I used to go out to the edge of the yard where we had a tire swing hanging from a huge old oak tree. It felt far away from everyone, and I would swing and make up songs for hours.
It seemed like hours, all alone, the lift and fall of the swing, the almost dizzy feeling, the disconnect, and the singing.
One day I heard our sweet… Continue reading
Part 1. Spend your normal amount of time on social media today.
Right before you go to sleep, note your feelings about humanity on a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being “would exterminate most” and 10 being “humanity is wonderful.”
YOU HAVE TO BE HONEST OR THIS WON’T WORK.
You can’t mark down what you wish you felt, or what you want to feel, or… Continue reading
These two things are not the same. They are very different. But we get them mixed up all the time, and that’s problematic.
Mixing up acceptance and approval creates all sorts of confusion, and misunderstandings, and cycles of abuse.
Acceptance is what we need and want from each other, but all too often we go around asking for approval instead.
And we go around giving out approval
I have this idea that’s been floating around in my mind, that there are two levels to the world we live in:
- Level 1: the most obvious level, the physical world with all its systems and structures, economic exchanges, and social rules.
- Level 2: the higher (or deeper?) level, the place where we see each other for who we really are, we see what’s really going on
He was blue. Or at least bluish. That seemed the strangest thing to him, right now, out of all the strange things that were around him. And were him.
The red desert stretching around him with the black sky, somehow light overhead, no sun beaming down or fierce heat on his head but just the strange dry rock, or sand, or something, particles that weren’t like any other he’d… Continue reading