Psychosocial Stress, Shit-Life Syndrome, Dukkha, and the Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

Stress and Shittiness edited by Marmalade and O Society What causes heart disease – Part 63 by Malcolm Kendrick To keep this simple, and stripping terminology down things down to basics, the concept I am trying to capture, and the word that I am going to use, here to describe the factor that can affect entire … Continue reading Psychosocial Stress, Shit-Life Syndrome, Dukkha, and the Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

What is Mettā Meditation?

Discovering your capacity for lovingkindness by Sharon Saltzberg Radiant Mindedited by O Society May 25, 2019 In metta meditation, we direct lovingkindness toward ourselves and then, in a sequence of expansion, towards somebody we love already. Somebody we are neutral towards. Somebody we have difficulty with. And ultimately toward all beings everywhere without distinction.In vipassana meditation, we … Continue reading What is Mettā Meditation?

Cheerfulness Cannot be Compulsory No Matter What the T-shirt Says

Practising the Greek virtues of wisdom and courage is one thing. But being cheerful the American way borders on psychosis by Mariana Alessandri Aeon edited by O Society May 5, 2019 I once ended up at a Boy Scout ceremony in the northeast United States, where I inhaled the American spirit unfiltered. The boys’ uniforms had Stars-and-Stripes … Continue reading Cheerfulness Cannot be Compulsory No Matter What the T-shirt Says

The Case for Empathy

In a world of difference we can – and should – work harder to cultivate subtle, perceptive empathy towards all human beings by Elizabeth Segal Aeon edited by O Society April 23, 2019 Empathy, the sharing of feelings with another person and consequently caring about them, is typically a virtue in our society. ‘I hear you’ and … Continue reading The Case for Empathy

Fire poppies: rare golden flowers rise from the ashes in California

These flowers are popping up – a silver lining for areas hit hard by intense fires Katharine Gammon in Los Angeles Guardian edited by O Society Apr 23, 2019 A fire poppy only blooms after a wildfire. Photograph: Courtesy of the National Park Service When wildfires swept through southern California last year they left a trail … Continue reading Fire poppies: rare golden flowers rise from the ashes in California