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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 92 excerpt)

March 25, 2023

Story 92 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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In the center of Igatpuri village is a street market. Vendors sit at stalls and sell their produce. Because every vendor sits in the same location, everyone knows what they sell. So all they need announce is the price. They don’t try to out shout one another. They take turns. This creates a sort of chant, a back and forth. Except for the Hindi, it’s a revival meeting in rural Alabama. At the main corner of the market are the banana sellers. First time there, I thought “do rupee” was the Hindi word for banana....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
2 minutes 56 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 91 excerpt)

March 22, 2023

Story 91 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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We needn't pause to figure out our next step in life. Life, real life, is there in the pause, in the quagmire of conflicting choices. We then choose one route and look for signs that this is the correct way to go. No doubt. “I have a good feeling about this” is more a sense of relief about finally choosing one route than a certainty that this route has been swept clean and is devoid of IEDs. Even the best choices cough up hairballs of unforeseen consequences.

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
4 minutes 04 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 90 excerpt)

March 18, 2023

Story 90 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Most everyone is possessed by their possessions. I know people who are owned by their pets. I know others who build heated garages for their prized automobiles. My aunt bequeathed me an old rocking chair to which she added the caveat that I never change its mauve covering. In those years, I moved almost every year and carried that rocker to each apartment until its springs went and you couldn't sit in it without receiving a full rectal examination. And if you think about it almost everyone carries within themselves their own version of the mauve rocker,...

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
4 minutes 32 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 89 excerpt)

March 15, 2023

Story 89 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I remember a Sayadaw (respected teacher) who lived in a remote monastery in upper Burma in the vicinity of Sagaing Hills. He was elderly and blind and very much loved. I visited him, excited to both meet a living legend and pay my respects. I was told to wait until he went for his evening walk when he would be with his attendant who could serve as a translator....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
5 minutes 43 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 88 excerpt)

March 11, 2023

Story 88 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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I volunteered with Mother Theresa at her Sisters of Charity palliative care hostel in Calcutta. My service was to help with the lunch meal as well as a certain undefined “nursing.” The hostel was smaller than I had expected and the number of volunteers fewer than I had hoped. I thought a larger cohort would allow me a few days to get my bearings. That was not to be the case....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
5 minutes 09 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 87 excerpt)

March 08, 2023

Story 87 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Two more salient points about mettā. Mettā must be tempered by wisdom. There is a parable from India of a kind man who came upon a frog in the middle of a busy road. Concerned that the frog might be crushed under the wheels of a bullock cart and feeling uncomfortable leaving him to his fate, he gently picked him up and transferred him safely to the side of the road from whence he had come....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
3 minutes 32 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 86 excerpt)

March 04, 2023

Story 86 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Mettā is a Pāli word meaning loving-kindness. As the mind deconditions, many positive mind states arise. The emergence of these so-called divine abodes had been held back by the continually self-reinforcing habitual patterns that you thought defined you....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
6 minutes 14 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 85 excerpt)

March 01, 2023

Story 85 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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In Maharashtra a few decades ago, my elderly meditation teacher was delivering his evening discourse when a deranged sādhu rushed at him from the back of the hall. The sādhu screamed incoherently and thrashed his arms about, ready to strike him. My teacher stopped his talk…and closed his eyes. He remained seated....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
3 minutes 06 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 84 excerpt)

February 25, 2023

Story 84 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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In her book, Educated, about growing up in a survivalist Mormon family where school was not an option and daily manual labor a necessity, Tara Westover relates how she found herself standing on a rooftop in England during a windstorm....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
3 minutes 43 seconds

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A Lifetime Doing Nothing (Story 83 excerpt)

February 22, 2023

Story 83 from 'A Lifetime Doing Nothing' by Ian McCrorie
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Friendship. Where would we be without our friends? This is true for the homeless alcoholic who followed his friends’ lead, quit school, took to the road, lived high and free until he lost his health, his integrity, and the courage to turn his life around. And this is true for most of the titans of Silicon Valley who succeeded thanks to friends....

narrated by Ian McCrorie
2023
3 minutes 43 seconds

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