October 29, 2008
You’ve got 30 min
I was walking to lunch (I like walking to lunch. We should treat lunch as a mini vacation from our busy day) and saw this sign: “You’ve got 30 min” on the front of Domino’s. I had a mini- enlightenment and I said to it, “I’ve got eternity.” This is a very successful slogan because we live busy lives, doing busy things. Domino can give us time. We all know that time can not be given. But anyways, let’s accept this 30 minutes that Domino has given us. If Domino can give us 30 minutes, why not eternity? Domino’s business premise is that people are only willing to wait certain amount of time to eat, to satisfy their hunger and 30 seems about right. Also 30 minutes allows the physical mechanics of vehicles in space-time to deliver the goods. One’s location to the nearest Domino is calculated. If in the future, this delivery time can be cut down to, say, 10 minutes, then we have ten minutes. Successful business model always attempts to cut down this time from desire to delivery: itunes, Amazon ebooks, Netflix, and others. What do we usually do with the 30 minutes? Maybe we are watching TV and then maybe see the Domino spot on the TV. Maybe if we are lucky and the pizza arrives just as the Domino spot is on the TV appears and that would be synchronicity in a smaller, baser levels. What would be weirder is if we saw the Domino spot on TV and had a wishing, a desire for a Pizza, and that Domino’s pizza arrived at our door at that exact moment with the perfect selection of our favorite five toppings. That would be weirder and more meaningful. I think that in the future T.V. will have this ability to read our desires and intentions and deliver it instantly to our doors the material things we want. (Home Shopping Networks, or itune’s Genius which remembers and recomends the type of music and songs that you’ve listened to.) The technology is there. After all, a thought is just energy and information. I could have activated this post so that a mere mention of the word Domino, and the ad would appear somewhere on the margin with a logo and a click, your favorite pizza that you had ordered last week would arrive in thirty minutes. This is known as the Domino Effect. One thing leads to another, cause and effect, etc. How about a cell phone that would enable credit card payment so that a call to order also pays for it? This is great. The technology is out there to satisfy our basest of desire to support this synchronicity. But of course, this is not what Carl Jung and others have been talking about. They are talking about greater destiny for human beings. They are talking about the eternity that we all can dip into briefly from time to time, to go beyond space and time, to connect to the universe. Of course we have more stronger and more meaningful desires then a pizza. I hope we do. This pizza episode attempts to illustrate the ways synchronicity works at the material levels. Our technologies this day and age help organize our intentions much more quicker the before. If we want to go to Bali, a plane takes us there quicker, it’s easier to order the tickets, etc. The technology is helping us organize our intentions much more quicker then before, let’s say. This can also be dangerous as we all know the temptations for buying on-line, the instantaneous fulfillment of our material desire. (itune or other mp3 services. We are buying into energy and information. Ebooks, same idea.) We know the dangers of home shopping networks. But these material things are not eternal. Let’s use this technology for a greater good and send our intentions out to the universe for a better collective world. You’ve got eternity! What will you do with yours?
When the door bell rings, we are enlighten and remember to breathe in and breathe out, to be mindful and tip the delivery person a dollar. We are practicing our generosity, our gratitude and we share this day our daily bread.
This coming Sunday, I’m told, we (in North America) will turn our clocks back one hour (Fall Back, Spring ahead). Yes, we are then given another hour! Some of us will be turning the clocks back to eternity.
October 14, 2008
Over the weekend, I had an experience of a Root Canal which last night caused me to gain some insight into pain. It caused a little bit of insomnia and made me understand the nature of insomnia too. I was thinking of what I was going to say. I rushed head-long into the future. My body was on the bed but my mind was with the blog, but first, the Root Canal. I have been reading Eckhart Tolle’s book ‘The Power of Now’. Basically, it’s about the concept of time as in the now. It’s funny that we don’t think of spending time in the Now. We are busy worrying about the future and regret the past. These are two concepts of time that preoccupies us. We worry about projects, where we have to be etc. Now is also a time concept but it is also a much harder concept to grasp. Now is especially hard to practice in the time of multiple tabs browsing, and multi-tasking.
I was worried and became anxious of the appointment already weeks before and now in the car driving in the 6 a.m. fog. But the fog also taught me a lesson. It didn’t allow me to look too far into the future. I just had to worry a few hundred feet ahead of me. I was worrying about how much I had to pay and the pain it would cost me. All that worry disappears as I sit in the chair, when the long needle injects the numbness into the gum. I felt the cold drop of liquid from the syringe. “This is going to hurt a little,” she said. The root canal is not performed in the future or the past. It is performed in the now. I was sitting in a chair not moving. I might as well be tied down. All of my energy is focus on that tooth. I had to control my breathing, but not too much control but a relaxed breathing. I thought about the future briefly and I started to choke on my own saliva because I forgot to swallow. I was anxious for it to be over so that I can go out to the sunshine. I was not living in that moment. But I had to live in that moment to get through to go into the sunshine again. Doctor Adjaj was my Indian mystic and dentist. The assistant is also a Gypsy mystic from Romania, although they did not know that they perform these roles for me. We were practicing in a three person Sangha of meditation in the moment of now. The Gypsy informed me that the tool is hot. Smoke came out of my mouth. She handed him the paper pointer. He wore a plastic ring with pyramid foam to hold all of the pointed metal drills. The procedure of root canal is so specialized. This is what he does all day. They even have a special name for people like him call Endodontist. He uses all the elements of air, water, fire, gel, and compounds. The procedure is to go into the root of the tooth deep down and suck out all of the nerves that are dying, some even have become abscess. The procedure is painful to remove the pain. But once it’s done, the tooth can survive, with less feeling and almost dead. His work is like a sand painting of the Tibetan monks. He can’t take it home and put it on a wall, nor does he care to. Once it is done, the work belongs to me and I walk out into the world. I was so admiring my Mystic Adjaj until he said, “Is someone going to help us with the X-Ray or we’ll never gonna get out of here.” Already, he was thinking about the future.
I thought this is a perfect metaphor for looking at pain and suffering in life. We all have to perform this root canal on our being, our soul sometimes. We have to dig deep down into the root and remove, drop the emotions and some of the illusions, our misinterpreted perceptions in order for our life to survive. It is like we are not aware of the tooth until it begins to hurt. I can tell you all about it but you will not feel it until you have gone through it. That is the moment of now which makes it real for you. Sometimes children can’t understand it because they have not suffered enough, they have not grown a wisdom tooth, nor have a root canal. When we were children we didn’t have such concepts as suffering much. It is like a tooth. Teeth can survive a fire, and even death. It is the living that decays it: the sugar, the food, and the bacteria of life that destroy it.
I lost some sleep thinking about this post. And I don’t know if it was worth it.
October 3, 2008
October 1, 2008
PhotoKina recently announced a slew of amazing new digital cameras, some known as micro 4/3, which is making Digital SLR smaller and smaller and pushing the mega pixel up and up. The good news is that the digital cameras of lower resolutions and slower shutter speed camera are on the used market for a very good price. I purchased this Nikon Coolpix E990 from Goodwill for $30. It take four AA batteries. The compact card and reader costs more. E990 has a magnesium body not plastic. In 2001, Time magazine awarded this model as the product of the year. It was the first 3. mega pixel under $1000. I’m amazed with the macro lens. It’s tricky to get it into macro mode but not impossible. The results are satisfactory. It picks up the fine hair line fiber caught between the nib gap. (I really need to clean this nib! The ink has corroded the once gold ring.) I also used the White Balance to measure the white surface to adjust to the typical white office lights. The camera performs well under low light interiors and had a soft tone without the flash.