Random thoughts through October 13, 2013, including caressing rather than pounding the piano keys

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Oct 13, 2013 Random thoughts through October 13, 2013, including caressing rather than pounding the piano keys

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries, including the following post that collects my random thoughts on the law, government, and beyond from my Twitter postings at and elsewhere.


– A client recently said of our work together: “On the day of my hearing I met Jon at his office. We walked together to the court house and by the time I reached the court room I was feeling calm and confident despite thinking I’d be a nervous wreck. Jon just has that sort of effect on people.”  I do my best to help all my clients return to balance from the challenges and hurdles of their criminal cases. Something as simple as taking a walk with a client to the courthouse or a walk during part of our meeting can do wonders with that goal. When I walk from my office to the courtroom with my client, we bring the positive energy of my office and the sun outside to the windowless and otherwise stuffy courtroom and courthouse that teems with cops, prosecutors, opposing witnesses, and judges who can do right, wrong, or something in between. When my client and I walk from the courthouse to my office, we get a chance to debrief in a particularly positive place.

Criminal defense can be a healing art, not only to help my clients, but also to help me and everyone else who wants healing.

– Do any of you know about judges’ blogs beyond the shortlist on my blogroll? To be added to my blogroll is Hercules and the Umpire by federal trial judge (D. Ne.) Richard George Kopf. Judge Kopf took senior status in 2011, and is an appointee of George Bush, I.

Law professor David Zlotnick meditating outdoors in a full business uniform. What would John Lennon say, seeing that he was skeptical about men in suits, including those running the record company?

Check out the criminal law blog of the D.C. Public Defender Service.


U.S. authorities barred NSA critic Ilija Trojanow from visiting the U.S. by invitation. Was it censorship?

– For my seven-year-old son, the government shutdown means the delayed exciting arrival of a new T. rex dinosaur skeleton, let alone no access to the rest of the Natural History Museum and the Air and Space Museum. The federal shutdown might give us a chance further to consider where government is overgrown (like the overgrown and overly-militaristic military and overgrown and overly-oppressive national security and federal policing and prosecuting activities) and how government can run as efficiently at a lower cost by trimming waste and excess. However, for my son, this means finding something else to do with me and my wife on the weekend.


– On October 14, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman come to Washington, D.C., for the launch of their book Love Your Enemies. Sharon is a great human and meditation teacher, and I believe strongly in promoting and supporting her. Robert Thurman (do not miss his YouTube page) has an uncanny ability to boil down his extensive and in-depth intellect and knowledge of Buddhism into great lessons with great and very spontaneous humor and humanity. I plan to attend. Please look for me if you go.

– “Someone asked me recently if I am afraid to die. Truthfully, I am more afraid of not living my life fully.” – Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

– Music is vibrations. One instrument is called the vibes/vibraphone. Vibrations play a big part in our feeling of well-being.

– Imagine the difference between a pianist who caresses the keys versus one who pounds them, a writer who caresses the pen or keyboard rather than being disconnected from them, and a politician who sees people as flesh and blood people to care about rather than as ballot numbers. Seize today to the fullest in the most compassionate and engaged way you can. This moment will never be recaptured.

– Are all animals other than humans (and perhaps other primates) non-dualistic?

– How do hordes of members of other species thrive without psychologists, self help books and birthing classes?

– Shantideva: “If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying. If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”

Viktor Frankl in 1972. He was a Holocaust survivor who talked about ways to survive in trying times.

Mooji cautions us “Beware of this feeling that there is something to do!” See the rest of Mooji’s quote here.

Mooji says knowing clearly who we are is “the only remedy for all the suffering that takes place on the planet.”

Related to the Mooji’s foregoing quote is the teaching of my teacher Ihaleakala Hew Len:

“It is absolutely important to know one’s Self Identity. It is absolutely important to realize at some point in one’s evolvement that existence is an inside affair, an inside job. It is absolutely crucial to realize that there is no out there for Mind. Existence — experience — is a function of only two causes — Inspirations from Divinity or memories stored in the subconscious mind.”

Gender segregation in sports, let alone in the rest of life, is excessive, even affecting chess.

– Anita Moorjani on her near death experience.

–  Wayne Dyer or Stuart Smalley: “I am a human being, not a human doing.”

Lengthy Eckhart Tolle video, including talk of park benches and just experiencing, without adding anything.

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