Finding love again
Did any of you see the interview with Nev Schulman on TV the other day? He has a new book out about ‘catfishing’… which apparently means lying online to get a date.
Here’s the meaning from the Urban Dictionary: ‘A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.’
I found this all quite entertaining, because I met my new [and improve!] husband through Match.com over nine years ago. Yes, you have to be super careful out there, and yet I just don’t get how lying to others about who you are will ever pay off!
The part of Nev’s interview I found most entertaining was how some lie with their photos online, by having them photoshopped, etc. He said the new thing is to ask perspective dates to go have their photo taken with a specific item in their hand, to get a more recent and accurate image.
Bugs do it. Pigs do it… but do we do it?
Would you select your next lover based solely on their smell?
Learn more about pheromone parties and how they work!
ON THE OTHER HAND… hope you didn’t miss this study:
A study conducted by UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle.
For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. However, if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his chest while he is on fire.
No further studies are expected.
“You never know what the spirit of intention can do.” –Robert Mirabal
We spent a marvelous morning on Saturday at the Native American Celebration at Fort Francisco in La Veta.
First of all the Fort is a beautiful example of 1800s adobe construction. Their exhibits are also a wonderful collection of memorabilia from the past century, like a a walk through the homes of the early 1900s. Old furniture, clothes, and my favorite, photos of people from our past.
Then we enjoyed a dance performance by three girls from the Jicarilla Apache Nation. The highlight was a performance by Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Yes, his music is a wonder, but I also found great wisdom in his words.
Robert shared with this mostly European-American crowd the history of this area and what it meant to Native Americans. He explained why his ancestors came up here from the south and kept the trails alive and fresh for others. He spoke of intention in our daily life.
When Robert plays his flutes and sings, it sounds like he is channeling the life and stories of his ancestors, bringing up vivid imagery of our Native American past.
And in a way, isn’t that what we all do each day, channel our ancestors? So much of who we are is determined by choices made by our parents and grandparents.
I am honored to be now living on this land where the buffalo roamed, the place where my grandfather hoped to retire. I feel closer to the land than I have in decades, and I intent to protect this land and its heritage.
I just discovered a new show on TNT called ‘Perception.‘ Have your seen it yet? Very interesting!
Last night the main character, a neuroscientist played by Eric McCormack from Will & Grace, discussed an essential fact to know about how our brains work. Scientists have shown that when it comes to our brains, what we focus on does GROW!
Every time you access a certain memory in your brain, your neurons create more connections to that thought making it ever more accessible the next time.
Here’s how that’s important to your mental health when you break up with somebody. Nobody wants to focus on sad thoughts from your past, but it happens. Like in that great song Someone That I Used To Know:
How does this work? You seek some sort of resolution to the feelings of abandonment and pain, but by focusing so strongly on rejection, you build up more and more connections to negative thoughts. Not good for your mental health!
The best solution? Seek out a good therapist who can help you focus completely on those thoughts until you find a way past your past trauma. Sometimes the solution is Gestalt or some other method which pushes you through the whole experience to the other side with a nice jolt of insight and catharsis.
Whatever you do, don’t ruminate on past, negative thoughts forever. It’s a nasty trap which can ruin your life, causing you to never believe in love again. Don’t let one bad relationship ruin you life!
To learn more about getting past your past, don’t miss my new book: How To Believe In Love Again: Opening to Forgiveness, Trust and Your Own Inner Wisdom.
I have to say, I am very impressed with the emotional intelligence of this young writer in her 20s. This list: “20 Things You Need to Accept About Your 20s” is quite useful for those of all ages.
And when it comes to love, truer words were never spoken!
“The first time you fall in love probably won’t be the last. There are different kinds of love and people that will come into your life for different reasons.”
How useful to know this for certain at age 20, instead of trying to “make” everything last.
But my favorite love truth is this:
“When you do find your person, they aren’t going to be perfect. Your relationship or marriage will be hard sometimes. It isn’t about thinking someone is perfect; it’s about knowing that they are perfect for you. You need to marry your best friend, not your “dream” man or woman.