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Funny, isn’t it, the things that we think are not spiritual? Why is telling jokes not spiritual? Why is something beautiful—a car, a suit—not spiritual? Why is physical excellence not spiritual? Why is sex not spiritual? Religion is simply institutionalized spirituality, passing on its good news to the next generation to do with as they see fit, which will then itself be passed on, and thus unto the ends of time. - taken from #IntegralSpirituality
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Day 1: Do you live in the future?

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 3:26 PM by Tek (This Chance to Be Alive and Breathing)
Updated May 19th, 2016 at 3:33 PM by Tek (Added to C.C. category)

[Last night I discovered an app called Conscious. The app provides daily challenges designed to strengthen one's ability to maintain present-moment conscious awareness - mindfulness training, you could say. Here is today's challenge, and my journal entry about taking it on.]

Challenge: Become aware of moments when you are lost in thinking about the future, whether it's 10 minutes or 2 years from now. Notice how it pulls your attention from the present moment. See the reasons why you...
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seasons to cycles and children to men

Posted October 6th, 2015 at 7:24 PM by Tek (This Chance to Be Alive and Breathing)

mind if i post some ramblings here, for all to see? no? i didn't think so. you all are nice people.

there is definitely change in the air. autumn is coming to this hemisphere of our spherical spaceship, yes; deeper cycles are also coming around, i think.

growth - the emergence of cycles which are more inclusive than their predecessors - occurs when life habits become inadequate and frustrating. the old zen masters of the east were known to purposely intensify these...
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The Chicken Dance

Posted February 17th, 2015 at 2:45 PM by Tek (This Chance to Be Alive and Breathing)
Updated February 17th, 2015 at 2:49 PM by Tek (Spelling and grammar)

Of the many dreams I recall having the night of Tues 10 Feb, one was lucid. In this dream, I tried twice to manipulate the scenery and died both times as a result. Died in the dream, that is; I'm not a zombie blogger guys don't panic.

I was on a farm, standing next to a red barn. There were those tube metal fences around, which formed several enclosures. In the area were a lot of chickens roaming around, a few hens but mostly roosters. As I saw them, I couldn't help but make clucking...
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Intro to OBEs

Posted January 11th, 2015 at 10:11 AM by Tek (This Chance to Be Alive and Breathing)
Updated January 11th, 2015 at 3:04 PM by Tek (Minor specifications)

Hey folks! Today, I'm gonna tell ya about OBEs!

What is an out-of-body experience? A myth? A hallucination? A journey of one's spirit through non-physical space? Well, as far as I can tell, there are more questions than answers. But before we get into the technical aspects, I'll do my best to describe what my OBEs this morning were like.

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Time: roughly 0500, somewhat before the time I'd been getting up in the mornings. I had been dreaming, so I was...
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Advent season; growing up.

Posted December 24th, 2014 at 2:28 AM by Tek (This Chance to Be Alive and Breathing)
Updated January 11th, 2015 at 11:00 AM by Tek

Our pastor at Broadway, Edgar Tanner, has been speaking about the traditional Advent things: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. But he's been expounding on what you might call the 'mature' or more complex versions of these. Namely: expectation, engagement, enthusiasm, and enjoyment. His most recent sermon - on peace - has proved especially poignant at this time in my life.

He's made a strong case that each of these things are closely correlated and indeed inseparable from their polar opposites....
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