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Every human thought, word, or deed is based on 1 of 2 ways of living: either out of fear or out of love.
Fear is the energy which contracts, closes down, draws in, hides, hoards, & harms. Love is the energy which expands, opens up, sends out, reveals, shares, & heals.
This is the free choice we each have - choose wisely beloved. 🖤✌🏽❤️

I was one of the weeks ago but I never download, just stream the episodes. I couldn’t let this fact go unsaid, clearly. I have been meaning to revisit the end of pt 1 when Bushi references teachers I meant to look up- thanks for the hashtag and the reminder, friends

Can’t believe I’m willingly putting a book titled “Six Pillars of Self Esteem” on my actual reading list. But bell hooks’ description of
Nathaniel Branden’s:

1. the practice of living consciously
2. self-acceptance
3. self-responsibility
4. self-assertiveness
5. living purposefully and
6. the practice of personal integrity

makes it clear to me that self esteem is not a simple concept, but is hard work and also imperative to all my relationships in life.

Thankful to have renewed my library copy of bell hooks’ All About Love a second time now to reread ch 4 on self-love because DAMN this concept is the foundation on which all my intra- and inter-personal healing and growth depends.

Am I correct in deducing that most people participating in aren't done with the book yet? Should we attempt to facilitate discussion more to completion before we move on? I’m only on chapter 4 tho soo... I know I would benefit from a flexible but slightly regular reading/discussing schedule. Thoughts?

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The Gospel According to Mike (via hyper intelligent aliens and 2000 year old recording tech): ADD TO CART BUY NOW DOWNLOAD STREAMING EVERYWHERE ETC lollll this one’s a good one, guys

Aaarrggh literally fuck high heels — WHY DO WE KEEP AGREEING TO THIS, LADIES?! RIP shins, knees, ankles, MOBILITY IN MY OLD AGE

@mike I’m really glad you’re making progress creating healthy boundaries/methods of doing your job of podcaster. I relate with your tendency to absorb experiences/emotions of those who reach out to you. I am realizing in this moment that I should probably quit the cutesy joke of referring to you as my pseudo “dad” bc yikes I don’t wanna contribute any further to your need to build various levels of boundaries for yourself, professionally and just social media-ly, in the name of self care. ❤️ Love

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Starting the latest ep which will be heard in chunks thruout my weekend, but just came here to say: THANK YOU @mike and @vishnu for skipping the intro. It’s so wonderful and I do love it but it blasts my eardrums and I start each episode w a level of agitation that I then have to pause and redirect/recover from... Also I LOVE YOU BOTH. Also

Friends, are we doing or ? I need a clear definition in at least ONE area of my life rn lolll

all about love Chapter 1 

I didn’t even make it past page six til I had to take a loong beat to process this distinction between “cathexis” and “love” as defined by Peck. I’m reflecting on my household of origin... on various friendships... on my chosen family... wow. Experiencing gradual, growing grief here tonight over the realization of love I have neither given nor received throughout my life. Deeply painful to internalize. Albeit helpful. But... pretty gut wrenching.

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#theliturgistsbookclub All About Love: Chapter 3 

I appreciate the analysis of how men & women are socialized in honesty/deception, but wish there was space made for non-binary folks. If anyone identifies as non-binary and would feel comfortable doing so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you felt/feel socialized by gender roles around honesty/deception. (Fully acknowledging it's not your obligation to educate me, but I'd be grateful to learn from your perspective.)

All About Love Ch 3 

"To know love we have to tell the truth to ourselves and to others. Creating a false self to mask fears and insecurities has become so common that many of us forget who we are and what we feel beneath the pretense. Breaking through this denial is always the first step in uncovering our longing to be honest and clear."

Could it be that love and lies cannot coexist any more than love and abuse can? 6/6

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For all you non-USAmerican Liturgists: how do you feel your journey/process/deconstruction differs from what our fellow Liturgists in the US commonly experience?

In my case, it was that religion and politics aren't married, our church was theologically conservative but relatively diverse politically. Although the Religious Right is growing in Paraguay, it isn't nearly as influential as in the US.

My parents and I no longer agree on many theological issues, but we agree that 45 is an asshole.

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If you really want to know what someone believes, look at what they do

All About Love Ch 3 

Whoa. ok. Soo slight chance I might have an 8 wing and it came out real feisty as I read this chapter. My objections are secondary to the main point hooks makes, which I think is: 5/

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It's super complicated, especially as I'm learning that sometimes I don't even realize I am being dishonest. There are so many levels here but I strongly question whether any of them are as simple as 'men lie to retain their power and women lie to appear powerless within the binary power structure.' 4/

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All About Love Ch 3 

I've never, to the best of my memory, (intentionally) faked an orgasm. So. I just felt the overwhelming need to be clear to anyone who's reading the book that things like dishonesty and trust do not demonstrate themselves necessarily within a gender binary or even as dualistically as one might infer from this chapter. 3/

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