For all the post-literate cyber-hype, the Internet is an intensely verbal medium. It has
us reading and writing at a furious pace. Some of us are writing code. Most of us are
writing--and reading--words. Some new words, but a lot of old, printed words flourish on
Words are still our primary social tool (pace McLuhan). Words can
still move us, rouse us to change, alert us to new possibilities.
I have spent a lot of my life looking for good words, words to help me be a better
person. I have found some. Not many, but the ones I have found are fairly potent, from
many different times (past and present) and cultures.
They are collected here, combined and used in a new meditation technique.
New? Well, yes and no (he said decisively). I'm certainly aware of the old, old
traditions this "new" method builds on. But it is, in its own small way,
"new", this meditation tecnique I call "Saltlick."
What's a saltlick and what's it doing on the Internet? The opening pages explain. You'll
find out how I came up with the idea, and where it led me, which was mainly to how to use
some of those good words in a very private and highly portable kind of meditation,
wonderfully applicable to our mobile, wired lives.
After describing the technique and doing a little on-line multimedia practice, we go to
a few special collections of those words. They're presented in several ways.
There are three snazzy hyperlinked graphics, which I call "Color Licks,"
"Word Licks," and "Blob Licks," where you can let your mouse do your
Then there are two lists. The "Short List" includes all the words used in the
three hyperlinked graphics. The "Long List" is just that: a lot of other words
which you may also find useful.
At the end, I've included two longer "licks", one which is 1400 years old and
comes from China, another which is 30 years old and comes from Austin, Texas. If they
speak to you at all, they can be music to your ears, solace to your heart, and salt to
your over- NutraSweetened soul.
You may also enjoy looking at the additonal practice pages (see bottom of Saltlick
Contents page), with pictures and music, to help you get the hang of the saltlick
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