Society for Consciousness Studies Conference 2017

I will be appearing at The Society for Consciousness Studies Conference 4pm on June 3 at The Graduate Institute in New Haven. Here is Part One of my address at the Conference in 2015. And here is preview of my notes for next Saturday’s presentation. (It could change, but probably not much.)   Presentation: “Finding You in a World of It”   Rick Barrett Notes: Society for Consciousness Studies Conference, June 3, 2017 Yale University/The Graduate Institute, New Haven, CT     “The nameless was there before the sky and the earth were born. The named is the mother of… Read More

Taste Your Food, Dammit!

Ooh, a donut! I see them beautifully arrayed on a tray and they are calling to me. My mind is immediately awash in the epic donuts from my youth. Sometimes my friends and I would drive thirty miles to Meadville from Franklin to catch the “Spudnuts” as they rolled down the conveyor belt at midnight, still hot and moist and deliriously good. I order a French cruller and coffee and eagerly bite in. Disappointment! It tastes nothing like the heroic donuts of my halcyon memories. I stuff it in my mouth out of habit, but grudgingly. This one falls way… Read More

Unhitched and Untethered

I watched a lot of westerns when I was a kid. Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, Wild Bill Hickok, Have Gun Will Travel…the list goes on. It was a staple of our meager television diet when there were only three channels available and the world was seen in black and white. One thing always puzzled me as I watched this feast of oatburners. The cowpoke would ride up to the saloon and would loop the reins over the hitching post to park his horse. No sailors knot required. Not even a granny knot. Just once around that post and this half-ton… Read More

Tai Chi Alchemy Comes to Kripalu, March 18-20

This is one you won’t want to miss: Maria and I will be teaching “Tai Chi Alchemy: Get Out of Your Head and Into the Game,” at Kripalu Yoga in Lenox, MA, March 18-20. Kripalu has been hosting extraordinary programs for the past 40 years, and (the catalog says) is “the largest and most established retreat center for yoga, health, and holistic living in North America.” This is a rare opportunity to get an adult dose of what we’ve been cooking up for the past 35 years (it’s still simmering on the stove). Lately, we’ve been refining the process to make… Read More

Now That’s a Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you have been enjoying the holidays and that they have been filled with Love and Light. We had a full house for Christmas for the the first time in a few years, and we had a blast. My granddaughter, Kiara, is seven now and she wanted the NYC tour. We didn’t do it all, but she got an adult dose of the Big Apple. The weather was crazy warm (mid-70s one day) and that brought some unexpected guests–mosquitos! I’m serious. Mosquitos at Christmas! Lots of them. (One persons suggested that they were imported with the… Read More