Life is Not Fair

I don’t have to tell you that life is not fair. You already know this. But do you really believe it?

The answer is no. To believe something is to accept it as true, which then becomes a rule of action.

Do you act like life is unfair? No. We expect people, at least, to be fair. But are they?

Sure, from a moral standpoint people ought to be fair and treat others with kindness. But other people are not under our control.

This means that people will be unfair, unkind, and sometimes cruel. We cannot control that.

But we still expect them to be fair, kind, and courteous. And so we suffer when they are not.

Expect nothing and when you get nothing you will not be disappointed. The key is nonattachment.

Mediate Daily

It is hard to remember to meditate every day if you don’t schedule it.

For me, the best time is first thing in the morning, I do it before I get dressed, that way I don’t forget.

It is too easy to get busy doing something and then run out of time.

Don’t allow yourself an opportunity to excuse yourself from meditating. It is too easy to do.

When it comes to meditating…. just do it!

Why Change is Hard

We don’t like change. We like things to be the same way every day.

But change means growth. Why is change so hard for us to accept?

Change is hard to accept because we like to be comfortable. Comfort is the enemy AB transformation.

Transformation means to change into another form. And again, change is hard.

The key is to embrace change, to see change as a good thing. We have to push through the uncomfortable moments that change brings.

Time is Not Real

Time is not separate from you, and as you are present, time does not go away. – Either Dogen

Time has no objective reality.

There is only movement in sequence.

Time requires a past and a future, both of which exist only in the mind and memory.

The present moment is the only true reality. It is always now, and never not now. Therefore, only now exists.

When you wallow in regrets from the past or are paralyzed with a anxiety about the future, remember that time is not real.

What is time then? Time is the measure of sequence, of the speed between two events.

This measurement is possible only because of memory which remembers past events, and consciousness which observes present events.

Wash Your Own Rice

Do no just leave washing the rice or preparing the vegetables to others but use your own hands, your own eyes, your own sincerity. Do not fragment your attention but see what each moment calls for. – Either Dogen

If we look for them, there are many opportunities to practice mindfulness. We just have to look for them.

I have recently gone through a life transition. For the last 11 years I have been a night shift employee. I am now switching to days.

This has allowed me to reform my habits. Beginning the morning with meditation, for example.

Another habit I am developing is doing the dishes with my wife. It allows us the opportunity to practice mindfulness together.

To repurpose an old saying, a family that meditates together stays together. Special bonds are formed in the silence.

Find your own moments of mindful activity. And then “do not fragment your attention.”

What Is Critical Race Theory?

In the service of public education, please be advised that politicians are not the best source for unbiased information.

Their job is to win races, not teach truth. Fear and hate are the best motivators. On these two strings the swan song of freedom is played.

Some mistakenly think that critical race theory is the greatest threat to Western civilization. This is a boogie man created by politicians to scar an uninformed public.

So what is critical race theory, really? It “is a discipline developed by legal scholars decades ago, and it is primarily taught in law school. It looks to the law for answers as to why racial inequality persists even as American founding documents and aspirational ideals vaunt equality, and after the civil rights movement brought about landmark legislation aimed at ending racism de jure” (Snopes.com).

A question that deserves an answer. But you can see why racists might not like it.

Which Version of Linux Should I Install?

If you are asking this question, and you are on a 64-bit system, there is only one correct answer – Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop.

If you are already a Linux user, you wouldn’t be asking this question. You would know that there are hundreds of different choices. Too many choices is a bad thing for someone new to Linux. But is good for those needing more options, customizations, and tools.

And if you are asking which version of Linux to install, then you probably know why Linux is the best operating system. You probably know it is the most secure operating system. It is free for ever and its source code is open to see what the program is doing, or to modify it if you know how to.

The next question is how to get a copy of Linux Mint for yourself? There are two ways, the first is more techy than the second.

The first way is to download an optical disc image (that is an iso) of the operating system from Linux Mint at: https://linuxmint.com/download.php.

Burn it unto a DVD disc or, if you don’t have a DVD drive, a USB flash drive. Direction to do this are here.

The second way is to just buy a DVD or flash drive with Linux Mint already on it. You can get them through Amazon or Shop Linux Online.

At this point, read through the Linux Mint Installation Guide. You can also watch YouTube videos such as this one here.

Just remember: Linux Mint is not Windows. Google Chrome and Firefox both work great in Linux Mint, but many Windows programs will not work in Linux. There are alternatives to most Windows programs, but do your research before you make the switch.

Buddha for Sale

Buddhism is Big Money nowadays.

All you have to do is read one of the latest Buddhist magazines, and look at the ads. Meditation for sale. Buddhist teachings for sale. Buddhist merchandise for sale.

Meditation training goes for big dollars these days. Even though the Buddha said do not sell the Dharma, the Dharma is for sale.

Mindfulness meditation has now become a dominant force in psychology.

Many teachers try to separate Buddhism from mindfulness meditation. But mindfulness meditation is a Buddhist Meditation.

I wonder what the Buddha would think about Buddhism in America.

Best Linux Music Player

The best Linux music player is, in my opinion, Elisa.

“Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use.” explains the KDE Community Wiki.

For those new to Linux, there are a number of desktop environments for Linux. Two of the most popular ones are Gnome and KDE.

Yes, I am using the Gnome desktop. But Elisa is that good of a music player. It has a modern look and feel and can handle hundreds and hundreds of music files.

So if you are looking for a Biorhythm replacement try Elisa. I highly recommend it.

Natural Awakening

Awakening is not supernatural but natural.

Awakening is about becoming more aware of sensations and mental phenomenon.

Awakening is about getting off autopilot and filling engaging in the present moment.

There is both a sudden awakening and a gradual awakening. The first is realizing you were sleep walking, the second is about deepening this new awareness.