Browsing: Limited Identity

A recent AP-NORC poll reveals that despite America’s deep political polarization, most Americans hold core beliefs central to the nation’s identity. Around 90% of U.S. adults consider the right to vote, equal protection under the law, and privacy as highly important. Additionally, 84% value freedom of religion. The poll indicates broad consensus across political lines, except on the right to bear arms, which Republicans are more likely to view as fundamental. Since these similarities emerge in a period marked by partisanship and concerns of political violence, the findings suggest that Americans, when engaged in direct dialogue, share more common ground…

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Yesterday, former President Donald Trump publicly criticized Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over his New York criminal trial regarding hush money payments. Following a gag order issued by Merchan, which prohibits Trump from discussing the case’s participants publicly, Trump took to Truth Social to express his discontent. He accused Merchan of attempting to infringe on his First Amendment rights and suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump also attacked Merchan’s daughter, alleging her bias, although it was clarified that a social media account she previously owned, which Trump referenced, had been abandoned and repurposed by someone else. The trial, significant…

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Last night, watching the Ravens v. Raiders football game I noticed the message the Raiders had fittingly written on their end zone: End Racism. Which made me wonder, what will it take to do so? Fighting between us because we are different has been haunting mankind since the beginning of time. We have fought each other, and continue to do so to this day, because of racial differences but also because of differences in religion, differences in political views, differences in economic resources. Heck, if we look at fighting in general, even within our own families we fight about differences…

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This post is from the website www.psychology-spot.com and can be found here. Originally entitled: “We do not free ourselves from conventions by despising them, but avoiding being deceived by them, according to Alan Watts”, the article was written by Jennifer Delgado> “To be free from social convention is not to spurn it but not to be deceived by it. It is to be able to use it as an instrument instead of being used by it”, wrote the philosopher Alan Watts. We tend to think that the best way to fight against a convention, belief or idea that we do…

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This article originally appeared in theMay 2003issue of Yoga International. Author: Georg Feuerstein So long as we are not enlightened, we experience ourselves as limited identities—islands of embodied consciousness. We think we are a particular body-mind and relate all our experiences to this inner center we call the ego. If we do this in an exaggerated fashion, others regard us as egomaniacs. If we attribute the workings of the larger world to ourselves, we are delusional. Psychologically speaking, the ego is an essential and necessary aspect of human development. From a spiritual perspective, however, the ego is a mechanism by…

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This an article we found on the website of one of our favorite yogis, isha.sadhguru.com. All writing credit rest with the original publishers of the article. Dear Sadhguru, as I move into a position of power, how can I avoid becoming corrupted by it? Power doesn’t corrupt, people are corrupt. When they get empowered, it becomes super visible. When the microscope is not on them, you don’t see it. But someone who is not corrupt will not become corrupt. First, let us understand what corruption is. If there is something called “me” and there is something called “you,” corruption has…

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A lot of times when people think of leveling up in life, they think of acquiring more wealth or fame but there are so many more things to live for that are pretty cool too. Like leveling up on your own by making peace with your surroundings. If we let our mind see the world only from the perspective that some things are good and others are bad, then most surroundings on Earth become not that great. Provided your basic needs are met, then if you take a minute to stop to look and listen to what surrounds you, you…

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