I found myself nodding along the whole time to this article, because it really pinpoints i believe the challenge with modern-day spirituality in the name of mindfulness. It’s too easy for people to disconnect by “checking a box” and listening to their Headspace app for 10 minutes and calling that mindfulness. Yes, those practices are important. But there are so many other paths, modalities and considerations for achieving self exploration. As a yoga teacher I have always understood the practice of yoga to be about thus: come to understand yourself better so that you can see yourself in every person you meet. When we separate ourselves or do the practice in a vacuum apart from the ongoing sociopolitical circumstances of the world, we do ourselves no favors to that end. Meditation is still Important and has real scientifically backed benefits for cellular repair and neuroplasticity etc but it’s not the end-all practice if we want to connect more deeply with our true nature and others.
This was also pretty obvious to me. But then again i also use tons of free services (Gmail! Facebook!) that are “free” under the awareness that they’re making more off of me than what they could outright charge.
“ When politicians constantly lie, overwhelming and exhausting us while insinuating that everyone is dishonest and corrupt, the danger is that we grow so weary and cynical that we withdraw from civic engagement. And if we fail to engage in the political process — or reflexively support the individual from “our” party while reflexively dismissing the views of others — then we are abdicating common sense and our responsibility as citizens.”
loved this line: “Maybe by privileging the atmospheric power of the stutter, we can resist what we’ve been taught to value about talking: efficiency, cleanness, and transaction,” Alpern writes. “Stuttering more suggests another set of speaking values: passion, disobedience, curiosity.”
Wow. As someone who knows very little about trees but really is trying to change this, it hit me hard. What a complex topic, I loved the line about how mountains should have mountain rights, rivers should have river rights, etc. And the entire concept of, "Why should our laws prevail in this case, anyhow?" and how this presupposes that humans > trees.
There's super valid points in this. It's nothing earth-shattering though and if you know basic stuff about how the brain works, you won't find much new. Being bored is good for us, don't pack a lot in.
True, but sad, but also kind of comforting. Surround yourself with the right "tribe" and you'll all always have good things to talk about together that you're all mutually interested in. If your friends don't care about your life experiences, that's an indication you've grown apart.