"There are many ways to obtain altered states of mind. These special states are addictive. It feels so good to break free from our mundane experience. We want more. For example, new meditators often expect that with training they can transcend the pain of ordinary life. It's disappointing, to say the least, to be told … Continue reading Peak Experiences: You Might Feel Good After You Meditate – That’s Not The Point
I've found there to be a lot of conflicting ideas in the spiritual community when it comes to loneliness and connection. One one hand, loneliness is perceived as being integral to the human condition, with the general advice being that if we feel lonely, what we really need is to be spending more time with ourselves. … Continue reading Thoughts On… Loneliness vs. Connection
I cannot take the things my parents say at face value. I have to internally evaluate their mood, their mental position and try to uncover the intent. Otherwise, these interactions have the potential to be very damaging to me. My Mam texted me something yesterday that ignited a rage in me. Lately, she has been … Continue reading Mental Instability In Others + The Importance Of An Open Mind
I was brought up by an atheist father and a spiritual new-age Christian type mother. But despite the fact that my father is atheist, he periodically spoke about eastern philosophy and even had things like buddhas, prayer beads and a prayer wheel dotted around the house as ornamentation. He also had a small tapestry of … Continue reading Atheism + Spirituality
I only have two steps left on my 12 step journey to self-esteem growth, which is insane! I can't believe this - considering I've done two posts on nearly every step. A part of me is grieving its approaching end. It echoes the wave of emotion I've felt when a set of counselling sessions comes … Continue reading Judgement, Irritability + Closing Off – No, I’m Not Perfect!