Author Archives: Jan Golden

Mountain Man

I met a man in France who suffered from depression. He was isolated for a long time in a forested milieu, struggling to make ends meet, pining for his lost family life, his daughter and lover. Work was an effort … Read More »

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Knowing and “Knowing”

As Gregory Bateson says, all knowledge has to be knowledge of distinction, and it is of something other than the self. Equally one might say that all experience is experience of difference. Even at the sensory level we cannot Read More »

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Stone Atlas

 

I often get students who limp in suffering from some structural ailment. Frequently, they mention the physio or chiropractor they visit, and the relief they get. But very often, as soon as they are in the blissful Cloud of … Read More »

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Platonic Forms

“Do it as if you are doing it perfectly” Liu Hung Jieh

 

I am embarrassed to think of the years I taught and practised tai chi which was, according to my current standards, appalling. And yet, even approximations to … Read More »

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Ineffable

“Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”
Matsuo Basho

 

I am returning to academia (Deo Volente) to pursue study in Botany, one of the oldest of scientific professions, the … Read More »

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Learning by Occident

Tai chi is not a philosophy. Lovers of wisdom seldom move, at least in the
west (exceptions include Nietzsche and Heidegger, who were indefatigable walkers, inheritors of the peripatetic school of Aristotle)

Tai chi can, however,  be a way of … Read More »

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Pirahá

 

The Pirahá are a tribe in the Amazon who have resisted missionaries for over 300 years. The main reason they give is that no one has seen Jesus with their own eyes, therefore it violates their Immediacy of Perception … Read More »

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Homeostasis

 

Every day we steer the battered hulk of our body to port many times, as the smooth functioning of our organism requires inputs from food, water and then more subtle additives like shelter, sex, status, meaning, and so on. … Read More »

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Scanner Darkly

 

Every morning now, when I wake up, during the “hypnapompic” ( from sleep) state, my body telegraphs to me certain sensations. There is either a general sense of heaviness, from the previous day’s exertions ( my Mac wrote Pervious, … Read More »

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Turtle Neck

 I know this is a tortoise, not a turtle

Necks suffer. Necks turn into turtles. Turtlenecks. Hard at the back, soft in the front. A carapace turtling forward. The neck is a victim of the shoulder blades flaring and gluing … Read More »

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