Deciding to start a mindfulness meditation practice is one of the hardest things to do for most western thinkers. This isn’t based because of some deficiency though. The reason is quite simple in my opinion: the principles of mindfulness don’t lend themselves to financial gain easily. One must contrive a way to “sell” it, which once it is learned, it grows naturally in the environment of our minds. Once we dedicate ourselves to its effects, it is no longer a commodity, but rather a resource that we all already have in abundance. At the conclusion of this piece will be my first DIY method of beginning a practice. Please feel free to comment and ask questions of me, as I wish for nothing more than to interact with those seeking help in this way.
Knowledge is everywhere. In this day and age anything in the world you don’t know about can be accessed at some level.
If I wonder “why?” about something, it means I don’t understand. And I wonder why all of the time! The difference between myself and most people though, is that I take the time to find out answers and learn facts.
I have a question come to me, search for info from credible sources (always more than one!), and inevitably get drawn sideways having to learn what a word means, or to locate a place on a map or an organ in my body or define a term I’ve never heard. (I call this going down a wormhole.) In a lot of these situations I have to collect pieces of data to even begin answering my original question, get a baseline of knowledge I don’t have to even begin…
When one is forced into a new living situation, I believe it is important to nest early. What I mean by that specifically is to gather and begin setting up the things which make individuals feel the most like themselves. For me, it is a few decorations, office space, and my books. And after several days of lifting and shifting, things are finally coming together. Read More »
Just kidding. I need to spend a little time explaining a large change in our lives. Ivy and I have decided to move after hearing that the neighborhood didn’t want us there anymore. “Why?” you may ask. Well, the short of it is the landlord’s desire for the landlord to raise the rent; the long of it is emotionally driven.Read More »
All this fierce debate, social media turmoil, and protest have the United States and the world on the edge of their seats. Everyone suddenly has a learned and fierce opinion on politics. When I say everyone, I mean those who didn’t previously have their opinions pinned to the top of a page or as a profile picture. Conservatives, liberals, anarchists, introverts and extroverts alike, all have many words, pictures (“memes”), and articles to contribute to the current civil scene. This is not intrinsically a bad thing. In many ways, the country I live in is now at its most divided and resolute I have ever observed. Information is coming more readily from peers than from the media for the first time in my life. Yet, there are the remaining issues which the US now faces head on, but I’m only going to address one of those—misogyny, or perhaps “male privilege” is a better word, so let’s go with that.Read More »
We are all familiar with an ideal intrinsic to the nation’s identity, “the pursuit of happiness.” Since this phrase, coined by John Locke1, became popularized in the late 18th century, its become something the US culture has deemed a right. Even when the pursuit of happiness seems unachievable, there is a notion that you should keep seeking it. This is represented in media and marketing at a rampant rate. Try entering “Happiness” to any search engine for books, you will be assaulted with thousands upon thousands of titles. I tried it with Amazon, as of today 233,832 results come up in the 3.5 seconds it took for the screen to populate. Read More »
I suppose, one learns something every day. I consider this an effective figure of speech, as the human brain is designed (after the fish and reptile parts) to take information and assimilate it into usable snapshots, a.k.a. factoids. On the night of Thursday, Nov. 1 2012, the day before I would turn thirty-four, I attended a lecture presented by the Religious Studies department on the University of Arkansas campus, room four-o-three of Walker Hall, better known as the science and engineering building. The theological nature of the lecture struck me as wonderfully coincidental, as it was in the very same classroom I took “Introduction to Philosophy” my freshman year. The speaker of the lecture was Dr. Eric Reitan, a professor of Philosophy at Oklahoma State University. The lectures title, “No Hell? Considering 10 Objections to Christian Universalism.” This being a foreign concept to me before the night began, and as an over-anxious researcher, I found myself the first person to approach the room. The silent enthusiasm for the political science lecture still in session radiated through the door. Read More »
Everybody has heard the term New Media. It started to be a buzzword even before the turn of the millenium, a new way to consume media, a new way to create media, and part and parcel of the newness was an unwashed throng of commoners that wanted to create and consume news and other programming […]
Arkansas lawmakers have joined Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming this year and jumped on the Bathroom Bill train.