Matt He Wanders On

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here's where things grow. - Robert M. Pirsig

Look! Over Here! It’s Distraction!

Look! Over Here! It’s Distraction!


Unavoidable in the Western world today, distraction is lurking under the table, waiting to devour any scraps of free time we let slip off our plate. We’ve hidden it from ourselves, labeled it ‘convenience’ or ‘productivity’ or ‘multi-tasking’. Busyness is the mantra of our age, and we never stop playing the game of being busier than the next sucker. Being suckier than the next…

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - Morning Pages

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 – Morning Pages

Note: This image is from the Astoria-Megler Bridge at the Oregon/Washington border.

Sleepy and subdued…

…the early morning calms even the bustlingist of cities. When the marine layer fog drapes itself over the coastal world like a weighted blanket, there’s no amount of squirming that can bust things loose. These quiet hours won’t last long, soon the world will be lost again in its own…

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For My Birthday…

For My Birthday…

(Written yesterday)

What better way to start a birthday than to treat myself to the rituals I wish I always performed?

Wake up and meditate.

Write morning pages.

Eat a good breakfast (eat reasonable amounts of healthy food all day).

Do good work, for the sake of the work.

Be physically active and mentally present.

Be grateful for the wonderful life I’m living.

Appreciate how well off I am, with…

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Vegetarianism… the Other Non Meat…

Vegetarianism… the Other Non Meat…

True to form, time marches forward, whether we want it to or not.

My Year Without has continued even while I’ve spent less time reflecting and writing about it. Challenges always look different in hindsight, so it’s a good exercise for me to try and remember what it was like while it was happening when it’s still “fresh” in my mind.

I’ll admit I had some moments where I considered shuffling…

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