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.
No one is equipped to just move on from suicide; it is like the ultimate psychological blow. It knocks you down, and while you are falling it looks you in the eye and says, “how dare you assume beauty is enough to carry on?”
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,
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".
Essentially, when we love we become open to the most illusive aspect of our humanness. We awkwardly attempt to comprehend the reality that before us, within the field of our consciousness, exists another creature, a soul.
And yet the meaning of a thing is not its name.
Knowing is inherently intuitive and flows from our inner symbolism. Therefore to grasp something we must literally fall into it or "dance with it in the moment." So the idea here, as Heidegger, reminds us is to locate the Being of a thing...capital B = essence.
What if your life was designed from start to finish as the most beautiful form of play the universal mind has ever imagined. What if living your life was meant to be the most profound aesthetic experience you will ever have while being human.
Clothing can hide or reveal, it can enforce or challenge cultural norms and it literally comes in contact with our largest sense organ, our skin, constantly.
JOY embodies ironic expression - JOY is the truth that the most evocative and ecstatic moments of life require an equal and opposite capacity for sliding down the other side of the wave.
In life we often approach a situation with our full compliment of attachments, conflicts and preconceptions about who we are and how we are.
No feeling is final, so the importance of traumatic or intense experiences is what they teach us about ourselves. We are the only person who can decide how we feel and "it" means. If you want to survive trauma and have a rich a and meaningful life learn to retell your story!
My mother was incredibly intelligent and tragically anxious. By any measure and most definitely through the lens of cultural norms, she betrayed me
Betrayal, on first glance, seems obvious…we know the feeling. Yet in the context of life experience, betrayal only has meaning when juxtaposed with its opposite - trust.
This article is ostensibly about betrayal. It is also about the way in which ideas and their analogues, words, influence the feelings and perceptions of our life. More succinctly this piece touches on the courage and curiosity required to delve deeply into the power of choice versus the trap of obligation and guilt.
Shame drives tapes within the mind of each person in slightly different ways but the outcome for most of us is the same…unfulfilling choices.
My big nose I can remember standing in front of the mirror at 16 and seeing only one thing…a giant nose. I recall obsessive feelings of revulsion boil up inside myself. I felt ugly. I know now teenagers go through a lengthy period period of awkward transformation and irrational feelings fueled in part by hormones and the liminal process of becoming an adult.
it is possible that what makes one person feel connected, tuned in and present is exactly the opposite of what another person needs to feel connected, tuned in and present and for both to exist at the same time and for both to bring about a deep sense of love and compassion.