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Poet Mark Doty on the Paradox of Desire and the Courage to Love Against the Certitude of Loss – Brain Pickings

Love, Death, and Whitman: Poet Mark Doty on the Paradox of Desire and the Courage to Love Against the Certitude of Loss

Love and death come to us on common terms — unbidden and total, impervious to protest, naked of pretension. They also come to us entwined: Every love is a franchise of grief, for to love anything is to accept its loss — by a dissipation of ardor or of atoms, the atoms constellating the beloved…

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BLM

Anti-racism protesters chant ‘love football, hate racism’ outside Downing Street

Diane Abbott (centre right) with protestors during a Stand Up to Racism taking the knee event outside Downing Street today

More than 100 protesters chanted ‘love football, hate racism’ and took the knee in front of Downing Street today in solidarity with England football players who were racially abused after the Euro 2020 final. Chants of ‘Black Lives Matter’ also rang out in London as the gathered demonstrators raised their fists and held anti-racism placards aloft,…

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Mental Health

NIMH » NIMH James Jackson Memorial Award Lecture: “Black Mental Health, Mentoring, and Health Equity: A Love Supreme”

Dr. Enrique W. Neblett, Jr. - Image Source: Austin Thomason

Appointment time: July 28, 2021 place: Virtual Sponsored by: The NIMH Disparities Team and the NIMH Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity About the lecture: This lecture marks the start of the NIMH James Jackson Memorial Award. During the lecture, the inaugural award winner Dr. Enrique W. Neblett, Jr. discuss how his current research,…

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Motivational Stories

Rilke on the Relationship Between Solitude, Love, Sex, and Creativity – Brain Pickings

Rilke on the Relationship Between Solitude, Love, Sex, and Creativity

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,” artist Louise Bourgeois wrote in her diary in her seventy-seventh year as she looked back on a long and lush life to consider the central role of solitude in creativity. A generation before her, recognizing that “works…

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Motivational Stories

Sylvia Plath and the Loneliness of Love – Brain Pickings

Sylvia Plath and the Loneliness of Love – Brain Pickings

Western psychologists have rightly observed that “who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love.” Zen Buddhists have rightly observed that “to love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.” That lacuna between whom and how, between the objects of our love and its observance, is powerful…

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Motivational Stories

Libra Woman: Good Traits, Bad Traits, Love and Sex

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Astrology can tell you a lot about a person. For instance, Libra women are friendly, fair, and unreliable. They have trouble sticking to a routine because their minds are always changing. Here is everything you need to know about a Libra woman before committing to someone with a Libra sun sign: Libra Woman Personality Traits…

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Motivational Stories

Pisces Man: Good Traits, Bad Traits, Love and Sex

Lunar eclipse illustration

Astrology can tell you a lot about a person. For instance, Pisces men are creative, compassionate, and empathetic. They care deeply about their family and friends. Here is everything you need to know about a Pisces man before committing to someone with a Pisces sun sign: Pisces Man Personality Traits Unsplash / Farzad Mohsenvand Pisces…

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Motivational Stories

Gemini and Gemini: Friendship and Love Compatibility

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Gemini and Gemini compatibility is pretty high. Although two Gemini will have trouble trusting one another, they will get along well. They share the same values and beliefs, so they will never run out of interesting conversations. Plus, they have the same hobbies and interests, so they will always spend their weekends doing something exciting….

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Motivational Stories

Alan Watts on the Meaning of Freedom, the Only Real Antidote to Fear, and the Deepest Wellspring of Love – Brain Pickings

Alan Watts on the Meaning of Freedom, the Only Real Antidote to Fear, and the Deepest Wellspring of Love

“Fearlessness is what love seeks,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her superb 1929 meditation on love and how to live with the fundamental fear of loss. “Such fearlessness exists only in the complete calm that can no longer be shaken by events expected of the future… Hence the only valid tense is the present, the Now.”…

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Motivational Stories

Aries and Libra: Friendship, Sex, and Love Compatibility

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Aries and Libra compatibility isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. There are plenty of pros and cons to a relationship between these two signs. They might not have a lot in common, but they make a decent match. There’s a chance they can create a lifelong relationship or friendship. They just have to learn…

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Motivational Stories

Olivia Laing on What the Lives of Great Artists Reveal About Vulnerability, Love, Loneliness, Resistance, and Our Search for Meaning – Brain Pickings

Art and the Human Spirit: Olivia Laing on What the Lives of Great Artists Reveal About Vulnerability, Love, Loneliness, Resistance, and Our Search for Meaning

The composite creation of a doctor, a philosopher, a poet, and a sculptor, the word empathy in the modern sense only came into use at the dawn of the twentieth century as a term for the imaginative act of projecting yourself into a work of art, into a world of feeling and experience other than…

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Mental Health

Showing Yourself Love On Valentine’s Day – My Brain’s Not Broken

Showing Yourself Love On Valentine’s Day – My Brain's Not Broken

I’ve written before about the impact holidays can have on our mental health, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Loneliness, isolation, and depression are common feelings during this time of year, and although the causes may be different from other times of the year, these feelings persist. Whether you went through a breakup or are…

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Motivational Stories

How to Love Yourself Unconditionally

How to Love Yourself Unconditionally

Discover how to love yourself unconditionally and improve your quality of life.  To love yourself unconditionally is a seriously misunderstood concept. Before learning how to make it happen, you first need to understand what it doesn’t mean. It is NOT thinking that you’re perfect, absolutely wonderful, and should always be adored. It doesn’t involve accepting…

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