cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Nevertheless She Persisted

In January she watched as women's marches took over downtowns around the world, complete with pink pussy hats and witty posters and various sorts of ideological disagreements. In February she started hearing the catch phrase, based on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's experience of being silenced mid-speech: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she… Continue reading Nevertheless She Persisted

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arts & creativity, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, writing

Maybe We Belong Here

"How is this real life?" I asked myself this question every day last week, while attending the Glen Workshop, which is self-described as "equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat." My question emerged from a mixture of feeling awestruck and unworthy. It's a feeling any of us might get if we happen to… Continue reading Maybe We Belong Here

mental health & wellness, spiritual

When Fears = Dreams

Since 2011, the non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms has been encouraging individuals to identify our fears and dreams. "All of us have fears and dreams," says a video put out by the organization, "and perhaps the two are not so far apart. Perhaps they're at the center of who we are." Perhaps… Continue reading When Fears = Dreams

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness

the necessity of Sadness

Like many movie-goers, I recently spent 94 minutes of my Fourth of July weekend watching Inside Out, the story of 11-year-old Riley's move from small-town Minnesota to San Francisco -- as told by her emotions. The narrator and primary protagonist is Joy, who introduces viewers to Disgust, Fear, Anger, and my favorite -- Sadness. In… Continue reading the necessity of Sadness

mental health & wellness, spiritual

Why Do I Write About Mental Health and Spirituality?

Usually, when people ask what I blog about, I say "mental health and spirituality." So, after writing a series of posts (here, here, and here) heavy on the "spirituality" half of that duo, I can't help but wonder: What does spirituality have to do with mental health?  In college psychology classes, I was introduced to… Continue reading Why Do I Write About Mental Health and Spirituality?