded that you were once physically connected to another human being. This reminder of our “connectedness” is a far cry from self-absorption. After our…

The First Principle of Unlearning

Posted in Quotes, Wisdom

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” –Richard Feynman Richard Feynman, the Nobel-prize winning physicist, who uttered these wise words also kept “a notebook of things I don’t know.” One way to remain open to the need for unlearning is to similarly keep “a…

Pause, Reflect and Unlearn

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Behavior, Beliefs, Change, One minute unlearning, Wisdom

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” –Mark Twain The path of unlearning can be steep and, often, the first step is the most difficult. The reason this is so isn’t necessarily because the journey ahead is so arduous (although often it can be), it…

You Know the Answer

Posted in Blog, Parable, Wisdom

The student and the travel were about to part ways when the student asked, “As I continue my travels, who else should I listen to as I continue my journey? Who are the best teachers?” The traveler thought about the question for a moment and replied, “It’s been my experience that the wisest counsel has…

The Goal

Posted in Blog, Parable, Wisdom

“If I were to want one thing,” asked the student, “what should I want?” “Not to want,” replied the traveler.

Study to Be Quiet

Posted in Blog, Quotes, Silence, Wisdom

Isaac Walton’s motto was “Study to be quiet.” It’s a wonderful saying and holds a great deal of wisdom. In this era of smartphones, email, Twitter, and 24-hour news, we all need some quiet time for reflection. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Being quiet is, surprisingly, hard. It requires work. It might even…

Sitting in the Shade of the Tree of Unlearning

Posted in Blog, Parable, Wisdom

The traveler and the child were resting under a tree when the child asked, “What new insights have you come to lately?” The traveler looked up at the child and paused a long time before answering. “It’s not so much that I’ve come to any new insights lately as it is I’ve learned to drop…

The Island of Wisdom

Posted in Parable, Wisdom

One summer day, the traveler and the student were walking in the land of the north when they came upon a lake. In the middle of the lake was a small island. “What’s that?” asked the child. “The Isle of Wisdom,” replied the traveler. “How do you get to it?” “All I can tell you…

The Best Advice

Posted in Change, Wisdom

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.” So begins Ralph Waldo Emerson’s classic book, Self-Reliance. The Latin phrase translates to “Do not search outside yourself.” It is wonderful advice. It is easy to think and believe that everyone else needs to unlearn. The true key to unlearning, however, is to focus on yourself. Related posts: A Man Unlearns…


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