There is a crazy but enchanting theory of love in Plato’s classic philosophical text, Symposium, that is centered around the idea that humans were once fused sexes, circular beings that were chopped in half at Zeus’s command to diminish their power.
Some were male, some were female, and the rest were half male and female. After Zeus, who was the king of the Greek gods, halved the humans, they began roaming the face of the earth in search of one another.
Thousands of years later, this romantic—and fatalistic idea—that we are all wandering halves waiting, or actively looking, for our soulmates—our other halves—still permeates popular culture...Read full article on Elephant Journal
-By Natasha Scripture
(First appeared in Elephant Journal)
A few years ago, I had a recurring nightmare that I was being swallowed up by New York City, the dizzying megalopolis I used to call home. The feeling paralleled a fainting episode: the cacophony around me began to retreat into a dulled echo; I felt light-headed and clammy before plunging into a free fall when blackness would hit. With the descent—with the sudden quiet and sensation of being swept into oblivion—came profound physical relief, as if I was returning to breath, the source of life... Read full article on Mindful
-by Natasha Scripture
(First appeared on Mindful)
Navigating change in romantic relationships
Most of us mortals say we are open to change, but we are attached to the comfort of knowing. We want to know what comes next, and we want to know what—and who—can be relied on. Navigating this desire is especially hard when it comes to romantic relationships. Being wedded to our expectations of loved ones presents challenges, largely because we are not static beings.
Just as nature is ever-changing, so are we. Just as organisms, stars, and galaxies are in constant flux, so are we. Our thoughts, our emotions, and even our physical chemistry are in states of constant transformation. Consider the anatomy of our bodies. Every second of every day the cells in our bodies are dividing. Cells are dying and being replaced. We are constantly recreating ourselves, unknowingly, which means we are continuously, effortlessly, and involuntarily changing—whether we like it or not....Read full article in Spiral Magazine (published by The Rubin Museum)
-By Natasha Scripture
(First appeared in Spiral Magazine)