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A Bolt of Insight

Posted in Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, One minute unlearning, Parable, Wisdom

“What’s enlightenment,” asked the seeker. “I can only provide a metaphor,” replied the wayfinder. “Have you ever been in the darkness when a bolt of lightening suddenly illuminated all of your surroundings in vivid clarity?” “Yes, I have,” replied the seeker excitedly. “Is that enlightenment feels like?” “No,” said the wayfinder to the seeker’s immense…

Ask a Stranger: What Don’t I Know?

Posted in Ask a New Question, New Cards, Wisdom

Related Posts 5 Ways to Make the Strange Familiar Unlearning Lesson #21: Know Doubt

Of This One Thing I’m Certain

Posted in Quotes, Wisdom

I love this quote from Bertrand Russell: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.” I think I like it almost as much as this one from G.K. Chesterton. Related Posts The Problem with the World: Me Know Doubt

Enough is Enough: Give Yourself Time by Committing Hara Hachi Bu

Posted in Behavior, Quotes, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

There is a Japanese word, Hara hachi bu. It means “eat until 80 percent full.” If you’re trying to lose weight it is a wonderful philosophy to abide by. Be forewarned, however, it isn’t easy to follow. This is because it takes the brain 20 minutes from the time the stomach is full until the…

Preparing for Non-Judgement Day

Posted in One minute unlearning, Parable, Wisdom

One day the student asked the traveler whether he was prepared for Judgement Day. He only smiled and replied, “I don’t know but if I faithfully practice non-judgement every day I think I’ll be prepared.”

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…


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