The Naked Monk is about you as much as me. Here’s what we have in common: we can’t wrap yourself in paper-thin consumerism, sad old religions or the shiny new age. We have no way to hide our anxieties, no beliefs to dress up in. We respect science but feel that life is an art. We know that all truths are small-t, that life’s purpose is only what we make it. We’re reflective. We feel the ground constantly shifting beneath our feet. We may be into mindfulness, though I call it mindful reflection. You may be into Buddhism, and I was once a monk. We care passionately about life and want to pursue more than just fame and fortune. The more connected we are, the more we need to reflect. That means exposing ourselves to doubt.
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December 19, 2014
Christmas is an ancient festival. The twelve-day celebration around the winter solstice is not a Christian invention. It used to be the Pagan Yule—also a twelve-day feast—and before that, who knows? It’s a natural holiday for all cultures. There’s the Roman Saturnalia, the Chaomos of the Kalash Kafir people and the Asian Dōngzhì, to mention…continue …