When the Citizens Cry, the World Must Listen

There exists a deep dissatisfaction inside the hearts and minds of so many people in our current world. The recent protests around the globe demonstrate the basic flaw with how “the show” has been running since the beginning of memory. When disgruntled people unite in solidarity, standing up for basic human dignity and the right … Continue Reading

Stopping Self-Sabotage

“When you know yourselves, then you will be known…“ As a kid, I was never the fastest runner. I was an okay athlete though, sometimes able to out-maneuver the more physically-gifted kids on the block, and occasionally out-compete those who hadn’t yet found their confidence or strength. There seemed to be a relentless drive in … Continue Reading

Virtual Reality to help with Grief and Anxiety

Grief. Anxiety. Main ingredients in the cuisine of human suffering. How much of our collective energy is focused on eliminating or understanding these primary fears? Scientists, thinkers, artists, healers, and anyone seeking to better understand these shadow parts of our psyche have offered innumerable ideas, songs, medicines, and rituals in an attempt to solve, or … Continue Reading

Changing the Language of Mental Health

Outcast. Bi-Polar. Crazy. Schizo. Anti-social. Disabled. Broken. Delusional. Words. How powerful. And equally sinister. It’s no wonder that we call the act of constructing words SPELL-ing. Language is truly a spell – an incantation that controls virtually every aspect of life, from media to politics to everyday interactions. The world of mental health is no … Continue Reading

Addiction to Pleasure

Pleasure.  How tricky has our relationship to this basic human drive become?  Wikipedia defines pleasure as “…a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking.” Merriam-Webster offers a simpler  perspective: “A state of gratification.” Since time immemorial, people have largely misunderstood this primal drive, especially its … Continue Reading

The Wisdom of Pain

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”  -Washington Irving    Hello family. Long time no speak. I pray you’ve been well and that life has … Continue Reading

The Final Limit of Self-Discovery (Hello, Weird World)

There are the times when every fiber of my being is challenged beyond its normal container, stretched and emaciated like the clear yyut  candy I used to enjoy as a kid during my month-long trips to the outskirts of Seoul. In those moments we may revel as two people join hands and dive into their co-created … Continue Reading

Letters

Who has time to read letters anymore? Who has the audacity to really delve into the crevices of another’s soul?  I’ve been asking these questions to myself recently. Lately, I had forgotten the essence of why I had started these letters in the first place.  I realize I hadn’t sent anything out in a while … Continue Reading

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