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Engineering and Leonardo da Vinci

Engineering and Leonardo da Vinci

“The Practice of Engineering” Leonardo [da Vinci] took an artist’s vision into science. He understood that science, as much as painting, has to find the design of nature in her detail. He gave science what was (and is!) most needed: The artist’s sense that the detail...

Giving it to You Straight

Giving it to You Straight

Where violence is concerned, I think both men and women want people to give it to them straight. As much fun as I have engaging in and teaching life-preservation techniques, lives are truly changed when people start to gain a better understanding of violence as it...

God Loves You

God Loves You

Friend… God loves you. He loves you not because you’re a well-behaved person but because He’s so prodigally extravagant and inexpressively good that He cannot help but love you. At the risk of sounding blasphemous (and I pray you see the spirit behind what I’m about...

Self-knowledge, a meditation

Self-knowledge, a meditation

Self-knowledge (the primary form [see Note below]), a meditation… Note: There are, essentially, two kinds of self-knowledge: 1/The Primary Form, which I discuss in this mediation. And... 2/The Secondary Form, with has to do with how well a person understands his [or...

The Eradication of Sin

The Eradication of Sin

In many of the church circles in which I move these days, there’s much talk about God’s love (as there should be!) and the identity we now have in Christ (also, as there should be!). Yes, of course (!!), we’re loved by God! And, yes, of course (!!), we’re New...

When I Die, I will Not Go with Death

When I Die, I will Not Go with Death

This is my response to the following quote by Sengai [see Note at the end of this post]: When I die, “I will not go with death…” Earlier in life, I thought I was unattached (and that I should strive always to be and remain unattached) to the continuing of my life, but...

I Am an Unfolding Event

I Am an Unfolding Event

Anthropologically, I am A Human Being. I am also—in this very moment—An Unfolding Event. My life is—and will forever be—an ever-expanding, never-ending (that is, eternal) stream of unfolding events.

No

No

The older I get the more “No” I say. These days, I say “No” to a lot of really good things. I do that, so I can say “Yes” to great things. This is the overarching philosophy behind true minimalism. A minimalist is NOT just someone who lives with less. A true...

Speaking with a Tender-hearted Preciseness

Speaking with a Tender-hearted Preciseness

We live in an age saturated by hyperbole and verbal imprecision. Sinking ever deeper into the quagmire of group-think, ill-informed labeling, and inanely voiced opinions based in half-truth, egregious polemics, and lack-luster social analysis, our culture has somehow...

The Mantric Prayer of the Beloved

The Mantric Prayer of the Beloved

Jesus… O Living, Illuminating, and Loving God… Y-you’ve loved me with an everlasting love, and Y-you’ve drawn me with unfailing kindness. Y-you, O Living, Illuminating, and Loving God, are enough; and Y-your Grace [see definition below], O Living, Illuminating, and...

A Meditation on Violence (Giving it to You Straight)

A Meditation on Violence (Giving it to You Straight)

Where violence is concerned, I think, women [and men] want people to give it to them straight. As much fun as I have engaging in and teaching techniques, lives are changed when people start to gain a better understanding of violence as it could be used as a tool...

Being a Small Creature

Being a Small Creature

So, you're small. That's okay. Did you know small creatures can inflict great damage on big creatures? A few examples are as follows: · Bees · Spiders · Snakes · House cats · Small dogs Here's an assignment: Study the above, and learn one or two ways (from each) in...

My Life-quest

My Life-quest

Counting the days, weeks, months, or even years in training is as pointless as counting the grains of sand in a sandbox. MY LIFE-QUEST… in training in and through the following holy grails of wisdom-practice… 1/Revelliousness… 2/Meditative Prayer (and prayerful...

My Training Mantra

My Training Mantra

I am and am becoming Uncommon Amongst Uncommon People, Unorthodox Amongst Unorthodox People, and Unreasonable Amongst Unreasonable People. In partnership with Jesus, I am in a state of constant, iron-grinding war with the echoes and residuals of my crucified—and,...

A Question and an Answer

A Question and an Answer

Question: If the path of least resistance is, ultimately, the path of anguish and failure, what comprises the path of conquest and triumph? Answer: The path that promises [offers, provides] the greatest resistance. My Conclusion to the Matter: Therefore, I will GO,...

A Warrior, a Meditation

A Warrior, a Meditation

A warrior practices everything. He [or she] relinquishes his pride, he lays down his efforts to orchestrate his life, he cleans up his habits and rituals, he lets go of his attachments, he becomes increasingly mindful of his emotional states and of his connection to...

Radical Acceptance, a Meditation

Radical Acceptance, a Meditation

Accept, choose, and embrace what is and whatever arises with enlightened wisdom—that is, without judgment, without resistance, without attachment. Welcome it with unconditional friendliness. Forgive eagerly, completely, and freely all those who’ve hurt you in your...

