I was honored to speak at the 3rd Annual Conference on Spirituality and Psychology in Bangkok on 14-Mar-18. My presentation was entitled. “Centerpath, A New Metaphysical Description of Being”.
A wide cross-section of international experts in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, holistic medicine, religion, and spiritualism were in attendance.
It was rare treat to sit amongst a group of such talented, open minded, intellectual, and spiritually charged professionals.
I learned a great many new insights. Not only, the highly interactive Q&A following my presentation let me know the ideas of Centerpath resonate with a wide range of professions which is always a satisfying experience.
Anytime I see something truly great, I’m stirred on several levels.
Whether it be a Van Gogh painting, Walt Whitman poem, Bach or Beethoven symphony, a flower, a person being genuinely kind—true greatness touches something deep down in each of us and reminds us there are higher planes we can ascend to.
One such experience for me recently was watching Blade Runner 2049. It’s cinematography, sound track, images, story, mythical explorations, and questions it raises related to individuality, our species, and what it means to be human—are of the highest art and will surely prove a long-term classic.
As is always the case, such beginnings always inspire more greatness. If you want to go deeper on some of the delightful undercurrents flowing through this work of high art, check out this phenomenal philosophical critique of the movie and its essential questions of what it means to be human.
A great way to cultivate the experience of living in the HERE AND NOW is to pick up paper and pen, and sketch something in your surroundings.
Think about it. What more efficient way to slow down time, and become one with your surroundings than through the practice of sitting quietly, and staring intently at something close to you.
Attached are three of my sketches. Not great by any means but rewarding and especially as it relates to this discussion; helped me stop time, and capture the moment I was in and thereby help me experience the HERE AND NOW.
As an added benefit, practicing the HERE and NOW (through sketching) cultivates effects similar to meditation and mindfulness (and in fact, provides a great foundation to those that ultimately want to take up meditation).
Give it a try! You’ll be glad you did!
P.S. a word of encouragement to the discouraged—don’t allow yourself to fall into the normal “I can’t do it trap”. You know what I mean, the typical excuse to ourselves that we can’t sketch because we don’t have talent or don’t know how.
Don’t forget learning to walk, mathematics, and riding a bike took time! So keep practicing and trying (and/or take lessons). You will not only come to appreciate the value in creating something of your own, but also the value of slowing down time and more intimately experiencing the world about you—i.e. live in the HERE AND NOW.