... you will preserve the ancient usages and customs of the Fraternity... The Usages of Freemasonry are those (usually) unwritten portions of custom and tradition which are observed in Lodge (or with a Brother outside of lodge). Some usages can be considered as an unwritten adjunct to or component of Masonic law. The dictionary (dictionary.com) … Continue reading Masonic Glossary – Usages
In starting a routine meditation practice, as discussed in my review of Transcendence, I wanted a simple timer app to use on my phone to manage the duration of my sessions. I didn't want one with an audible alarm because I want to be able to gently open an eye to glance at the timer to … Continue reading Android Visual Timers for Meditation (Reviews)
Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation is about the many benefits of Transcendental Meditation, presented through cases studies, anecdotes, and medical studies. The benefits range from addiction recovery and managing mental health problems to self-actualization, enhancing creativity and professional development. This post is a longer one, but don't worry, I'll pull it back around … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation
Speed Reading: The Comprehensive Guide To Speed Reading - Increase Your Reading Speed By 300% In Less Than 24 Hours by Nathan Armstrong is a decent little book. I've always been a slow reader. Having aphantasia (which I'm sure will come up in other posts as I work through some of the more related books … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Speed Reading: The Comprehensive Guide To Speed Reading
Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity by Kirk C. White is a great book and a quick read. I'm torn between immediately reading it again and trying to lend it to brothers to read. Operative Freemasonry offers some excellent background info and philosophy of masonry that should be a … Continue reading Masonic Book Review: Operative Freemasonry: A Manual for Restoring Light and Vitality to the Fraternity
The primary focus of the book is that of finding intrinsic (inherent, from within one's self) reward from the work one does rather than seeking extrinsic rewards like recognition, fame, or wealth.
This morning in the shower I had an idea for a project I might try to take on, and a few other valuable ideas, and some useful introspection that all came within a span of a few minutes while showering. These led to a literal "shower thought" today about the nature of shower thoughts. In … Continue reading Shower Thoughts on Shower Thoughts and Quality of Thought
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims is about the character traits, methodology, and style of thinking that have led many great people to success. The core premise is that we can test our ideas or assumptions in small, low-stakes ways to gain insights that lead to additional or better-refined ideas, … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Little Bets
A basic understanding of economics is really helpful to informing one's political opinions, developing business acumen, and making healthy personal finance choices. It can also be helpful in running a lodge.
I'm a fan of the books from Wooden Books. They have a somehow esoteric look and feel about them, while also feeling modern. I've got a couple and plan to get a few more. Sacred Geometry opens with a very apt description - Sacred Geometry charts the unfolding of number in space and differs from … Continue reading (Non-)Masonic Book Review: Sacred Geometry (Wooden Books)