Category Archives: Philosophy and Economics

What Bitcoin and Ahimsa Have in Common

As yogis, we could be forgiven for not knowing the ins and outs of the global financial and currency system.  We’re more worried about fully crossing our heels in Bhujapidasana or establishing mulha bandha than we’re concerned about where all this paper money comes from, where and why its printed, and if a particular group of people benefit while another group of individuals may suffer due to the currency system that we operate under.   Well, I am here to break the bad news that once you read this post, you will no longer be able to claim ignorance.  So please stop here if you wish to remain blissfully in the dark! Continue reading

You Are An Alchemist

Think it’s impossible to turn led into gold?  Or water into wine?  Or maybe something thats even more beneficial to the world, yet well within your reach?  The truth, my friend, is that you have been an alchemist your entire life.  What I’m talking about here is your innate ability  to transform cosmic energy – let me explain.

Looks Difficult But Actually Quite Simple

Believe it or not, we are one gigantic ball of energy.  If we laid out our entire nervous system in one straight line, it would reach four times around the globe.  Yet all of this has been magically woven right there inside of us, harnessing and then Continue reading

The Engineering of Attachment

yesterday as i was biking home from the grocery store, backpack in tow, i noticed a lamborgini fly by.  as if in some sort of fancy car parade, an exotic car that looked like a lotus or something flew by right on queue.  i immediately had a warm sensation come over me as I realized these things were no longer the objects of my desire.  but that’s not to say they never were.  i used to act like a materialistic and greedy person, mainly caring about others if they could potentially advance me, or maybe caring about other less fortunate folks because it looked good to other more fortunate people who could then advance me.  so then i could have a lamborgini.  and a vacation home in aspen.  and then a bunch of girls would like me.  however, as I’m finding out, this greedy selfishness didn’t reflect my true nature, my inner soul.  it was all a facade brought about by societal engineering.

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Can Commoditization Act as a Positive Force Towards Individualism? Maybe.

As I look around the physical world today, I am noticing a lot of commoditization going on.  No, I don’t mean people stocking up on Oil, Rice, and Pork Belly Futures.  What I am getting at is the commoditization of certain tools and practices.  Think of it as if you were an alien from outerspace paying a visit to earth for the first time.  You see a bunch of people walking around with smartphones that look exactly alike, going to an exercise class where everyone is instructed to perform the exact same movements, Targets/WalMarts/Costco that utilise logisitcal processing systems that are seamless and streamlined.

Will Human Beings be Added to this Collage?

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What Happened to Honesty is the Best Policy?

James Altucher is probably my favorite blogger right now.  He speaks truth like I have never seen before, truth that bleeds.  He’s one of those guys that is wealthy enough and has lied enough and has done everything enough that there is nothing left to hide, nothing left but the truth.  His top post is on that very topic of honesty and can be found here.   Basically, he details what happens when you dig down deep inside and witness and observe.  I’ve been doing some of these same obsevations and thought I’d put together my own small list of what happens in my experience when I am more honest with myself and the people around me.

We can all handle the truth, but maybe our egos can’t.

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Adam Smith is Rolling Over in His Grave

When Adam Smith spoke of the division of labor and specialization and exchange per his famous pin factory analogy, I don’t think he imagined the world we inhabit today.  High labor productivity was supposed to be a liberating concept, as labor and capital combined to produce the basic goods and services for humanity at an increasingly efficient rate, thus freeing up labor to do other things with it’s time.

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Yoga and The Magic Kitchen

Ok this is my first post on the Yoga blog so I want to make it meaningful. So I’ll start with something that has been on my mind a lot recently – The Magic Kitchen. The Magic Kitchen is a place I read about during my recent trip to Asia in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Basically, Ruiz draws an analogy between the abundance/(lack of) food and the abundance/(lack of) love one has to offer to the world.

So here’s a run down of The Magic Kitchen:

If your cupboards are bare and there is no food in sight, you are starving. You are willing to do just about anything for food. Someone comes to your door with a gigantic DiGiorno supreme thick crust pizza. You take it. You don’t care what the consequences or conditions are because this is a matter of survival. Maybe you just sold your soul to the devil, who knows? But your stomach is full. And it tasted great too!

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