Social anxiety cheat code: ask “dumb” questions

Growing up, my favorite quote was this, which I misattributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” What a miserable way to look at the world. I’ve spent most of life trying to appear intelligent, clever, on top of things, “with it.” …

What the Buddha’s near-death experience teaches us about hustling too hard

Despite the Republican Party’s insistence that anyone who struggles to pay the bills must be lazy, Americans are a striving bunch. Not because of anything essential about us, but because of the way our society is organized. Capitalism forces those not lucky enough to be born wealthy to spend more time working for a living …

Why meditate if it’s difficult?

Life is hard, especially in a capitalist society. The vast majority of us are only valued for our time and energy — our labor — and not for our creativity and passion. And even that doesn’t buy us the stability, community, and free time we all yearn for. Markets crash, the rent keeps going up, and we feel further …