WisdomFeed StreetSmart Conversations presents this refreshing talk with John Kim, author of The Angry Therapist: The No BS Guide To Finding and Living Your Own Truth & published by our content partners and collaborators Parallax Press.
As he was going through an expired relationship, John Kim created a blog on Tumblr and titled his first post “My Fucking Feelings”. He named his blog The Angry Therapist and started to document his journey post divorce.
Even though he was a licensed therapist, John chose not to present himself that way. He wore t-shirts and jeans. He preferred the language of “me too” as opposed to “you should”. He blogged about his short comings, revelations, and his views on relationships, the self help business, and the world. He found CrossFit, bought a motorcycle, and started coaching people in unconventional ways.
For more about John, check out his website, http://www.theangrytherapist.com.
I wish people who don’t meditate would stop saying things like “I meditate on my motorcycle.” That’s not meditation. You’re not bringing people to meditation with statements like that. Co-opt another word for whatever you do.
I disagree Pamela. While traditional meditation usually comes in the form of sitting upright, breathing, and allow your thoughts to come and go freely, etc, etc…. meditation comes in MANY, MANY forms. Yoga is a form of physical meditation. It requires you to be present and focused in the moment, not focusing on things other than the present moment. The physical practice of yoga is traditionally used as a means of preparing your mind & body for more advanced forms of meditation.
The kind of physical and mental attention you exhibit in yoga, you might also exhibit while riding a motorcycle – it requires intense focus and concentration, and trains your mind to maintain a more meditative state. To exclude people from the meditation conversation just because it’s not what might be considered traditional will only push people away from wanting to learn more about it in general.