Category: Relationships

I Wear Your Face.

    By Marcee Murray King I can’t escape it. I have spent my life trying to not see it, to forget the similarities I bear to you in personality. Behavior. Looks. I have not seen you in almost nine years—your choice—yet there you are, having spent the last three years alone, drunk, on pills, haggard and now filled with cancer that is eating you alive.  I am here, of course. And still, all everyone says when they see us together this day in the nursing home is, “You look just like her! It is unbelievable!” I joke with...

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Meditation: What It Is…and Isn’t.

  By Sharon Salzberg When I first returned in 1974 from studying in India, I’d commonly find myself at a party or social situation where someone would ask me, “What do you do?” When I replied, “I teach meditation,” I’d more often than not hear them say “Oh,” as they sidled away. The implication of their reaction was very clear; “That’s weird!” Nowadays, largely because of scientific research into meditation’s affect on the brain and immune system, and the pioneering efforts of clinicians to study the effects of meditation on all areas of life where the quality of our attention...

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How Our Perceptions Shape Our World.

  By Deb Avery The new 3-D street art that is popping up in the cities is amazingly beautiful. We take our photos standing next to the edge of an abyss, a large wild animal or even in an alien landscape. It’s very realistic—that is until you shift positions, or walk out past that precipice into open space. And instead of falling, you find yourself still on a solid surface. Your body and mind may take a few seconds to register this fact, and you may go through the motions of free fall, even though your feet never leave...

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The 7 Levels of Technological Hell.

  By Heather Hunter Facebook. Twitter. SnapChat. Instagram. Tumblr. Text messaging. Cell phones. These are the many names of stress. The technology we have available to us every waking second of our lives is powerful stuff. In an instant, with few limitations regarding where I am, I can check my bank balance, review business documents, text my daughter, play a meaningless trivia game to pass the time and check in on how or where an old friend from high school is located. I can read the essays and poems of my partners in creative rebellion, view photographs of the countryside...

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Sewn Together.

  By Dana Gornall I have a patchwork quilt kind of family. While yes, I know most everyone does—families tend to contain varying degrees of personality types in them—but mine is quite literally a patchwork quilt. There is a part of me that is envious of the people who have accounts and can trace their lineage back to the Mayflower, early Japan or the Druids of England, but for me there are only stories and photo albums of those that have become my family through this hand crafted paper chain of people. It’s kind of tricky when my...

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