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Thomas Burnside

Matthew 6:19

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19 This verse made me reflect on the evanescence of worldly successes. It can't be denied that all things come to an end in this world. One day...

The Trial by Franz Kafka

I got about halfway through this book and thought "I don't even know what this protagonist is going to trial about... maybe I missed something". So I asked ChatGPT what he had been arrested for. ChatGPT said that the book never reveals the reason he is facing trial....

The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

This book was about the homosexual experience at a certain time and place in history (England in the mid-twentieth century). This book is brimming with gay lust and I found reading it triggering at first. The main character was a mid-twenties gay aristocrat in England...

649 Hours

Sometimes in life you do something and think "why didn't I do that sooner?". For me that happened when I decided to use a meditation app. I went with Waking Up by Sam Harris because the marketing emails worked on me. It seemed like an app that was investing in guest...

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth! Psalms 46:10 To be still is a very sacred thing. From a spiritual standpoint it is the closest we can feel to God. To witness creation first-hand in the radiant...

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

I found this book very worthwhile precisely because it showed me what some of my triggers were. I've always thought if I had a girlfriend and she cheated on me I would kill the both of them. Such was how taboo I found adultery. But in this book (where the protagonist...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book really grabbed my attention although though I found it triggering at times. I found the portrayal of the small-town south quite charming. It showed me a perspective on what life was like in another country at certain time in history and I liked it. It...

603 Hours

I'm starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of it. It seems that (very slowly) my mind has improved in its ability to focus on something. The analogy of turning around a big ship is apt. Is the estimation that it takes about 10,000 hours to master meditation also...