What’s So Sexy About Math?

“Hidden truths permeate our world; they’re inaccessible to our senses, but math allows us to go beyond our intuition to uncover their mysteries.

In this TED Talk about mathematical breakthroughs, Cédric Villani, Fields Medalist and Member (2009) in the School of Mathematics speaks to the thrill of discovery and details the sometimes perplexing life of a mathematician. “Beautiful mathematical explanations are not only for our pleasure,” he says. “They change our vision of the world.”

Watch Villani’s TED talk

Paul’s letter to the church of God in Corinth says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4

We experience problems, heartbreaks, setbacks and circumstances that seem too hard to handle not because God doesn’t love us, but because He wants us to become a conqueror through CHRIST. And just as He promised, He will never forsake us and He will provide the comfort that we need. There’s just one thing He asks of us, to remain steadfast in times of trials. So that one day, when others experience the same circumstance we had gone through, we could share the comfort God has given us by giving them the same comfort we received from Him.  MY SUFFERING TODAY IS SOMEBODY’S COMFORT TOMORROW.  -maub

I started the day so body conscious that i didnt even wanna wear shorts and was so preoccupied about bugs and getting my feet dirty. By the time I knew it I was laying on rocks almost completely naked and walking around barefoot. #Breakthroughs NEVER happen when you’re comfortable. Keep stepping out of your comfort zones and eventually the entire world will be your ‘rock’. #healing #healer #natural #ilovetrees #iloverocks #freethenipple Thanks to my guide @valerina for such a profound experience. #loveandlight #deepcreeksprings #ego #nature (at Deep Creek Hot Springs)

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The Process of Awakening

‘Sometimes the long arc of awakening is punctuated by great breakthroughs. In an instant, the true nature of things become vivid. The apprentice sees the emptiness of everything, meaning that she experiences how big and radiant everything is, and how everything is connected to anything else. People have these experiences in the meditation hall after years of practice, and they have them spontaneously as children, or in the most unlikely of circumstances. Awakening isn’t snobbish about where and when it reveals itself, so we probably shouldn’t be, either. A breakthrough will leak away, though, unless we ground the experience. Without a way to deepen and broaden it, to maintain a living relationship with it, it tends to fade into a fond or frustrating memory of what might have been.

Here’s where the practice of daily life can be helpful. Awakening doesn’t happen only like a bolt of lightening; sometimes it’s a dawning awareness that the sky has been gradually getting lighter for some time. In the midst of our daily lives, we become aware of domestic, local moments of seeing the emptiness of things. A man starts to tell a familiar story whose meaning was set sometime in the last century about some relationship, and he finds that he can’t get past the first sentence; suddenly the habitual narrative seems unreal, completely made up, even ridiculously funny. That’s also seeing emptiness, just a particular emptiness rather than the emptiness of everything all at once. If we let the floor be pulled out from under us and for a moment fall freely, that moment of falling freely is a moment of breakthrough. With practice, we won’t try to catch ourselves too soon, to reconstitute the self that has for a moment vanished. Crucially, if these moments of falling freely are recognized and appreciated, they tend to leak away less readily than the big breakthroughs; they accumulate and cause lasting change, and this can be tremendously encouraging. If the breakthroughs give us the biggest perspective of all, this falling freely shows us what that looks like in any moment of any day.

The fundamental promise of Buddhism is that any of us can awaken. As Buddhism has evolved, it has become clear that awakening is not just an individual matter. We are all in this world together, and we are all awakening together. So a matter of great importance is how we encourage practice that compromises on neither the awakening of the individual nor awakening in the field that holds us all - that sees both as essential to the uncompartmentalized Way. What an extraordinary, what a beautiful, challenge to be given.’

- Joan Sutherland, The Whole Way, from the February 2009 issue of the Shambhala Sun.

It was the first time, writing, I had a sense for how total a writer’s freedom is. I don’t think that ever completely went away, and it seems the biggest leap I made: from thinking I had to write in a certain way to realizing that nobody was there with me as I was sitting at my desk — and for good reason — because your only obligation is to listen to yourself.
—  Love this. Sheila Heti talks about her epiphanic moments while writing How Should a Person Be? as part of a NY Mag story on artistic breakthroughs.
come to those who wait

There are definitely better ways to make your knuckles sore, but if writing sentences longhand is a cure and a key to finding your own breathing sinking into the space between your bed and your skin after weeks and months of absence, then by all means go take dictation. 

Because I have literally not slept like I am the victim of an occupation of exhaustion, despite the troops laid in, for what was going on a really really long time now. But this morning after last night’s taking the mantra at hand – literally – I found the mesh stent that had been outfitting me gone.

The layer of foil accordion-fold chinese-handcuff metal applied reverse-wise to my outside and working like a layer of tension to keep me from touching all the world but especially that feeling of relaxation? That layer? Yes, it has gone.

Like an armor or a horrible nylon polyester outfit peeled and stripped off. Not only did I wake to find myself breathing but I could feel how good the sheet rubbing against the top of my foot was. There was no barrier. I discovered comfortable positions really do still exist for me. I am ecstatic, it is a jubilee. Tonight is the night you all, I am finally going to sleep. 

On to the next stage :-)

One step closer, tying up loose ends & keeping myself grounded but still soaring. I think it’s time for another upgrade. If I initiate you can always expect a whirlwind of positive changes around it. I love how life operates & I love being my own boss, the sense of accomplishment that comes from working on something so precious behind the scenes & connecting all my paths to success makes it all so very much like my very own adventure to me. That’s my optimal creative state. :-) ******

North of the End Blurb!

I’ve spent the last week headbutting a brick wall trying to nail Parker, the protagonist of NotE. Now I’ve done it I managed to write the blurb in 0.6 seconds. A little early to be sharing it really, but I’m too excited!

Parker is barely surviving a soul-sucking job, her deteriorating relationship with her boyfriend N and missing her estranged best friend Arran to death when the Violet Pandemic devastates Glasgow.

She escapes the city collapsing around her with school friends and nemeses alike. Caught between protecting those beside her, following them to chase a pipe-dream cure, returning to deal with a Violet-infected N and dropping everything to go and find Arran, all Parker wants to do is curl up into a ball and hide under a duvet forever.

But something has changed her, gifted her a strange power and visions of gold. Something is calling her North…

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