One morning I awoke with pain in my neck.
I shrugged it off, reasoning that it was likely just a short-term kink.
The next morning I awoke with a similar pain.
Again, I engaged my habitual response to discomfort and thought little of it.
This pattern continued, but after a week there was worry that something was wrong, and the worry was strong enough to call me to action.
The first thing I did was Google “Neck Pain.” Continue reading Pain in the neck
My joy is like spring so warm, it makes flowers bloom all over the earth,
My pain is like a river of tears, so vast it fills the four oceans,
Please call me by my true names, so that I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
So I can see, that my joy and pain are one.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
During my junior year of college I was introduced to Led Zeppelin. I had listened to music before, but this band transformed my experience of merely listening with the ears to actually hearing with my whole body. I had their Greatest Hits CD (this was before Spotify, and even iTunes didn’t yet carry Zeppelin), and for my birthday my girlfriend at the time bought me the entire Led Zeppelin collection. Whoa; celebration day! With so much music at my fingertips, a question arose: how can I maximize my experience of listening to all this music? Continue reading Zeppelin, timing, and the desire for control