Do nothing. Rest afterwards.

Meditation. The word is everywhere, even though people misuse it and misunderstand it. Folks think that it’s an activity. Yet, in order to use meditation fruitfully, it has to be exactly the opposite of activity. One wise teacher said, “Do nothing then rest afterward.” That’s closer to it.

To understand meditation and why it has a well-deserved reputation for promoting physical health, longevity, clear thinking and peace of mind, it helps to know what meditation isn’t. I’ve had scores of people over the years describe their so-called stress reduction methods and somehow refer to them as meditational. One guy told me he had “a handle on stress. Yep, I come home, pop a cold one, put my feet up and…

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My Two Cents

Let’s start with a little math, rounded up to the nearest number: There are four, 15-minute segments in each hour and 24 hours in a day. That means four times 24 or a total of 96, 15-minute segments each day. So, in round numbers, 15 minutes is one percent of your day. That means two 15-minute segments is roughly two percent of your day. Two cents, as they say. Remember that.

Your mind is indisputably the most powerful tool you have for making change in your life. Unless it starts in the mind, it’s not going to happen. Period. And doesn’t take a scientist to know we basically have two parts to our mind: an intellectual, analytical part called the…

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Heart on Fire

The last time I was at M’s Pub was about a month ago. It was after our work Christmas party and my friend and I had decided we were going to stretch this Sunday Fun-day out. So we hit our favorite haunts, making M’s our second stop.

After our first round of drinks, I decided to step outside for a smoke. My friend joined me, even though she doesn’t smoke. As we stood there chatting, we saw a woman bend over in the middle of the sidewalk. It took us a minute before we realized she was peeing. Right in the middle of the sidewalk.

About 30 seconds later, a large group of well-dressed business types fresh from a dinner…

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Water, water everywhere

Water will cease to be potable in the next five years. A previously unknown pathogen will find its way into our water supplies, and, despite our best efforts, will render drinking water unsafe. It will be something that cannot be boiled out or strained out, and will possibly be of extraterrestrial origin.

However, the pathogen will not be able to survive in alcoholic drinks. We will see the return of "small beer," a lightly alcoholic ale, for everyday drinking, even for children. Even milk, with its high water content, will be unsafe unless mixed with alcohol, and even children will grow up drinking fermented and intoxicating beverages.

For those whose religion forbids traditional alcohol, they will drink mead, made from…

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The Eyes Have It

Imagine we lived just about 100 years ago and I pulled you aside and said it was possible to touch a couple wires to your chest and tell you if you might have a heart attack. Not only that, show you how each heartbeat can trace a line on graph paper. You’d be skeptical. But within a couple years, the electrocardiograph machine would be doing just that.

Even today, most people probably don’t understand why or how such a common medical tool like the EKG works. Few would stop to consider such an essential diagnostic device is a perfect demonstration of the holistic nature of the human body. The fact that each heartbeat produces an electrical charge that can be…

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The end of time

There will be no future. By this, I mean that humans are about to undergo an enormous transition, in that we will cease to see time chronologically and ever pushing forward. Instead, we will experience a transformation of consciousness that sees all events happening simultaneously, and affecting each other. This sort of quantum understanding of time has long been the norm in science, but out of reach of daily human understanding.

This will radically change the way humans live their lives. We will become unmoored from the clock, and from lives as we now see them, as birth leading to life leading to death. Instead, our actions will all seem to take place simultaneously, as they must, without conscious will,…

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The persistence of poor decisions

The future will hold quite a few unpleasant surprises, and one of the biggest will be the persistence of comments made on social media. People who make thoughtless, ill-considered, or nakedly hateful comments will find themselves haunted by them for years. They will apply for jobs and not get hired, they will ask people out on dates and be rejected, and they will find themselves shunned by their social groups and not know why.

New businesses will develop a promise to scrub the web of embarrassing past commentary, but the service will be expensive and never 100 percent effective. Instead, people will slowly learn a simple lesson: Never write anything online that you won't be comfortable with people reading 20…

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