Me vs Me

Me vs Me

Like many people, I love competition. Actually, I thrive on it. (But maybe not in the way you might think.) Sure, in all my training partner relationships, we compete against each other (and do so all the time). But it's really very friendly, and I care very little if...

What I Do Everyday

What I Do Everyday

Every day, I pursue revelliously and reveliently the evolution of my being. I do this by looking and listening, and by training at my limits—not just physically but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. To get what I want, I pay the price in every moment of...

Tranquility Vs. Toil and Chasing After the Wind

Tranquility Vs. Toil and Chasing After the Wind

In Ec 4:6, Solomon penned the following words: “It is better to have one handful with tranquility than two with toil and chasing after the wind." See? Minimalism (or maximalism [see Note below] is NOT a new concept. It's a philosophic approach to life that's been...

Four “Traveling, Mantralike, Prayers”

Four “Traveling, Mantralike, Prayers”

I'm a huge fan of praying all the time. Sometimes, I use words. When I'm moving about and decide to use words, I often go with one or more of what I call "My Traveling Prayers." Traveling prayers are memorized prayers that I just pray over and over again in a...

The Practice of Practicing Everything

The Practice of Practicing Everything

What would your life be like if everything you did was just for practice? And not just to prepare for some future performance or competition, but to experience the simple joy that comes from working at a skill, be it sinking a jump shot, finishing a piece of...

My Papa

My Papa

The My Papa Prayer [see Note below] Note: Again, this is just a synthesized (and expanded) rendering of the Words of Jesus from The Lord’s Prayer (aka The Our Father Prayer ) recorded in Mt 6:9-13 and Lk 11:2-4. Jesus to Me [minus (in this instance) quotations]: Dave…...

Self-knowledge, a Meditation

Self-knowledge, a Meditation

It’s been said that the highest form of human knowledge is self-knowledge. I both agree with and disagree with this statement. My disagreement lies, mostly, with the stopping of the argument at the general (and exquisitely broad) category of “self-knowledge.” To...

Faith, a Meditation…

Faith, a Meditation…

What is faith? Faith is the yielding—the Trinity-breathed, Trinity-ordained yielding—of oneself to God in and through the organic (that is, the naturally supernatural or supernaturally natural) consent of one’s absolute belief. The soul drive of faith is to breed...

I will Not Go with Death

I will Not Go with Death

When I die, “I will not go with death [Sengai (spoken when he was on his death bed)]…” Earlier in life, I thought I was unattached (and that I should strive always to be and remain unattached) to the continuing of my life, but these thoughts were not true. Why? Well,...

A Poem Based in Psalm 32:3-5

A Poem Based in Psalm 32:3-5

Verse 1: When I kept silent and allowed the evilness dwelling illegally within me to eagerly plow and then seed-sow (with death) the fields of my heart, my frame grew old and, through long days of deep mourning, wasted within me. REFRAIN: O, Holy, Glorious, and...

Slaying the Dragon

Slaying the Dragon

In the martial arts, we train for several things. Among them, to be able to come to our or another's defense. The techniques we train in are for defense, not bullying. Any time we venture past defense, we tread a treacherous path. Yes, there are times when the dragon...

Eliminating Your Subtle Aggressions Against Your Body

Eliminating Your Subtle Aggressions Against Your Body

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of The Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies. —1Co 6:19-20 Subtle: Challenging (or difficult) to understand or...

A Prayer for Wholeness in My Environment

A Prayer for Wholeness in My Environment

Lord Jesus Christ… Nearly everything around me has become polluted and been made toxic—literally. The air I breathe; the water I drink; the food I eat; and the environments in which I live, move, breathe, and experience my personhood [beingness] have all been affected...

The Psalm 70:1 Prayer (and a little more)

The Psalm 70:1 Prayer (and a little more)

Ps 70:1… O God [Elohiym: The Master of Forces], come to my assistance [natsal: to snatch away, at all, defend, deliver self, escape, without fail, part, pluck]; O LORD [YHVH: The Name of Existence], make haste [chuwsh: to hasten, make haste; figuratively, to be eager...

Assume the Worst (Martial Arts Post)

Assume the Worst (Martial Arts Post)

When under attack, assume your assailant means either to end your life (and the lives of those around you) or to cause you (and those around you) great harm. Assume he's heavily armed with multiple weapons (knives, a gun, fists, feet, knees, etc.); and assume, too, he...

Life and Work

Life and Work

Work here in the west is, typically, so different from what I’ve witnessed (and experienced directly) in other cultures. It was through my exposure to some of those cultures, as well as those many times when I went up north to live with the monks, that I discovered...

