Each mind is a mythology of Self and Non-Self, woven out of facts and fictions. "Bottom Feeder" is a collection of stories by Pavel Somov, a Russian-American psychologist-author, who grew up in the Soviet Union.
Psychologist, author (Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, Eating the Moment), international speaker, CrossFit enthusiast, on Advisory Board of Mindfulness Project (London, UK). A modern-day ape continuously lost and found in the jungle of Real and Abstract, ever interested in the monkey business of being human. I grew up in Russia, served in the Soviet military, and immigrated to US in my early twenties. You can find me online at drsomov.com or pavelsomov.com. I am also on Twitter @pavelgsomov and on Instagram #unprincipledknowledge
"Tat tvam asi" goes an ancient Vedic meme. It means: "I am that," in case you've forgotten your Sanskrit. There is a piece of us in everyone we meet. Both before and after we share in the first handshake.
Their overture in my direction was a seamlessly polished fly-fishing cast. Plop! The moment radiated through me with the power of a first sunrise. I offered no name in return for now. I was taken aback, pleasantly so, and definitely dialed in even more. Right then and there, I realized that she was the bait and he was the hook. But what were they fishing for? Surely not for the mackerel that I was. I was on the hook anyway, with Mila’s legs and Sergei’s tactlessly assertive entrance into my little clover world of treasured thoughts and insights, and, of course, the indeterminacy of their mission. There was a magic to it that I couldn’t resist. Perhaps, even more than magic, maybe, even magnetism.