Meditation and the Benefits Of Mindfulness

9 Benefits Of Mindfulness for PTSD, addiction, and depression

Mindfulness has become a trend that has gotten the attention of many people. Once a sacred practice – such as mindfulness – becomes popularized, the depth can be lost in translation. In order to return to what made this holistic practice popular, let’s take a look at these 9 benefits of Mindfulness, the meaning of […]

How to Use Mindfulness to Unleash Limitless Potential 

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King Can you imagine what it would feel like to have no fear?  To really feel that you can do anything or be anyone you strive to be?  When we watch people accomplish the seemingly impossible, we find ourselves in […]

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LIVING A LIE – When Self-Interest Trumps Truth

It is an eye opening occasion to see good people choose self-interest over truth. We are not discussing enlightened self-interest here. Enlightenment has not entered the picture when one steers away from the truth in order to avoid its consequences. The trouble that arises as a consequence of truth is, in fact, NO trouble at […]

My Panic Attacks

My Panic Attacks

I was in my early thirties when I had my first panic attack. I wondered at the time where the word “panic” came from and found that it derived from the Greek god Pan, whose sudden appearance caused terror, like that of a stampeding herd of cattle. That’s just what it felt like. I was […]

The Wisdom of OWLS Finding Liberation From Conflict And Suffering

The Wisdom of OWLS – Finding Liberation from Conflict and Suffering

Revised October 2017 Have you ever watched an owl in the wild? They seem to have endless potential for just sitting, observing, watching – turning their heads 360 degrees on whatever it is that has captured their attention. “Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom” – Zen proverb There are many wisdom sayings and […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Fear Regret

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Fear Regret

Why You Should Never Fear Regret Regret is a curious part of the human condition. On some levels, it is necessary for morality and compassion to flourish. It can be the driving force behind personal development and a key part of the changes someone makes to get their life back on track. But that only […]

Things to Remember When You’re Staring into the Void

Things to Remember When You’re Staring into the Void

Even when life is at its very best, sometimes it can be unavoidable. No matter how much you love the way you live, that terrifying emptiness – the dreaded void – can creep up on you. It preys on your fears and sucks the joy out of the pleasure you do take in existence. It […]

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Why You Should Never Compare Your Pain

Nobody lives a perfect life. Even those people who seem to have the most blessed and successful existences imaginable have those days where they just don’t want to get out of bed. Sooner or later, everyone is going to stumble. Everyone is going to lose, even if it’s only once. Someone you care about suddenly […]

Depression and Sorrow

Defeating the Demon of Loneliness (with the help of Lao Tzu)

At one point, I found myself without a community. Perhaps you have, or will, as well. It could be sudden, like any sort of abandonment or death. It could be subtle, like drifting away from your adolescent home. Here is my experience. The demon of loneliness greets me. “Welcome to solitude,” he sneers. “You’ve been […]

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Strategies for Dealing with Anxiety and Anxiety-based Panic Attacks (ABPA)

~Confessions of a mindfulness and meditation instructor~ Have you ever awakened from a deep sleep realizing that you slept through your morning alarm? Do you recall that feeling of utter terror, thoughts racing about the consequences? How did this happen? Did I forget to set my alarm? How late is it? How much trouble am […]

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The Only Way to Answer HOW is to DO… An In-depth Look

Asking yourself or somebody else “HOW?” is a game of the mind. It is not possible to answer this question psychologically. How is a question only to be answered within the material world. And the only way to answer a question, materially, is through some type of action. Whether it be action based in thought […]

Stress

Being a Patient in the Mental Health Care System

“I don’t care if you’re 3 percent or 99 percent, that’s too much,” said my brother, the emotion heavy in his voice. We were talking about the differences in the way I look at being suicidal, which I do somewhat regularly, suffering from depression and anxiety. The sharpness in his voice really hit me hard […]