Cultural Touch-me-nots (aka, Immutable Truths)

Cultural Touch-me-nots (aka, Immutable Truths)

Hello friends... What's provided below is a partial list of truths that our current (and predominant) western culture will not acknowledge as being true. In fact, our culture will do whatever "it" can to silence those who espouse such truths (or, if you're among them,...

A Daily Prayer for Our Day

A Daily Prayer for Our Day

Hello, friends... We live in very difficult and uncertain times. As a friend of mine recently said to me, "Dave... it's becoming harder and harder to be a human in our day." Like you, I look at what's going on in the world around me, and I feel perplexed; and, at...

Silence and Stillness… A Meditation

Silence and Stillness… A Meditation

Silence—the extended ear of deep attentiveness, quietness, and gentleness—is golden. Why? you ask. Because it is in being and becoming silent that we can hear God breathing us and speaking us into continuing existence and enduring health, uprightness, and...

Prayer… A Definition

Prayer… A Definition

To put it succinctly, prayer is “life shared with God.” Prayer is God sharing His Life with us and His partaking of, participating in, and enjoying our life; and prayer is also our responsive sharing of our life with God and our partaking of, participating in, and...

My Desiderata

My Desiderata

Greetings, friends... I wrote this list of meditative aspirations about two months after my late wife, Brenda Hollis (9/29/66-6/3/02), passed away on June 3, 2002. It’s a list of the things I wanted in life at the time. Now, more than twenty-one years later, most of...

Speaking the Truth with Tender-hearted Precision

Speaking the Truth with Tender-hearted Precision

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." --Mark Twain So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of...

An Introduction to the Practice of Scripture Amplification

An Introduction to the Practice of Scripture Amplification

Greetings friends... I'm excited to share with you today's blog post subject: The Practice of Scripture Amplification. Scripture Amplification is a way of expanding out a portion of Scripture in a way that feels meaningful while still remaining faithful to who God is...

Spiritual Anorexia

Spiritual Anorexia

All of us are starving for God; this is a fact. I would surmise, though, that many of us are suffering from a kind of spiritual anorexia [see definition below]. Because we feed so infrequently upon God and His Word, we no longer feel our hunger for Him or our hunger...

Ultimate Vulnerability: An Open Letter to a Friend

Ultimate Vulnerability: An Open Letter to a Friend

Greetings, friends... I first wrote this letter almost ten years ago. I wrote it to myself and to a few other people I was thinking of at the time. Have you ever written yourself a letter before? Maybe after reading this, you'll write something to your own heart that...

Solitude

Solitude

Solitude… While such a word can conjure images of mountainside cabins and far off, secluded places, far more often than not, solitude has little to do with whether we're around people or not. In fact, true solitude has nothing to do with the presence, or lack thereof,...

Intercessorial Listening

Intercessorial Listening

For many of us, prayer can feel intimidating. Especially when we start talking about lofty prayer concepts like intercession, supplication, and prayer and fasting. I’d like to invite you to approach intercession in a way that may feel a little different from the ways...

How to Change the World – Part Two

How to Change the World – Part Two

Greetings, friends... This is Part Two of--and the conclusion to--the small blog series I began last week. From Part One (last week)... Instead of trying to change the world to make it better for you (or to just give you a break), why not focus on trying to change you...

How to Change the World – Part One

How to Change the World – Part One

Greetings, friends… Both today’s and next week’s posts will be difficult to read... and to consider... and to implement. I'm just warning you ahead of time! -- Many people want to change the world. While, on the surface, such a goal might seem laudable, I don't think...

The Earth is My Teacher

The Earth is My Teacher

Greetings, friends... I'd like to begin this post with a passage out of the Old Testament: Job (speaking for God) to his friend, Zophar [see Job 12:8]: "Speak to the land, and it will teach you." I'm often saddened by how those in the church--primarily in...

LIVING THE LIFE OF A GENERALIST

LIVING THE LIFE OF A GENERALIST

When I look at nature (including humanity), it's the generalists (and not necessarily the specialists) that seem to come out on top. The coywolf, the frog, and the U.S. Navy SEAL are near perfect examples of this hypothesis. ​ Strive to become a generalist by...

THE TRAINING TRINITY

THE TRAINING TRINITY

In the Temple Elements of Jiin Senshi Do, we train in three overlapping training arenas, what I call The Training Trinity: Martial Arts Practice, Holistic Life Discipline, and Meditative Prayer. Martial Arts Practice: Training should always begin with the body....

TO LIVE IS CHRIST

TO LIVE IS CHRIST

But we have this Treasure (that is, Jesus) in jars of clay (our personhood—individually and collectively) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. [2Co 4:7 (expanded rendering).] My fallen nature was crucified with Y-you, Jesus. It has been...