essays

“Are you not entertained?”: boredom, silence, age, and youth

Teaching high school these days, I am often reminded of Maximus from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, imploring the crowd, “Are you not entertained?” I scan my students’ bored, simultaneously hopeful faces, and I want to tell them: as you turn older, your lives will become both more boring, but paradoxically more pleasurable; that’s if you’re lucky!… Continue reading “Are you not entertained?”: boredom, silence, age, and youth

Courses

Way of the Peaceful Warrior, part I

In this video, I define the peaceful warrior in contradistinction to the traditional warrior, inquire into the origins of each archetype, explore the cultural landscape in which they exist, and offer some common factors for why we might show up as each type of warrior. In the next video, I discuss practical techniques for how… Continue reading Way of the Peaceful Warrior, part I

Interview/Talk

Silence (meditation)

Silence is the key. Silence is what is there when all voices quiet down. Silence is the language of spirits. Humanity alone is incapable of healing. Spirits are what heal us in times of silence. Silence is at service of enlightenment. From enlightenment, all noise disappears. Silence is the language of love. All pain can… Continue reading Silence (meditation)