All Journal Entries by Emerson Dameron

February 21, 2017
My journey with mindfulness meditation has been long, winding, and sporadic.
Meditation Practice     Link
February 12, 2017
As a society, it's fair to say that we have a fraught relationship with food. We eat our feelings. We starve our feelings. We binge. We purge. We use food as a tribal signifier. We throw away the leftovers and leave the cake out in the rain....
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February 3, 2017
I can't force myself to fall in love with a piece of music, but I can force myself to hate it.
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October 9, 2016
As a condition of employment, I took a creepy personality profile that revealed I am more “people-oriented” and care more about building rapport and being liked than I would like to. If any suggestion can provoke the sort of rage that that one has,...
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September 2, 2016
There is no you. The story of the Self is useful up to a point, but it is a complex work of fiction, and it has become a pernicious fiction. Ponder a recent experience, such as peering at traffic from a bridge or noticing an unusual piece of litter...
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July 8, 2016
Perhaps you've taken a day off from your meditation practice. Perhaps it became a week and stretched over months. Perhaps you've fallen off the cushion.You're allowed to forgive yourself. There is a lot to be distracted by, more all the time. You're...
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June 3, 2016
I can only speak for myself, and I am pretty good at doing that. Like many of us, I am quite accomplished at weaving my own narrative. The internet has broken down many - if not most - of our collaborative cultural tapestry-narratives by giving each...
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February 15, 2016
You've fallen off the cushion. The negative emotion garbage monster has proven too tough to ever defeat. You've tried your luck with "spiritual bypassing," but even that stopped working after a bit – you remained a fidgety neurotic and nasty gossip...
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February 8, 2016
“DE is a way of doing. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in DE.You can start right now tidying up your flat, moving...
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February 1, 2016
I choose to believe that all beings are part of a single organism. We are all part of a humming, sometimes thriving, sometimes aching ecosystem. Hurting those whom I consider “others” slows down the entire operation and wounds him whom I consider “...
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July 28, 2015
Daniel de Sosa is an American-born comics artist living in the United Kingdom inspired by science fiction, heavy metal, screwball comedy, and Buddhist tales and traditions. Like many artists too irreverent or weird to secure corporate patronage, he...
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May 26, 2015
On a sunny Sunday morning last April, I woke up late, took a sip from the half-empty bottle of beer on my end table, and felt my pancreas explode.
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May 11, 2015
It is hardly necessary, or even necessarily recommended, to follow up Shambhala Level One with Shambhala Level Two: The Birth of the Warrior as quickly as I did.
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April 2, 2015
I am sitting in a small walk-up apartment on North Spaulding Avenue. I am sitting in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, located in the Midwest region of the United States of America.
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March 5, 2015
I pride myself on being well-informed. I pride myself on having good taste. I judge myself so harshly and berate myself so aggressively that I'm left to wonder how this rigorous humility might serve me. Perhaps it saves me the trouble of taking on...
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February 27, 2015
“I like that Chicago is a 'flyover' city,” said Harper Reed, former Chief Technical Officer at Threadless and Obama For America, now humbly billing himself as "Probably One of the Coolest Guys Ever." “It means nobody bothers us while we're working.”
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February 18, 2015
I hate to bother you, but I have a book recommendation. You'd never think such a brisk, poppy work would have so much to say about the passive-aggressive communication we buy into, but you might be surprised! Besides, it's only about 100 pages! Of...
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February 11, 2015
A few weekends ago, while my wife was in Jamaica, I took a plunge of sorts. I took, and completed, The Art of Being Human, a two-day immersive course at my local Shambhala Center.
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January 14, 2015
“You wouldn't listen to someone named Bonerman26 in real life. Don't read the comments.” -@AvoidComments
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January 7, 2015
My teeth clench. My muscles grow rigid. I brace myself as if for an oncoming attack.
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Mom
November 26, 2014
One of my most hated noises is the low and ominous drone of a vacuum cleaner. As a kid, when I arrived home from school and heard a vacuum cleaner, I knew my mom was already upset about something.
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November 11, 2014
I just found out that I'm about to lose my job. Yes, again.
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October 24, 2014
This is not content. This will not be syndicated or pushed through social networks. This was not rewritten with a keen eye for SEO. It will not go viral. Less than 1% of 1% of 1% of the people on earth will ever be aware that this existed.Early...
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October 3, 2014
We have several lovely weeks of autumn in Chicago. It's a shame that we are rarely here to enjoy them.Fall brings with it a sense of panic. More like terror. You know what's coming and there's nothing you can do to stop it. The slick sidewalks and...
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September 10, 2014
Reddit, founded in 2005 and the dominant site of its kind since at least 2010, bills itself as “the front page of the internet.” It has a tiny staff - most of the lifting is done by hundreds of thousands of active “redditors” who post, comment, and...
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