John Merideth lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is the author of Spiritually Ambitious...a blog touching on the existential twists and turns of contemporary life. He is also an artist and film maker and healthy living/loving advocate.
The problem isn't so much whether language succeeds or fails at signifying the real, it is our refusal to acknowledge the "realness" of language unto itself...I see this as a third thing existing outside of but also within the real...it is the feedback loop we know as consciousness.
There is ambiguity and chaos and revolution on every street corner, in every city and within any relationship. It is seeing the stranger in someone you have know for decades.
Real transformative beauty shatters our awareness of what we know...it transfixes us and simultaneously forces us to acknowledge the transience of any experience.
The problem faced by the individual within culture is one of isolation and incoherence.
When we are in conflict with what we truly desire...which is to say when we have failed, either through education, prevailing norms, or indoctrination...
Walk beside us...for together we are stronger than we are alone. I understand your fear, your hatred and the innumerable injustice of this world. I also know that love is the root of all power,
It has taken me weeks to process the ramifications of Kathy’s message. I remain undecided as to whether I will find a way to reconcile my loss of faith in the yoga community with my love for the practice and the breathtakingly courageous people I teach. It saddens me to think students excited about any transformative practice, like yoga, would be subjected to so much misplaced fear and hatred…it is even worse, as a community, that we label this “yoga teacher training!”
As Freud pointed out, we have a very difficult time reconciling our instincts with the expectations of culture and the result is often a neurotic tendency toward self-destruction at the cost of "fitting in".
There are phantom eyes and grasping animals, peering out to pull one in. This is a child's world, constructed in primary simplicity and direct associations with now.