The lyrics to “Row, row, row your boat” bring back a blissful summer morning in my great grandmother’s house (listen here if you’re oblivious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoWkmdzcWmI). I was particularly taken aback by the line: life is but a dream. I was four or five and struck by this. It made me feel…like what happened outside of me didn’t matter. That only what happened inside my mind was important. I am now, obsessed with this idea.(more…)
Who are we?
Aristotle famously wrote, “knowing yourself is the beginning of all knowledge.” Buddhism teaches the idea that the “self” is an illusion, and enlightenment lies beyond the gateway of this understanding. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth for marriage and family counselors – much faster than average11. Online counseling sites like Better Help and Talk Space are popping up, providing more access. The Self-Help Industry is on a trajectory to become a 13 billion dollar industry by 202224. Our cell phone addictions increase our anxiety, disturb our sleep, increase social comparison (IE social media), and make it difficult to disconnect17. Millennials have experienced a 47% increase in major depression diagnoses since 2013, illustrated by a rise in deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide16.(more…)
Drugs are bad.
That is what I was taught, growing up. Aspirin was for wusses. Tough guys handled pain. Anti-depressants, stimulants, SSRI’s, hallucinogens, opiates and anti-inflammatories … these were all things that other people did. Even though I certainly took part in some, it was still an others based activity. I didn’t like the idea of drugs.
Approaching forty, I feel differently. Not too long ago, I had open heart surgery. Now I have to take a daily regiment of blood thinners as a result. My life is saved because of drugs, daily. I also take drugs for attention. It works like a miracle.
For those of us who have had a similar experiences, maybe we’re wrong about drugs?(more…)
Among the conspiracy theories, family in-fighting, social distancing and our leaders giving us new and potentially contradictory information on a daily basis, there exists an experience. I am referring to my own, and of course, your individual experience. When the COVID-19 outbreak first began, my business began to slow dramatically. When the shut down came, I was truly surprised. I thought maybe it would be a week or so before things returned to “normal”. Perhaps it was an overreaction and the guys and gals in charge were taking big, politically motivated steps to make it seem they were doing all they could to maintain the public health. But it turns out things are pretty serious. Some eight weeks later, current circumstances heralded in by the COVID-19 virus have become the norm.(more…)