Eugene Meyer responded with a free-form poem. To him 291 represented:
”An oasis of real freedom
A sturdy Islet of enduring independence in the besetting seas of Commercialism and Convention
A rest – when wearied
A stimulant – when dulled
A Relief
A Negation of Preconceptions
A Forum for Wisdom and for Folly
A Safety valve for repressed ideas
An Eye Opener
A Test—
A Solvent
A Victim and an Avenger"



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Omphaloskepsis is contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation.[1]
The word comes from Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination). Similar words are "omphaloskeptic" (one who engages in the practice) and "omphaloskeptical" (related to contemplation of one's navel).
Actual use of the practice as an aid to contemplation of basic principles of the cosmos and human nature is found in Indian yoga and sometimes in the Eastern Orthodox Church.[2] Some consider the navel to be "a powerful chakra of the body".[3][4]
However, phrases such as "contemplating one's navel" or "navel-gazing" are frequently used, usually in jocular fashion, to refer to self-absorbed pursuits.[5] This criticism is often leveled at professions interested in themselves: movies about Hollywood, for example, or television shows about television writers.

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core "beliefs"

yes -- scare quotes -- for me -- belief:

an opinion or conviction
confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof
confidence; faith; trust
a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith (dogma)

which are negative, which have been damaged, which are kooky, and which are ok?

one theory seems to be that negative beliefs come from attempting to answer the why question without having the knowledge, perspective, etc. to answer the why question

what are mine?

question authority
exercise of power is often arbitrary, capricious, unnecessary
shut up AND don't hold it in
it is important AND let it go
thoughts are more trustworthy than feelings
you deserve it AND you don't deserve it
go away or just die or something
you are your accomplishments; everything you do is crap and no one cares
take care of it, fix it, for free; I can figure it out

hmmm.  will retun to this

Nurture the Relationship
Make a point to regularly practice caring behaviors with this person. When you act lovingly toward someone, it actually increases your feelings of love, as well as, your ability to empathize with that person.
Set Aside Your Beliefs, Concerns and Personal Agenda
When you are dealing directly with this person, you have to go into the conversation empty handed—with no personal expectations or goal of fixing them. Very often couples come at each other with baggage from their past or presuppositions that muddy the communication waters. Instead, you must be willing and eager to have your mind and perspective changed. Your only agenda is listening to your partner’s feelings and trying to understand your partner’s point of view.
Gain Personal Perspective
This method involves working on your personal identity. In other words, you need to learn who you are separate from the other person. If you do not have a clear sense of identity, then you will tend to take things too personally. When you take things personally, you cannot separate yourself enough to feel the other person’s pain. Begin to practice emotionally detaching—not allowing the other person’s negative behavior to determine your mood or choices. In time, you will gain a greater sense of identity and separateness that will offer you the advantage of perspective.

"If you’ve suddenly found yourself without the job you know and love to identify yourself with, don’t feel that you have to betray your longing, go on with grace and confidence. 
Those who don’t have a dream can form a new identity, in their own time and on their own terms. "
"Personal identity has been discussed since the origins of Western philosophy, and most major figures have had something to say about it. (There is also a rich literature on this topic in Eastern philosophy...[which I am arguably more familiar with]...)"
who?  "Your identity...what makes you unique as an individual and different from others, or the way  you see or define yourself, or the network of values and convictions that structure your life. it is one you have only contingently: you may be perhaps getting by without any."
who are people?  who are "the people"?  who are the people you love?  how/why?
Psychological , some psychological relation is necessary or sufficient (or both) for one to persist. You are that future being that in some sense inherits its mental features—beliefs, memories, preferences, the capacity for rational thought, that sort of thing—from you; and you are that past being whose mental features you have inherited in this way
Somatic You are that past or future being that has your body, or that is the same biological organism as you are
Mental and physical continuity are evidence for identity, it says, but do not always guarantee it, and may not be required.
Your current stage is also a part of a being whose temporal boundaries are determined by relations of psychological connectedness
Fission is death. In the fission case, the sorts of practical concerns you ordinarily have for yourself seem to apply to someone who isn't strictly you. This suggests more generally that facts about who is numerically identical with whom have no practical importance.
Heal Past Hurts
obviously, not emptiness emptiness
"It seems you fall into a category called “Emptiness”, a pretty high category of pain. ... Your mind, body, and heart are basically saying to you, “Hey, what’s the point of any of this?"
agency scare word:   why empathy was and should be regarded to be of such central importance in understanding human agency in ordinary contexts, in the human sciences and for the constitution of ourselves as social and moral agents.
If you don’t heal past hurts, anyone who brushes up against you will send shock waves of pain through your body. This keeps you from seeing the other person’s feelings. Instead, you become self-absorbed with your own pain. If you find ways to resolve your hurts, you can turn your focus off of yourself and clearly see your partner’s pain.
I'm essentially living in mine:  The first tip to overcome the emptiness is to identify the triggers (times, places, and things) that cause you the most pain. Triggers can cause fits of sadness, grief,


It was Friday, March 11, 2011 when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake rattled off the coast of Japan. The most powerful known earthquake to hit the island nation triggered a series of tsunamis. Buildings shook and toppled. Entire villages were washed away. It was a tragedy that resulted in nearly 20,000 people dead and the most expensive natural disaster in world history. One year later, the suffering continues and the need for relief remains unabated. Ahadada Books founder Jesse Glass reads with Marthe Reed and our own Amy Uyematsu at a special fund raising reading to aid the on-going relief effort.