Can Comparing Life to a Video Game Help Us Imagine the Supernatural?

I read an article tonight about angels, speculating about their ‘transgender’ or ‘genderqueer’ characteristics.

When I think about things like this, esoteric, mysterious things, I end up making the world sort of like a video game to accommodate these other experiences.

In a video game, we are aware of an inner and outer reality–we live in the outer, and engage in the inner.

The inner reality has its own rules, and is much more limited in its scope. Its rules are more rigid, and there are fewer and more clearly defined consequences.

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Are You Anemic to the Good Life?

I was moody today. To the point where someone noticed. I got caught.

It took me until 5 to realize it probably had something to do with not eating lunch.

But I’m in sales; I DON’T eat lunch a lot of the time.

Then I thought about how I may have not been eating enough for the last few days. I probably was a little anemic as I get used to this new lifestyle.

I went to a local cafe which, like many in Asheville, are at least vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly.

As I was eating my tofu taco with tofu churizo (chur-E-zo she corrected me), I told myself to be conscious of what I was eating. To identify what I was eating. The ingredients, the flavor.

It was then I made a connection about being aware of your life ingredients, too.

I felt a little anemic to life as well.

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Lifestyle Update: Going Vegetarian and Dropping “Added Sugar”

My friends will tell you what a bore I can be.

I like things just so. My ideas are like elaborate crystalline sculptures–they can only come out one way, and often, that way isn’t vocalizeable.

When someone is talking to me I close my eyes–so I can focus on what they are saying, and tune out the other voices in my head.

I also close my eyes when I give an answer. I was told that this is an energy saving technique: our visual processing takes up almost 80 – 90% of our brain power, so this is a natural way to boost our ability to think.

A lack of energy resources became a big problem for me this past year.

My daughter was born. There were other things going on to, but as far as providing context, this is the most important detail.

I became a totally different person: a grouch, anxious, angry. So I started making changes.

The best thing I’ve done is have change my diet: I’m now vegetarian, and I’ve become “added sugar” free.

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What Does It Take to Change Someone’s Beliefs? A Discussion On Homosexuality and Assumptions

I read about a church who, upon discovering that a member of their youth had come out to his friends at a recent retreat, immediately banned that boy and his family from attending their church.

My wife read this, too, and was upset about this. She said that if she heard about something like this happening, she would feel like she needed to say something to someone, maybe the church elders at that church, and tell them how unfair they are being to that boy and to their mission as Christians to support everyone and to love them unconditionally.

We all have been in situations like these, where you feel compelled to stand up for what is right, to voice your beliefs in hope they will do some good to that person or in the world in general. Of course, the other person is also acting out of their just as deeply held beliefs.

If you are wanting to change a person’s beliefs in order to change their behavior, you must get deep down to the point where that belief begins.

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Can You Turn Lust Into Love? On Transfiguring the Passions

I haven’t found a good copy of the Philokalia, the anthology of the saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church, for the Kindle. I did find Philokalia: The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality by Anthony M. Coniaris with the subtitle as Orthodox Spirituality for the Lay Person and it has been a marvelous text in itself. It functions almost like a daily devotional for me, with short, poignant sections mostly quoting the saints with glosses on either side as well as contemporary anecdotes and writings from everyone from Carl Jung to C. S. Lewis.

In rediscovering the work of the desert fathers, which I studied at length in undergrad at the University of South Carolina under the guidance of Dr. James Cutsinger, who is a world renowned expert in the Perrenialist philosophic tradition and practicing orthodox Christian himself, I appreciate now how systematically this tradition approaches the spiritual life. There is rich tradition here of people tirelessly mastering their own bodies and thoughts while mapping out what today we would call a psychoanalytic record of the way evil emerges from our hearts.

Today I read a section about how Christianity does not attempt to do away with passions–taken here to mean vices or sin–but instead channels their disordered energy towards God, thereby transfiguring them into virtues.

A few of the most helpful excerpts are here:

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Progress Report–One Week And Counting!

So I finished my first week of daily blogging.

It was a good experience. I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve taken ownership of this thing, and begun to look forward to adding to it, improving it, and learning about the online industries it’s connected to.

I have this idea for a large post but I don’t know if I will be able to complete it for a while. It requires a lot of research–already, there are so many open tabs on my browser right now it has its own scroll button.

I may make a post about the idea itself, just the outline of it, then write the pointed version when I find my slant.

What Gets Me Excited?

I was working with a client recently who was a cardiologist, and during the process he repeatedly kept complimenting me and my thought process in making suggestions. He said things like, “You’re in the wrong line of work,” or “you’re too smart to be doing this.” Then he said that the way I thought reminded him of one of his colleagues who is a psychologist. And instantly I lit up. “Really?” I said. “I want to be a psychologist,” I said.

This was validating for me to know that the way I brought value to this person was specifically in using my mind to identify his true feelings and emotions, to help him see what was most important for him, and to show him how to best achieve those things, using a creative mindset to overcome obstacles along the way.

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Daily Blogging Exercise: What Are You Most Proud Of?

The thing that most readily comes to mind is that walk around competition. It was something that was so terrifying to me initially that I didn’t even want to participate in the dealership event. I almost choked in the first minute doing that one, but I pulled myself together and finished it, knowing it was sub par, but that I had done what I set out to do.

Of course, when I won, I had to move on to the semi finals in D.C. which required a herculean effort, leaving after a dealer event late to drive straight through the night to get to D.C., sleep and study at the hotel, and then be the last person to compete the next afternoon. Again, I felt like it was sub par, but I checked all the boxes I set out to check. Again, I won that one, too.

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