Author • Speaker Spring 2009 Newsletter

Spring 2009 Newsletter

Howdy Mates,

In February, Dave and I spent three weeks in Sydney, Australia, a progressive, multicultural metropolis where cafés buzz, beaches swarm and sailboats bloom in a magnificent harbor. It’s hard to believe that this sparkling city was once a dumping ground for British and Irish convicts. In the banner photo above, I’m riding in a ferry departing from Manly Beach.

Bronte Beach: We rented an apartment overlooking a primo white-sand beach with a well-groomed public park, dotted with huts and tables and lavish barbeque setups. The weekends were festive, packed with surfers, families, young singles and a few tan, muscle-bound old geezers parading their stuff. Dave swam laps in the pool and got pushed out of his lane by waves.

Bronte Beach

Hiking to Bondi Beach: Heading north from Bronte, a majestic clifftop trail passes Tamarama Beach and rock formations that look like abstract paintings.

Bondi Beach

Oxford Street, Paddington & Woolahra: We explored hip boutiques, bookshops, specialty shops and bustling pubs. We attended the Paddington Market, Sydney’s most popular weekend market that sells everything from vintage clothes to designer fashions and jewelry. Gorgeous young people were everywhere. The gal on the left is half Japanese and half Danish.

Paddington Gals

Taronga Zoo: A 15-minute ferry-ride from Circular Quay, near the CBD (Central Business District), and a cable car ride plopped us at the zoo. Below is my best critter-photo showcasing a jolly green reptile doing a clinging meditation. Koalas, kangaroos, giraffes and chimpanzees also made my zoo day.

Taronga Zoo chameleon

Royal Botanical Gardens: Established in 1816 as the colony’s first vegetable patch, the RBG maintains a relaxed attitude—signs say, “Please walk on the grass. We also invite you to smell the roses, hug the trees, talk to the birds and picnic on the lawns.” From the gardens, you can see the famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge, dubbed the “old coat hanger.”

Royal Botanical Gardens

My New Website on the Brain: At the top of the page, click on the "Brain News" button. It'll take you to my neuroscience website about unconscious, irrational decision-making. By learning cognitive biases, you'll be able to think more clearly and effectively. You'll be able to manifest more of what you truly want in life. I've added videos and cartoons to make the topics fun to ponder.

Why is the world falling apart? What’s happening? There are scads of books, blogs and pundits with clever answers. For me, the authors of The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe get it right. They present a historical perspective. By reflecting on their thesis, published in 1997, I feel more peaceful about what’s going on.

Cris Evatt

P. S. I highly recommend Stephen Mitchell's new book The Second Book of the Tao. Each evening before slipping into bed, I peruse one short chapter and absorb its ancient, eternally relevant, wisdom. Here's my favorite selection:

Birth and death, profit and loss,
success and failure, health and sickness—
these qualities are the world
in its constant transformations.
Day in and day out
they vanish into each other
before our very eyes,
and we don’t know where they come from.

The Master maintains his balance
whichever opposite he enters.
He lets things go through their changes
and stays focused on what is real.
He is like the ocean:
though there are waves on the surface,
in its depths there is perfect calm.



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