John is a sgwm who loves life most of the time (but he has his moments).
He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Psychology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling but considers the “life lessons” and most nonacademic readings to be of equal worth (and way more humbling) and usually hella undervalued by others.
He loves to meditate (especially use his camera to be “in the moment”), play with animals, read, listen to music, dance, eat “live” foods (as well as heated), hike mountain trails here on Maui, cook – for himself and friends, share a glass of wine (or a pint o’ beer) with friends/family and conversate late into the night, act lazy on Sundays and watch DVD’s.  He still misses smoking and a few other “escapes” *grin*
He is currently the Clinical Director of Education and Prevention for Maui AIDS Foundation and is attempting to move into a greater sense of integration and isn’t at all clear about his next step – but he can say he’s getting more open to possibilities.
Very attracted to developmental theories like Maslow, Kohlberg, Graves, Beck and Wilber – the “One  Foot in Yellow” referes to Wilber/Beck/Cohen’s idea of 2nd Tier Development.  The color of the beginning of integral  being in Spiral Dynamics.  John’s just stepping into that way of living.  And is here to find out more from others who are living it.
(He loves to get to know new people and reading thoughts of others – so comment!)

11 Responses to “About John”

  1. January 6, 2009 at 6:00 am is the main website

    I felt moved to throw this link in here because you did say “here to find out more from others”

    These are ten day silent nonsectarian meditation courses that are free to participants (no fee is charged, solely run on donation)

  2. January 6, 2009 at 6:03 am

    silent, ten day meditation, nonsectarian, free to participants (run on donation), happening in Hawaii in March.

  3. May 28, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Hello, John,

    My name is Elva. it means “mischievous elf”.

    I was browsing around for the correct phraseology for the expression “Does the fish know it’s in water?” and came across your site.

    I read “About John” and was struck by your intention “. . . attempting to move into a greater sense of integration and isn’t at all clear about his next step – but he can say he’s getting more open to possibilities.”

    If this is still the case, I offer you the Hall-Tonna Values Inventory as a courtesy. It is based on many developmental theories, existential and New Physics. I am a principal at Values Technology, Inc. I have been working with the founder of VT and author of the Hall-Tonna for over 20 years (and married 17 of these!)

    This values survey is based on Clare Graves work and it is predictive of futures! It identifies a cluster of values pulling you into the future.

    I am in Santa Cruz, California, nestled in a Redwood forest but just 15 minutes from the ocean.

    Best wishes to you. Warmly, e

  4. August 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Hej from Sweden!

    I really dig your blog and will be back for more reading soon! You have a profound, calm sense of writing and I am with you on much of what you say.

    Love and light,


  5. 5 syn
    August 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Hi John,
    i read a few of ur thoughts…..
    will come back and absorb more…
    what else?

  6. October 30, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Hi John…

    Never thought I would meet someone with similar life experience with me!

    I’m also a bachelor degree in Psychology, self-learned Philosophy, and found out that deeper life lessons come from day-to-day life–after graduated.

    I love meditating too, love animals, love the nature, the mountains, the sea, the sky, the stars…

    But currently I’m working as freelance. Living from industrial psychology projects, but dedicated some times as volunteer for psychotherapy for the victims of natural disasters–most are children.

    I was deeply in love with Existential Psychology by the end of my bachelor degree study, but now I found myself hold on fully to spiritual intuition. And yes–I’m moving into greater integration that I no longer make plans; possibilities just come, things just happen!

    Very glad to know you John, hope we can be friends 🙂

  7. October 30, 2009 at 5:56 am

    BTW, I really love your blog. So simple in message–so powerful in meaning 🙂

  8. 8 Kathryn
    June 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Hey there,

    I googled “How the hell do I meditate?” and you came up and despite reading your lovely words I still can’t get the hang of the meditating lark. However, I’m happy I’ve found your blog.
    I like the idea of finding people this way.
    Let me introduce myself, I’m Kathryn, I’m english, I live in Paris, I’m 32, I’m into art and people and food and drinking….and I’m a nice person!
    Thanks for writing your blog,
    Maybe I’ll be in touch again soon,
    Ciao for now,


  9. 9 johnherberger
    June 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Aloha Kathryn,
    I hope you are well and thanks so much for your kind words. There are so many forms of meditation and so many roads to get you there. . . it’s about making the right match or fit. I recommend two authors as a start: Thich Nhat Hanh’s “You are Here” and Dennis Genpo Merzel’s “Big Mind – Big Heart”.
    When meditating, I am mainly observing whatever is arising (thought and emotion and physical sensations). The question I like to ask myself is “who is doing the observing of what is arising?”
    Most of my blog posts are what comes up before, DURING and after the “sitting”
    I wish you much success as you figure this shit out . . .

  10. 10 Tammy Hamlett Epperson
    July 27, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Hey John! It has been a very very very long time…like so long that Amber grew up from a 6 year old to 19 years old! I don’t know if you remember me or not…but I rambled across your name in my thoughts today and I found you!

    I see life is treating you good and I am glad. I enjoyed reading your blogs…will drop by again sometime!

    Take Care!


  11. 11 johnherberger
    July 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Wow! 19 yrs old – it has been awhile. I hope that life is going well for you both. Your comment makes me feel my age lol, wow 19 yrs old. Thanks for stopping by and commenting it was a nice blast from the past

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Live'n Aloha on Maui.
Lately just posting pics, artwork, vids, & music with just a headline (less seems to be more).
Into Wilber, Beck, Zen Stuffs, Spiritual Concepts, Philosophy and Humor (kinda geeky humor).
Currently attempting to strengthen my meditation skills (this has been a 20 yr process).
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