Psychology

“The mind has a mind of its own.”

Avoid Catching Apathy, The Emotional Plague

Apathy is a resignation of the self. It swaddles you in safety, but it does so by alleviating you from the desires and drives that caused you pain. It drives a wedge between who you are – your burning innate desires – and your conscious mind. So you are outwardly – and even inwardly – convinced that you truly couldn’t care less about your own life.

MVP Morning Routine: How to Wire Yourself to be in a Consistently Good Mood

Why aren’t people naturally happy? Being a modern human is a balancing act. We are constantly shuffling between responsibilities, and I’ll admit I wouldn’t mind an assistant for my own life. Sometimes life is just loud; sometimes it’s just a lot to deal with. But there’s also the misconception that humans are wired for happiness. […]

3 Steps to Dealing with a Mental Health Relapse

“The [mind] is not unlike the body, in that as long as it is well, one is barely conscious of it. Let something but go wrong with its mechanism, however, and the whole aspect of things alters in a moment.” – John Custance, Wisdom Madness and Folly When the going gets tough, the tough get […]

The Positive Side of a Pandemic

“Whenever any kind of disaster strikes, or something goes seriously ‘wrong’—know that there is another side to it, that you are just one step away from something incredible: a complete alchemical transmutation of base metal of pain and suffering into gold.” – Ekhart Tolle, The Power of Now   Amid a pandemic, it may seem […]

Dare to Live a Passionate Life with No Regrets

The only way to live a life without regrets, is to live the full expression of what is inside of you. Hold nothing back; put everything you have on the table. The mark of a successful life, is to be able to say at the end of the day, “I gave everything I could have […]

The Many Methods of Mastering the Mind

Masters of all kinds highlight the importance of cultivating stillness of mind. For most of us, our capacity for stillness is about that of a squirrel. So how do we succeed in our search for stillness? Although I am an unwavering proponent of meditation, there are several paths to stillness. So, while the following methods […]

The Necessity of a Tripartite Model of Therapy

Healing any part of the body or mind involves the entire body and mind. It’d be really lovely if we could isolate each cell, organ, hormone, neurotransmitter and limb, and treat each as if they weren’t part of the whole organism. That’d be music to the reductionists’ ears. But alas, reductionism has failed in its […]

Depression isn’t meant to destroy you

Your pain is your greatest teacher; don’t skip the lesson.   Your emotions are what communicate your needs to you. They are nothing to be feared, stifled, or pushed away. They just want the chance to be heard and acknowledged. If you don’t acknowledge them, they will only grow stronger, or cause you to numb yourself […]

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