10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder. “This is a holy moment. A sacramental moment. A moment in which a man feels the gods as close as his own breath. What unknowable mercy has spared us this day? What clemency of the divine has turned the enemy’s spear one handbreadth from our throat and driven it fatally into the breast of the beloved comrade at our side? Why are we still here above the earth, we who are no better, no braver, who reverenced heaven no more than these our brothers whom the gods have dispatched to hell?” In … Continue reading 10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

All the Pop Culture Touchstones We’ve Never Seen or Heard and Always Get Shit About

The thing about culture these days is that there’s so much (too much?) of it. One could even argue that as a media organization, we’re part of the problem. Nonetheless, as members of the cultured elite — we publish at least one dick-related article a week — there’s still plenty of culture that we’ve been shamed for not having read, seen or heard. For instance… by MEL Nick Leftley, Senior Editor: Any time I say I’ve never seen Top Gun, people look at me like I’m an alien. And admittedly I am, albeit a legal one. But I get the same reaction in my native U.K., … Continue reading All the Pop Culture Touchstones We’ve Never Seen or Heard and Always Get Shit About

ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL GARBAGE CAN?

If you have an emphatic heart you need to protect it, or else we can often slip into the problem that I will describe in this post: Sometimes help isn’t helping anybody and helping on this agenda will only wear you out. Posted  by Soren Dreier Author: Soren Dreier There is another thing that we have to take into account, and that is: You don’t really have an emphatic heart; the reason you chose to help – when it’s not real help, is to seek power over others by making yourself indispensable and thereby making others codependent. If you do that, the … Continue reading ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL GARBAGE CAN?

The Education of a Bomb Dog

(Reed Young) image: https://thumbs-prod.si-cdn.com/F5RfcnkLRsmaBslZU-ZJq1R5788=/800×600/filters:no_upscale()/https://public-media.smithsonianmag.com/filer/Bomb-Dogs-explosive-detection-canine-training-631.jpg A top training academy works double time to meet skyrocketing demand for canines who can sniff out danger By Joshua Levine SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE When I first meet a likable young Labrador named Merry, she is clearing her nostrils with nine or ten sharp snorts before she snuffles along a row of luggage pieces, all different makes and models. They’re lined up against the back wall of a large hangar on a country road outside Hartford, Connecticut. This is where MSA Security trains what are known in the security trade as explosive detection canines, or EDCs. Most people … Continue reading The Education of a Bomb Dog

THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION: A WORLD AWAKENING

by Sahara Devi, Guest Waking Times  We are currently living in the most profoundly transformative time in the history of the Planet. Never mind the Industrial Revolution or even the advent of our current techno wonder-world: this is a time of Awakening Consciousness on a planetary level, and not one single being or location on the earth will remain untouched. Of course, you may not be remotely aware of this, as we each experience life depending upon where we put our attention — and right now there is a reality show of international proportions grabbing the spotlight from nightly news to social … Continue reading THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION: A WORLD AWAKENING

Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause

One of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s original watercolors for The Little Prince “Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Everything can be taken from a man,” the great Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, “but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” A generation later, James Baldwin examined how we imprison ourselves and … Continue reading Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause

Here’s Why You Fall Asleep When You’re Bored

The process that triggers sleep during periods of boredom also offers a pathway for developing less addictive, more therapeutic sleep aids.  BY JOHN DYER Students maybe should be forgiven for falling asleep during boring classes, according to new research. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications that could lead to new treatments for insomnia, scientists in Japan and China found that a tiny area at the forefront of the brain called the nucleus accumbens can induce sleep when the brain lacks stimulation. “The more excited you are, the more dopamine your brain produces,” study co-author Michael Lazarus, a sleep expert at the University of … Continue reading Here’s Why You Fall Asleep When You’re Bored