Anastasia Kirtiklis writes about the use of yoga to bypass emotions in an attempt to take the express lane to enlightenment. This is something I observed a great deal in my more active days as a yogi. One highlight:
My biggest issue with the love and light spiel is that it encourages repression. This is why spiritual bypassing … is such an issue. Take a person who isn’t comfortable with his emotions and tell him that he’s headed toward enlightenment if he transcends them. POOF! You have a person with little-to-no self awareness who sits on a cushion blissing out and avoiding half his life, because his skips that crucial early step of meeting and feeling his emotions.
This is a topic I think about often and should write about more. I really can’t say enough good things about the article; I urge you to read it if you are now, used to be, or might in the future attend a yoga class anywhere in the Western hemisphere.
The Daily Mail has the scoop on a Palestinian man, Khalil Shreateh, who discovered a Facebook security issue that allows anyone to post on someone else’s wall. He brought it to Facebook’s attention seeking the $500 reward for doing so. What happened next is remarkable:
But instead of thanking him and fixing the issue, Facebook said it wasn’t a bug. And because of the methods Shreateh used to finally convince them of the threat, Facebook later denied him the reward usually given to programmers who report holes in the site’s security.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s bad PR not to pay this guy his reward. Ethicists refer to this in technical terms as a “dick move,” Mark.
Iris Higgins has a worthwhile read up at Huffington Post wherein she apologizes to all of her former weight loss clients for giving them unhealthy and/or shaming feedback. There is a lot of good info in the apology; folks who are stressing carbs and calories or trying to decide how much of a priority to making eating real food (as opposed to edible food-like substances) ought to give this a read.
Business Insider has the story of how lobster went from being the “poor man’s meal” to the gourmet food it is today. I love the taste of lobster, but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve eaten the stuff since I learned they’re boiled alive. That’s got to be some bad karma.
Slate’s Future Tense blog has a FREE hearing test you can take online. All you need is headphones and an internet connection that will handle 1080p streaming (be sure to read the directions). The video provides some facts you might not know about how hearing works and is impaired over time. I’m happy and surprised that the test put my hearing as “Under 30” (I’m over 30 years old). I’ve spent a lot of time with Wagner, Billy Idol, et al. blaring in earbuds while running or riding the tube. [maybe you should stop feeling bad about that now, dude]
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