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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 28 excerpt)

July 08, 2022

Story 28 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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In India they trap monkeys with a bamboo cage. The cage has a small opening just large enough for the monkey's hand to slip through. They slide a banana through the hole and wait. The monkey smells the banana and twists his hand through the hole and grabs the banana. Success. Or so he thinks, until...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 31 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 27 excerpt)

July 01, 2022

Story 27 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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My father fought in WW2. This entailed sleeping in drafty and cold English castles on camp cots, followed by living in bivouacs as the regiment made its way from Normandy up the coast to Arnhem in Holland. He suffered from chronic back pain the rest of his life. He had his throat slit by an enemy agent in London,...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 18 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 26 excerpt)

June 24, 2022

Story 26 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Trauma can exact a pernicious hold on our mind. Victims often seek help in the form of group therapy or individual counseling. Members of Alcoholics Anonymous admit to feeling helpless in the face of their inability to overcome their addictions. They speak of themselves as survivors. They are to be commended for facing their trauma, seeing it for what it is.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 06 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 25 excerpt)

June 17, 2022

Story 25 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Mindfulness is very popular these days. Not long ago it made the cover of Time magazine. Library of Congress lists 4,063 titles that contain the word “mindful,” including Mindful Golf and Mindfulness and Murder. And therein lies the rub. The word has been commodified and monetized to such an extent as to obliterate its original meaning.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 13 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 24 excerpt)

June 10, 2022

Story 24 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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As a child, I did not seek out thrills or danger of any kind. I did not enjoy games or contests or practical jokes. I hated costume parties. I’d rather go for a walk with my friends or sit and talk and have tea. Even today, I really don’t need fun.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 13 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 23 excerpt)

June 03, 2022

Story 23 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia.” So wrote Richard Dawkins in Unweaving the Rainbow.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
2 minutes 41 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 22 excerpt)

May 27, 2022

Story 22 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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To repeat, all man’s problems stem from an inability to sit alone in a room in silence. However, Pascal omitted to say that sitting alone in silence in such a room is not easy. It can be so difficult, in fact, that it unbalances the mind.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
6 minutes 19 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 21 excerpt)

May 20, 2022

Story 21 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Marcus Aurelius, the great Stoic philosopher, makes it clear how important it is to be present: “The longest and shortest lives amount to the same, for the present moment is equal to everyone.” Just one mindful moment is all you need to stand firm against the habitual temptations to engage, to follow, to blindly react to greed, hatred, and delusion.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
4 minutes 19 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 20 excerpt)

May 13, 2022

Story 20 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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A few years after living as a monk in West Virginia, I stayed a while at Wat Pah Nanachat near the Mekong River in Ubon in Thailand. This was the real deal. A forest monastery with dhuthanga monks who adopted thirteen additional vows, including taking only one meal a day and practicing...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
5 minutes 34 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 19 excerpt)

May 06, 2022

Story 19 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I am waiting for Thich Nhat Hanh to write a follow-up book, How to Listen, to address the proliferation of PMPs (personal music players). Many young people walk everywhere, earbudded to all the music ever created, oblivious to the sounds around them and within them. They drown out...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2022
3 minutes 59 seconds

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