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Mike
Berkeley, California
Interests: Meditation, Spirituality, World Religions, Poetry, Music
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Dr. Kristin Neff researches self-love. In her blog, she writes, “The number one reason people give for why they aren’t more self-compassionate is that they’re afraid if they’re too soft on themselves, they’ll let themselves get away with anything. They really believe that their internal judge plays a crucial role... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Mystic Rants
Another confusion people have about self-love and self-acceptance involves conflating acceptance with indiscriminance, a kind of laissez-faire “anything goes.” Having punishingly harsh judgements about one’s self is crazy, and the opposite, a complete running wild, is also crazy. As a wise person once said, the opposite of crazy is also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Mystic Rants
One person stands out as the person who clearly has had the largest and deepest impact on the entire course of what we know as music, and that person is Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Many people fail to appreciate how music that bears no resemblance to his own still bears... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Mystic Rants
This is a the second in series of articles on self-love, self-compassion, and self-acceptance. Before continuing, we have to address a few obvious misconceptions. The terms “self-love” and “love of self” have gotten a bad rap in Western theology and religion. The criticisms tend to think of self-love either as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Mystic Rants
This is a series of articles on self-love, self-compassion, and self-acceptance. Think of all the ethical ideals, how you should be treating others in order to be a good person. Why aren’t you giving yourself the same respect and care that you naturally give others? As I understand the wisdom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Mystic Rants
Link to Emotional Health, Part 1 Link to Emotional Health, Part 2 This is the third and last part of my musings on emotional health. Once again, do not use these to beat yourself up or judge yourself or anyone else harshly. Start from a place of abundant self-love and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Mystic Rants
Link to Emotional Health, Part 1 This is part two of my musings on emotional health. Before reading this, ground yourself in self-love and self-acceptance. You are deeply lovable exactly as you are. If you embody some of the ideals here, commend yourself. If you see ideals that you don’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Mystic Rants
[A note on pronouns: for grammatical clarity, I have chosen to use a singular pronoun for the “emotionally healthy person.” Arbitrary, I have chosen the female pronoun she/her. Of course, any human being can be emotionally healthy, anyone of any gender, any race or ethnicity, etc. To be emotionally healthy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Mystic Rants
The original “Serenity Prayer” is attributed to theologian-philosopher Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971). It appeared in oral form some time in the 1930s, and by the late 1930’s, other authors were attributing it to Niebuhr. Niebuhr himself did not publish it until 1951. God, grant me the serenity to accept... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Mystic Rants
A mystic listens to “Helter Skelter” The song “Helter Skelter” was featured on the second disk of the famous White Album. Paul McCartney read that, in writing the song “I Can See for Miles,” the Who’s Pete Townsend was trying to write the loudest, rawest song ever written. McCartney wanted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Mystic Rants
We live in time in which there are two cultures in the United States: the Culture of Love and the Culture of Fear. First of all, let me explain these terms. Of course, all parents love their children, and everybody loves their own family and friends—in that sense, love is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Mystic Rants
The case for atheism may be a whole book. The case against atheism can't be more than a few pages. I love the irony of this. There have been entire lengthy tomes written making the case for atheism, and the fact that there are so many words in that worldview... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Mystic Rants
In the modern outwardly-focused worddrunk world, there is a story that, to a great extent, people don't change. Quirks and habits persist, and perhaps multiply over the years. Sore spots remain sore spots, and perhaps even expand. There is very little healing beyond sheer forgetting and denial. Certainly some people,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Mystic Rants
The title of this post is paradoxical. At first blush, it may seem a topic launched by someone opposed to all discussion of religion and spirituality. In fact, exactly the opposite is the case. I not only have respect for all religious and spiritual traditions, but I genuinely believe that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at Mystic Rants
In my first blog, I have spoken of being worddrunk and of our worddrunk culture. There are many confusion and conflations typical of a worddrunk culture. One is that anything said loudly or said frequently is mistaken for something true. For example, much of advertising is predicated on this misapprehension.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Mystic Rants
The Way that can be expressed in words is not the Abiding Way. — Laozi, opening words of the Daodejing The word "worddrunk" I have borrowed from the Zen Buddhist tradition. The modern world is a worddrunk world, and modern people tend to be worddrunk people. To be worddrunk is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Mystic Rants
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