Right Brain

  by Richard Cooke edited by O Society September 16, 2019 On my desk sit four containers of so-called "brain pills." Though they are made by four separate companies, they are similar enough in appearance and content to be almost interchangeable. The ingredients mention green tea extract and bacopa, B vitamins, and black pepper extract. … Continue reading Right Brain

The Practice of San Ti Shi in Xing Yi Quan

孫福全 Sun Lutang by Tom Bisio edited by O Society September 12, 2019 Xing Yi Quan & San Ti Shi Standing in San Ti Shi is one of the most important parts of foundational training (Ji Ben Gong) of Xing Yi Quan. In Xing Yi Quan there are three key elements that must simultaneously cultivated … Continue reading The Practice of San Ti Shi in Xing Yi Quan

VooDoo Accident Down at the Forge (Musical Interlude)

by O Society August 18, 2019 There's an old story of this monk called Bodhidharma. Story goes like this: Once Upon A Time, Bodhidharma came upon a monastery in China, so he decided to stop awhile to teach the monks about Buddhism. They did a bunch of sitting staring at the wall for nine years … Continue reading VooDoo Accident Down at the Forge (Musical Interlude)

Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

How we became suckers for the hard labor of self-optimization. by Jia Tolentino edited by O Society August 2, 2019 The ideal woman is always generic. I bet you can picture the version of her that runs the show today. She’s of indeterminate age but resolutely youthful presentation. She’s got glossy hair and the clean, shameless … Continue reading Athleisure, barre and kale: the tyranny of the ideal woman

The problem of mindfulness

Mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with (troubling) assumptions about the self and the cosmos by Sahanika Ratnayake edited by O Society August 2, 2019 Three years ago, when I was studying for a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, mindfulness was very much in the air. The Department of Psychiatry had … Continue reading The problem of mindfulness

Dormant Butt Syndrome is a Thing & You Might Have It (Echochamber Friday)

Welcome to Echochamber Friday, when we read articles we wouldn't normally look at so we don't become frogs in a well. Today, we are going to learn how to have gluteus maximus fabulous instead of glutinous minimus flatimus. Here we go... by Korin Miller edited by O Society July 12, 2019   Your butt plays a vital … Continue reading Dormant Butt Syndrome is a Thing & You Might Have It (Echochamber Friday)