Category «Living Well»

Living to 120

How long do you hope to live? What do you imagine your life will be like at 60, at 80, at 100? While the long-term trends in longevity have been great (up from about 47 in 1900 to the upper 70’s in 2000, in the United States [1]), there also seems to be a widespread …

Freedom and Light Bulbs

In my recent post on patriotism, I spoke generally about the importance of American values. Certainly the most preeminent among these is Liberty. The most powerful issues and agendas of both the right and the left are based on freedom – with each side believing it’s standing for it, and the other side caricatured as …

Hanging On

Recently I’ve been thinking about the strong nostalgia I’ve always experienced for the rich places & experiences in my past. I remember longing for childhood play when I was a teen, so much nostalgia for my college life when I was a young adult (and even to this day), and nostalgia for the life I …

On Changing the Channel

“OK, let me pull up the results… just let me check…” Early March, 2013.  Amrita and I wait, eyes on each other, fully present, waiting as the doctor fumbles with her computer. “I’m sorry, the results aren’t here, would you excuse me for a minute?” She leaves, and we completely crack up.  We know what’s …

The “Problem” of How to Live Well

Recently in a group meditation, I realized that I place a huge value on “living well” – essentially on living the sort of life that I could be proud of, and satisfied with, when I die. But there are so many different ways to interpret this. There are at least three major dimensions to living …

Hesitation, in Each Moment

I’ve always had a tendency towards procrastination – to put off something challenging that I want or need to do, in favor of something I’m more immediately excited about. But I’ve just discovered a new form at work in my life; I’m calling it “micro-procrastination”. It’s that moment of hesitation, before doing anything that feels …