The Path of Patience

How life’s little annoyances can teach us ever-greater tolerance. By Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche The 8th-century Indian Buddhist sage Shantideva dedicated a chapter of his work The Way of the Bodhisattva to the subject of patience. In the new book Peaceful Heart: The Buddhist Practice of Patience, the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche follows the 134 verses from the Patience Chapter and explains how they apply to our busy lives today. In this excerpt, he discusses verses 15 through 18, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. 15And do I not already bear with thecommon irritations—Bites and stings of snakes and flies,Experiences of hunger and … Continue reading The Path of Patience

The subjective turn

For Hegel, human nature strives through history to unchain itself from tradition. But is such inner freedom worth the cost? Jon Stewart is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He has worked at universities and research institutes in Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Denmark and the United States. He is the author of several books on 19th- and 20th-century Continental philosophy. His most recent book is The Emergence of Subjectivity in the Ancient and Medieval World: An Interpretation of Western Civilization (2020) Edited by Sam Dresser What is the human being? Traditionally, it was thought that … Continue reading The subjective turn

Micromanipulation: the covert tactic that narcissists use in arguments to reassert control

Posted byAnna Brech Micromanipulation is a subtle form of emotional abuse that narcissists use in their closest relationships to regain a sense of control: here’s how to recognise its damaging effects.  Eliciting sympathy and demanding attention are pretty common tactics in the course of your average relationship – but they become especially problematic when a narcissist is involved.  “Micromanipulation” is one in an armoury of emotional tools that narcissists typically use to regain control over their partners during arguments or a trial separation, according to an eye-opening new article on the topic. Writing in Psychology Today, Professor Kristy Lee Hochenberger explains that “narcissists cannot accept the fact that another person does not … Continue reading Micromanipulation: the covert tactic that narcissists use in arguments to reassert control

How psychedelics help you “die before you die”

The heart of the religious ritual is mysticism, argues Brian Muraresku in “The Immortality Key.” by Derek Beres  The concept of “dying before you die” lies at the heart of religious tradition, argues Brian Muraresku. This secret ritual connects the Eleusinian Mysteries with the origins of Christianity. In “The Immortality Key,” Muraresku speculates that psychedelic wine could have been the original Christian Eucharist. After a 20-year ban on clinical psychedelics research, the U.S. government approved trials on DMT in 1990. At first, Rick Strassman, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, only … Continue reading How psychedelics help you “die before you die”

3 PROFOUND IMPACTS EXERCISE HAS ON THE BRAIN

Our brains will thank us for it in years to come. by ÁINE KELLY REGULAR EXERCISE CHANGES THE STRUCTURE OF OUR BODIES’ TISSUES IN OBVIOUS WAYS, such as reducing the size of fat stores and increasing muscle mass. Less visible, but perhaps even more important, is the profound influence exercise has on the structure of our brains – an influence that can protect and preserve brain health and function throughout life. In fact, some experts believe that the human brain may depend on regular physical activity to function optimally throughout our lifetime. Here are just a few ways exercise changes the structure of our brain. MEMORY Many … Continue reading 3 PROFOUND IMPACTS EXERCISE HAS ON THE BRAIN

THE PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE OF ‘GOONING’ — OR MASTURBATING INTO A TRANCE

Why get high when you could edge yourself for hours until you’ve merged souls with your own dick? by Michael Stahl  Most of Reddit will tell you that edging is fantastic, but the real hardcore ’baters level up from there. The ones who travel furthest for self-pleasure say that, if they edge long enough, they fall into a mind-numbing trance where nothing matters but nutting. Only then can an edger truly claim to be “gooning.”  “Gooning is a sort of modernized version of tantric sex/masturbation without the spiritual aspects that have been traditionally associated with it in the past,” says Christfister, who moderates two of the many subreddits dedicated … Continue reading THE PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE OF ‘GOONING’ — OR MASTURBATING INTO A TRANCE

How Spirituality Can Change Your Brain

written by Elvira Barucija How can spirituality change the way your brain works? Your whole body is connected and there is a strong connection between your brain and your health, both physical and mental. It’s not only that your brain can have an impact on your thoughts, but your thoughts can have a strong impact on your brain. Spirituality can change the chemistry of your brain. When we talk about spirituality, we are referring to any religion or pure connection with the world and the universe. Whatever your relationship might be with God, spirituality can be a part of your … Continue reading How Spirituality Can Change Your Brain

The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

How the theoretical physicist and analyst came together and then apart. BY PAUL HALPERN By the end of 1930, Austrian-born theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli was at the height of his achievements, yet an absolute emotional wreck. His brilliant contributions to science—such as the famous exclusion principle that would eventually earn him a Nobel Prize—had cemented his reputation as a genius. Remarkably, it demonstrated, among other consequences, why the electrons in an atom don’t all cluster together in the lowest energy quantum state and render it unstable. He had also predicted the existence of a lightweight, electrically neutral particle—later dubbed the … Continue reading The Synchronicity of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

Head Trip: How Psychedelics Can Help Facilitate Major Therapeutic Breakthroughs

written by LINDSEY METRUS  While still not entirely devoid of stigma, psychotherapy has transcended cultural boundaries, with millennials seeking both in-person and virtual sessions at a 10% larger rate than Boomers. Rising student loan debt, financial instability, workplace stress, and a volcanic political climate are just some of the catalysts contributing to an increased demand, one that’s been met with an adaptive supply via fingertip therapy like TalkSpace and text lines for immediate help. Therapy certainly isn’t relegated to an armchair chat—there’s art therapy, music therapy, and alt methods like reiki and EFT. And bubbling below the surface is a treatment modality that could change the course of … Continue reading Head Trip: How Psychedelics Can Help Facilitate Major Therapeutic Breakthroughs

The need to touch

The language of touch binds our minds and bodies to the broader social world. What happens when touch becomes taboo? Laura Crucianelli is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Brain, Body and Self Lab in the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology at University College London.Listen here Edited by Sally Davies Touch is the first sense by which we encounter the world, and the final one to leave us as we approach death’s edge. ‘Touch comes before sight, before speech,’ writes Margaret … Continue reading The need to touch