COVID-19, and Everything Else

Hello everyone. Hope you’re all well in the midst of what’s going on. What a time to be alive. First off, sending protection, clarity, and peace to everyone. I pray we’re feeling more settled, and that we’ve gotten some rest and recuperation over the last couple weeks. Thank you to all the tirelessly laboring social … Continue Reading

Finding Home

Finding Home

The things that make me feel safe and sound are mostly immaterial. Genuine conversations; freedom; music; being deeply understood. Physical objects rarely bring me comfort, but I do find myself fiercely protecting a short list of a few tangible tokens. Tasty, nutritious food; a balanced home; a distraction-free workspace; plants; unique pieces of art. Take … Continue Reading

To be a Better Writer, I must understand my Needs

Being a writer is like breathing. It brings with it life, clarity, and fuel for the vessel carrying the soul through The Journey. Learning to write, on the other hand, is like learning to ride a bike. Except that this particular bike is extra jerky, producing constantly-shifting aerodynamics making the rider’s body contort in ways … Continue Reading

When the Citizens Cry, the World Must Listen

There exists a deep dissatisfaction inside the hearts and minds of so many people in our current world. The recent protests around the globe demonstrate the basic flaw with how “the show” has been running since the beginning of memory. When disgruntled people unite in solidarity, standing up for basic human dignity and the right … Continue Reading

Stopping Self-Sabotage

“When you know yourselves, then you will be known…“ As a kid, I was never the fastest runner. I was an okay athlete though, sometimes able to out-maneuver the more physically-gifted kids on the block, and occasionally out-compete those who hadn’t yet found their confidence or strength. There seemed to be a relentless drive in … Continue Reading

Virtual Reality to help with Grief and Anxiety

Grief. Anxiety. Main ingredients in the cuisine of human suffering. How much of our collective energy is focused on eliminating or understanding these primary fears? Scientists, thinkers, artists, healers, and anyone seeking to better understand these shadow parts of our psyche have offered innumerable ideas, songs, medicines, and rituals in an attempt to solve, or … Continue Reading

Changing the Language of Mental Health

Outcast. Bi-Polar. Crazy. Schizo. Anti-social. Disabled. Broken. Delusional.  Words.  How powerful. And equally sinister. It’s no wonder that we call the act of constructing words SPELL-ing. Language is truly a spell – an incantation that controls virtually every aspect of life, from media to politics to everyday interactions.  The world of mental health is no … Continue Reading

Addiction to Pleasure

Pleasure.  How tricky has our relationship to this basic human drive become?  Wikipedia defines pleasure as “…a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking.” Merriam-Webster offers a simpler  perspective: “A state of gratification.” Since time immemorial, people have largely misunderstood this primal drive, especially its … Continue Reading

The Alpha Male and Empathy

How often do we say the words alpha male and empathy in the same sentence? Chances are, we often think the two ideas are like oil and water. However, according to premier primatologist and researcher, Frans De Waal, modern society has been misinformed about what an Alpha Male really is. Our current view of the … Continue Reading

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