I implore you to consider this question: Does sadness always have to be heavy and burdensome? It is easy for me to be effervescent, joyful, and rapturously excited about beauty, possibilities, and ideas. I’m apt to be excited. And yet, I am not this way all the time. I can’t be. Or at least, the […]Read more "Easeful Depth: Exploring Sadness as an Asset to Our Emotional Landscape"
It’s a Saturday morning in early October. Sunny, bright, mildly cool Autumn days like this are especially rare in Copenhagen. The day before, Lynda’s laptop just completely stopped working. It would not turn on or off. Of course, she had a tight programming deadline. And then when it finally turned on, Microsoft Search stopped working, […]Read more "Menial Expectations: A Comedy about Roommates"
I grew up on the Internet. Sometimes I dream that I will someday meet all of the people on the internet who I wrote to, and who helped “raise” me, in a way. The Internet to me was a magical Heaven where I could be myself in writing. I had a website and a blog […]Read more "Bardo and What it Means to Live a Life with Love"
The feeling starts when I lay on my back. I love lying on my back and looking up. Instantly, this centers me. It makes me feel calm, and wise. It has always been this way. It grounds me. Lately, something peculiar has started to happen, and I do not know why. I often have this […]Read more "Embodying Relaxation: The Feeling of Falling and Growing Roots"
Emily Dickinson was perplexed by this notion that access to truth has two dimensions, which she referred to as circumscription and circuitry. Circumscription refers to the outer reaches of what we as humans can possibly understand about the cosmos, the universe, and ultimate truth. The circuit refers to our individual existence, and the scope of […]Read more "Compassion as a practice of shifting focus from the self on to another"
One of the main limitations of empathy is that it triggers a deep and intense emotional response to another person or persons. As such, empathy is narrow in scope. We empathize most readily with those who are close in proximity and kinship, those who we can easily imagine ourselves to be. Paul Bloom argues that […]Read more "The Realization that Everyone Else Also Has a Rich and Intricate Subjective Life"
In a 2010 study entitled ‘How do we empathize with someone who is not like us? A functional magenetic resonance imaging study’, Lamm, Meltzoff, and Decety measured empathic neural circuits and connectivity coding for somatosensory, affective, and cognitive aspects of the perception of pain in similar and dissimilar others. Participants in a functional magnetic resonance […]Read more "Empathizing with Difference"