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TAO-The Book Installment 5 – Meet Abe Maslow

April 1, 2010

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

My practice began to remind me of the poem by William Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality.  I was building a prison for myself, like the one Richard Cabot wrote about in his description of drudgery.  The practice wasn’t serving me.  I was losing sight of my values.  The values that I was more in touch with as a child watching Willie.  Wordsworth was a master at describing life through natural metaphor.  You can almost feel the cycle of life I was in when you read Wordsworth’s poetry:

Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing Boy,
But he beholds the light, and whence it flows,
He sees it in his joy;
The Youth, who daily farther from the east
Must travel, still is Nature’s priest,
And by the vision splendid

Is on his way attended;

At length the Man perceives it die away,

And fade into the light of common day

You see, the reason I became a dentist (more…)

TAO -The Book Installment 2

March 7, 2010

Human Universals

I have certain fundamental beliefs about life. One

is that we are all alike at some level, and although the stories of our individual lives – our biographies – differ, our biology is the same. We share basic needs and wants. At various stages of our lives we must fulfill those needs. Humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow described this evolution with his famous Hierarchy of Needs. At its base are the physiological needs like food and shelter. At its top is what Maslow believed to be our ultimate goal, which is to fulfill our true selves.
Maslow wrote, (more…)