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?”
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.
In theory there is nothing wrong with the McYoga model until the “instructor”, with two weekends of training, gets confused about the difference between a push-up and “chaturanga dan lasagna" and you end up with a torn rotator in your shoulder.
Stop punishing yourself for “bad” behavior - say no to negative self-talk. If you get off track don’t waste time wallowing in your mistakes.
Aesthetics and beauty do play a role in our lives, so picking brands and products that feel sensual and well designed can impact the quality of our lives.
Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, social status or education, life is fraught with levels of distress that are often bigger than our ability to countenance them alone.
Having taught yoga for half of my life, I can tell you that in its current form, yoga is fun and can have many positive benefits (like community) but it is not enough on its own
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.
My dream of never needing to jostle my way through Whole Foods on a Sunday afternoon just got closer to reality…for a price. Recently Instacart, a startup with the tag line "The best way to shop for groceries," began offering 2 hour home delivery in the metro Atlanta area.
At the age of five, I met my cousin Beth for the first time. I remember crying with my mother on our return home. After trying, in vain, to play with my cousin who was born deaf, I felt frustrated. Communicating with her was a challenge.
Often habits are what define the tone and texture of life. They influence our choices on levels both conscious and unconscious and can be the driving force behind success and contentment or repeating cycles of futility and frustration.