By letting go of harmful desire, I got more of the physical depth that I'd wanted before, yet the shapes of the poses barely mattered now. What did matter was how good it felt to just be with what is and let go of what isn't.
Both pride and greed are moral failings to avoid. Individuals, businesses and even nations may be trapped by pride into reckless behaviors and by greed into catastrophic overreaching. The ancient wisdom that calls us to avoid these attitudes is still true.
True happiness is a volatile subject that many people debate. It is often defined as a type of feeling that a person enjoys from their heart. But can money "buy" this type of feeling? Some people might agree.
Reagan, indefatigable Cold Warrior and conservative advocate for American strength, did not believe in torture, rendition, military tribunals, or in military strikes with a high risk of killing innocent civilians.
Please don't tell me that these reports in the business press touting Sallie Krawcheck as a front-runner for chairman of the SEC or even a possible candidate to be the next Treasury secretary are true.
The far right has gotten as far as it has by mislabeling just about everything in our world -- a phenomenon which went supernova in this year of "legitimate rape," "the apology tour," and "job creators."
Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.
We have never asked our children and grandchildren if they are willing to pay for our luxuries and we must be ashamed of delivering to them a country with huge debts, massive unemployment with severely damaged human values.
Will the parade of leaders who fail to fulfill their leadership responsibilities ever end? CEOs are public figures. Their actions are constantly being scrutinized inside and outside their organizations. For this reason their actions must be beyond reproach.
These examples demonstrate that emotional factors, as well as having incomplete facts and short-term thinking, will result in disaster. These mistakes have been repeated throughout recorded history and likely will continue into the future.
At a time of rising inequality, the marketization of everything means that people of affluence and people of modest means lead increasingly separate lives. You might call it the skyboxification of American life. It's not good for democracy, nor is it a satisfying way to live.
Something strange happens when a loved one dies and it's time to distribute the estate. No matter how close people are, money has the ability to widen wedges and force family members apart. Regardless of how those assets are distributed, someone will inevitably feel slighted.