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 at Kripalu Part 2

This was the first trip to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for Maria and I. It is one of those legendary institutions, like Esalen and Omega, and we didn’t know what to expect. We weren’t disappointed. The 350-acre campus overlooks Lake Mahkeenac and is just down the road from Tanglewood in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. The grounds are immaculate and beautifully landscaped. The lodging is functional/no frills, but comfortable enough. (We didn’t spend much time there, save to sleep.) The seminar we presented was “Tai Chi Alchemy: Get Out of Your Head and Into the Game.” We… Read More

RB @ SCS (part 2)

I was excited to present this stuff to the Society for Consciousness Studies Conference at Yale. For many of you, this is what I have been saying and writing about for years, but it’s brand new to a non-martial artist group like this. Most of the presentations were Power Point lectures on rarified topics, delivered from an academic perspective. What I wanted to do was to show how shifting states of consciousness in real time affects the physicality of those involved. I needed some demonstrations that were big enough to be obvious to the audience. In Finding You in a… Read More

Rick and Jonathan Rock the SCS Conference at Yale

The Society for Consciousness Studies is a professional scholarly organization that honors quality in all authentic scholarly and practicing traditions. It also celebrates the many dimensions of the liberal arts that are embraced and enriched by the study of consciousness. This conference is sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in cooperation with The Graduate Institute of CT and Yale University. I cribbed the above from their website. It says it all. Except the part where my good friend Jonathan Bricklin and I were invited to present to this impressive group. It is organized by the wonderful Allan… Read More

It’s a Good Day to Die

Faolan left us recently. Fifteen years is a nice run for a dog that size. Arthritis made climbing stairs a real chore for him, and took a lot of the joy out of the things he liked to do. But even up to the day before he passed, he made the climb to soak up some spring sun in the backyard. He would still eagerly greet you at the door, tail wagging vigorously. And would eagerly devour roasted butternut squash with the manic intensity of a four year old eating ice cream. For the last month or so, he would… Read More