CSC Blog

The Blessing of Mortality

If I had to pick one set of ideas most likely to change a life for the better, I’d feel pretty good about the 7-minute introduction Sam...

On Video Games

I often hear adults profess irritated confusion at the power of video games in teen culture. Even those of us who may have been devotees...

The Great Anxiety Epidemic

The New York Times just published a great article on the apparent explosion of anxiety among American teenagers. The author includes some...

What Thoughts Are Worth Thinking?

We typically expend a great deal of time and energy interacting with our thoughts. Interacting is perhaps an odd term here, because most...

Calvin the Wise

Calvin and Hobbes are such dharma jewels. Interesting question here: Is using the attentional control one develops through meditation...

Have you suffered enough?

When I took the step of explaining my unwillingness to read the same superhero book every night to my son, he was absolutely open to...

Thank You, Robert Sapolsky

His brand of far-out seems to be simultaneously grounded in science and fueled by a radical dose of insane curiosity. In an article aptly...

News From Yosemite

Imagine living your entire life in a room filled with noisy machines. Every moment, waking or sleeping, your nervous system is...

Virus on a Bullet

It’s palpable. Almost as if in an accelerating jet, the speed and intensity of life washes through and around us as we grow, develop, and...

Stress is Your Friend

Kelly McGonigal posted a great TED talk about stress. In short, she concludes that our beliefs about stress have a greater impact on our...

No Map, No Compass

Since 2006 I’ve worked with hundreds of parents as a teacher, dean, and now as a counselor. In that time I’ve been exposed to a dizzying...

Post-Information Age

A recent blog post by the always-inspirational Richard Louv converged with an after-hours conversation with a bunch of my equally...

Taxonomy of Happiness Part 2

Here’s some thinking related to the conditional forms of happiness. First of all, it is part of the human condition – that is, something...

Taxonomy of Happiness Part 1

I’d like to posit that there are essentially two families of happiness available to humans. The first category of happiness includes...

Two Mistakes

1)   We think of ourselves as individuals. The reality is that (to paraphrase a 15 year old student of mine) we don’t form relationships,...

On Having a Goal

One of my favorite quotes about mindfulness was not penned by a contemplative scientist or accomplished mediator, but rather by the...

News from the Desert

It’s a bit surprising that 7 days in the desert sleeping on the ground is all it takes to provide a fairly radical perspective on my...

Courage and Compassion

My brain loves action. For reasons more interesting than useful, I am slightly addicted to images of physical aptitude. Athletes, martial...

Suffering

The Buddhist tradition identifies three fundamental characteristics of reality. Dukkha, usually translated as suffering, dissatisfaction,...

Disembodiment

Sir Ken Robinson has a great line about the mistake we all make when we regard our bodies as simply a means of getting our heads from...

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