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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July 26, 2014
I started thinking about alternative lifestyles years ago when I read a book on macrobiotics. Its eighteenth-century inventor, Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland, believed his grain-based regimen was, ‘a science aimed at prolonging and perfecting life.’ What attracted me was the book’s Japanese spin, for the unspoken rule of the early seventies was, ‘Eastern is authentic.’ My…continue …