Mark Wyner’s Journal

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I like to talk endlessly about anything related to soccer, the cosmos, and making our corner of it a better place to be, which may tickle your fancy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper.

Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either.

If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. Without sunshine, the forest cannot grow. In fact, nothing can grow without sunshine. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper. And if we continue to look, we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see wheat. We know the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. The logger’s father and mother are in it too.

When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist. We cannot point out one thing that is not here—time, space, the earth, the rain, the minerals in the soil, the sunshine, the cloud, the river, the heat. Everything co-exists with this sheet of paper. This sheet of paper is, because everything else is.

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, August 10, 2014

This video is a fantastically illustrated and animated introduction to the orchestrators of a movement to propel NASA forward. The organization, Penny for NASA, is founded on a powerful segment of a powerful speech by Neil deGrasse Tyson in which he references that America only allocates half of one penny from every tax dollar to NASA.

I for one am so looking forward to that penny, remembering what it’s like to be kids, exploring open fields, mini forests, and shallow caves. Only this journey extends our species as a whole. It serves more than as a spark of emotion and imagination, but as a spark of life. The rewards of expansion into space unites us. With it, we abandon our genocidal grip of our citizenship of our cities, countries, and continents, and become citizens of the human race.

Space exploration is paramount to our evolution and our survival. Isn’t that worth a penny?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Releasing your intentions and desires in the gap means planting them in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and expecting them to bloom when the season is right. You do not want to dig up the seeds of your desires to see if they are growing, or get rigidly attached to the way in which they will unfold. You simply want to release them.

—Deepak Chopra (excerpt from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.

—Dali Lama

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind.

—Elly Roselle

Friday, July 18, 2014

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

—Lao Tzu

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