Everything listed under: Movies and Books

  • Don't Believe Your Thoughts

    At the end of his liberating, must-read book, The End of Your World, Adyashanti does an interview with Tami Simon. He identifies the difference of his enlightened state is that he no longer believes the thoughts he has. Adyashanti (2008) explains, "I have no control over what thoughts appear, but I can’t believe that the thought is real or true or significant." He describes that as, "the experience of freedom." So the key to freedom is simply to not believe your thoughts.

  • Are you the next 'Outlier'?

    I had the good fortune to read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell over the holidays. (Amazon Link) Actually I listened to the audio book (Gladwell reads it). It is one of the few brooks I would recommend to everyone.

  • The Steve Jobs Overhaul

    I recently finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (here). Actually, I listened to it as an audio book (here) while I was driving. I highly recommend it if you've not read it.

  • Heroes Challenge Fate in The Adjustment Bureau

    Matt Damon's character encounters The Adjustment Bureau while pursuing the girl of his dreams. Apparently, human-kind can no longer be trusted with free will. The adjustment bureau intervenes for damage control to ensure that our choices have the desired effect on the world.

  • Case 39 and Calling Out Your Fear

    I watched Case 39 with Renée Zellweger over the weekend. I really liked the way they set it up. I don't want to ruin the movie- because I do recommend watching it.

  • "Fear Builds Walls"

    "Fear"  and then... "Builds Walls" was projected on the wall at the Rogers Waters performance of The Wall at the Tacoma Dome Saturday night. The Wall was initially performed by Pink Floyd over thirty years ago in Los Angeles.

  • "The Hereafter" Characters Follow Their Passion

    I recommend seeing the movie, The Hereafter (Warner Brothers trailer link)- directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon. It addresses some powerful emotional issues and how people work through them extremely well. It is emotionally intense and is not for those looking for a light night of adventure and entertainment.

  • Movie "Brothers" shows Complex Ways that War Affects

    I just watched the movie Brothers on DVD (see trailer). It does an excellent job of showing how war affects people's lives back home. If you have not seen it, I really recommend it- that is when you are up for an emotionally intense movie.

  • Touched by "Avatar"? You too can be "Na'vi"

    I finally saw Avatar. If you have not seen it, you have to go. It depicted the connection to the planet, animals, and the clan extremely well.

  • Time for a Couples Retreat?

    I saw the movie Couples Retreat www.couplesretreatmovie.com over the weekend. Although I found the movie to be a bit silly (and funny), it illustrated the value of a retreat. All four couples disengage from the kids, work, routines, and patterns in their lives and and are left with each other to deal with.