Spirituality's Place in Emotional Healing

Spirituality's Place in Emotional Healing

What have we forgotten?

I think about this a lot.

I consider myself a seeker. Curious by nature, led to spiritual practices through my life experiences and to spiritual texts through my love of books and the written word. Ancient wisdom and spiritual teachings seem to know something that I feel like we, collectively, have forgotten. They speak of True Nature, Buddha Nature, Atman, Soul, Self... a core essence that is inside each of us.

But what IS that essence?....

Mental Health: A Broken System?

Mental Health: A Broken System?

Today I've chosen to write about a subject that has been on my mind tirelessly for a long time, and with increasing persistence in recent weeks and months: the mental healthcare system in America.

I would like to start by saying that I have a deep respect for Western medicine, and the theories of psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung that still inform much of the basis for Western psychology today...

Emotions and The Universe

Emotions and The Universe

I am an innately curious person. I spend much of my time pondering the role of emotion in the nature of human beings - the incredible impact that the quality of our thoughts and emotions have on our overall sense of wellbeing, why that is, and how individuals can turn these experiences into something that serves them. I'm also fascinated by theories about the nature of the Universe - how it works, what invisible forces we do not yet understand, the potential of a quantum field, and the untapped potential of human beings overall.

My most intense curiosity, however, is in how these two areas fit together, because I believe they are fundamentally connected...

Creating Your Future

Creating Your Future

So far, on our journey together in this blog, we have spent time looking primarily at the past and how it has contributed to who we are in the present. We do this not to relive the past, or to dwell on it - quite the contrary. We examine the past so that we may release it. By using an increased awareness of our past as context for understanding the things that are not working in the present, we begin to make the unconscious conscious, and step into our ability to create a different future by giving ourselves the space to choose something new...

Honor Your Past Hurts

Honor Your Past Hurts

Continuing to build on the prompts from your story a few weeks ago, it is likely that while writing about your strongest memories and the nature of your child self that you also recalled some painful memories - what I refer to as past hurts or emotional injuries.

Last week we looked at what your consistent character traits and behavior patterns may tell you about your nature as a person. This week, I ask you to examine the equally important painful memories, what they taught you, and how they may be showing up for you now, in the present...

Your story

Your story

Who are you, really?

.... we'll come back to that a little more closely in some later posts. For now, let's begin our series of self-inquiry by starting with a story. Your story.

Ancient cultures have long understood the importance of storytelling. Humans use stories to explain, to make meaning, and to teach lessons. We even create stories about ourselves, which makes sense when you consider we are each the main character in our own life experience...