Geography of the Mind: First Take

By John Renesch / December 7, 2021 / 0 Comments

December 2021 Where do we find the human mind? Most people think of the mind as synonymous with the brain and is, therefore, located in the head. Even theoretical physicist and bestselling author Michio Kaku does so in his NewYorkTimes bestseller The Future of the Mind. But my personal experience is that the mind is […]

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Racism: Learned Because It’s Taught

By John Renesch / October 31, 2021 / 0 Comments

November 2021 In the 1958 movie South Pacific, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical  set during World War II, U.S. Marines are challenged with racism issues in relating to the local South Pacific natives. One song in particular from the musical seems to have nailed the cause of racism quite directly. The song was “You’ve Got […]

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The Eighth & Ninth Killer Attitudes

By John Renesch / September 30, 2021 / 0 Comments

October 2021 In September’s editorial I identified seven common attitudes that are killing us – contributing to the decline of our civilization, the divisiveness of our society, and the deterioration of our global environment. I ended by asking for any additional attitudes readers might suggest, recognizing my list of seven was not intended to be […]

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Personal Attitudes That Are Killing Us: A Look at How Popular Social Opinions Are Heading Us Toward Extinction

By John Renesch / September 2, 2021 / 0 Comments

September 2021 Recently I wrote an editorial asking if what we collectively think of as normal in our society might be killing us. This phenomenon continues to remain with me and I awoke the other day with a more specific slant on the matter. This led me to consider more precisely how we – as […]

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Is Normal Killing Us? Part Two

By John Renesch / July 30, 2021 / 0 Comments

August 2021 In writing “Is Normal Killing Us?” last month I made the point that as youngsters we found ourselves in a reality that we never asked for and most of us did our best to fit in to what seemed to be expected of us. After publishing it, I was left pondering where our […]

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Is Normal Killing Us? A look at the reality we have but never asked for.

By John Renesch / June 29, 2021 / 0 Comments

July 2021 Most of us had some difficulty when we were growing up, largely around “fitting in.” It was an awkward time full of pretending we fit in even though deep down we were at worst scared or, at best, unsure of how to be in order to be accepted by society. If we were […]

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Causing Our Own Suffering: Lessons from the Universe

By John Renesch / June 5, 2021 / 0 Comments

June 2021 In the last several years I have written about half a dozen article/editorials on how we cause our own suffering and I thought it was time for a fresh inquiry into the subject since it remains a persistent malady for most people.  You’ve heard the quote “Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional”? While […]

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The Next Buddha

By John Renesch / May 3, 2021 / 0 Comments

May 2021 The following two paragraphs are excerpts from Thich Nhat Hanh’s (pictured right) closing remarks* to over two thousand people attending his Day of Mindfulness at Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, in October 1993. The Buddha, Shakyamuni, our teacher, predicted that the next Buddha would be Maitreya, the Buddha of love. We desperately […]

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The Source That Unites Us All

By John Renesch / March 29, 2021 / 0 Comments

April 2021 Through the ages there have been a multitude of references to how God, or Spirit, or Source, is within each one of us. Some have theorized that we all contain holographs of God. Gandhi is quoted as saying, “I know God is neither in heaven nor down below, but in everyone.” Some prefer […]

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Getting Unreasonable: The Path Toward Ultimate Responsibility and Freedom

By John Renesch / March 1, 2021 / 0 Comments

March 2021 [This article has been adapted in large part from an editorial in this newsletter published in February 2009; it seems even more pertinent now.] Many of the problems in the world are due to people acting less than consciously. This is not to say that there is a black-and-white, all-or-nothing state of mind […]

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