Reflections on Humanity, Uncategorized

12 Ideas for Reducing Stress During Social Isolation

We are facing extraordinary and uncertain times as human beings. The Corona Storm, or coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, is history in the making. It has triggered our collective fear of death which is causing a ripple effect of behavioral changes, leading to the mass cancellation of events and closure of businesses. There is much talk about… Continue reading 12 Ideas for Reducing Stress During Social Isolation

Reflections on Culture, Uncategorized

Daring to be DIFFERENT

Why is it so common for us to be encouraged either directly or in very subtle ways to fit in with our peers? We can be made to feel bad for standing out in a crowd, whether it is how our bodies look, how we dress, or what we believe. We can also feel uncomfortable… Continue reading Daring to be DIFFERENT

poetry

I Desire

I desire love's touch swimming in the sea. I desire fabled riches buried out of reach. I will build a boat so that I can sail across the sea. I will dig a hole until I dig too deep. Life in search of these things feels purposeful and grand, yet the peacefulness I seek seems… Continue reading I Desire

Reflections on Life

When freedom and duty are one

I have been struggling most of my life with a sense of obligation to others and a self-imposed pressure to please others. It creates stress in the body which I am certain contributes to at least two ailments. I would like to attain complete spiritual freedom, heal this body, and leave behind the stress that… Continue reading When freedom and duty are one

poetry

Duty Calls

Love's worn hand leads me through the fray, shuffling aside the duty calls to the crowd's dismay. "Shine your shoes!" "Fix your blues!" "Donate your soul today!" Love knows that true freedom never obligates. Freedom is as freedom does but the jury can't decide if love is telling the truth or if love is telling… Continue reading Duty Calls

Reflections on Humanity

How can we cultivate hope?

There are many good reasons to be concerned for humanity these days. Runaway climate change, impending WWIII, and the (possible but unlikely) Zombie Apocalypse just to name a few. We don't have to look far for the signs. For example, wildfires are blazing like never seen before in Australia. The U.S. recently ordered the assassination… Continue reading How can we cultivate hope?

Short Stories

Escaping the Prison of Your Mind

The struggle to find peace and happiness within ourselves can feel like an uphill battle. As a teenager, I was incredibly socially awkward and self-conscious. Happiness was fleeting as a sideways comment from a friend could bring me down. In art class in high school, I painted an image of a naked young woman curled… Continue reading Escaping the Prison of Your Mind

poetry

Shine On

Shine on little bright star, it's what you do the best. Don't care how others see you or if you fit in with the rest.   Trust that you are seen and heard by the One that matters most. Just fill your heart with love and joy, dance along with the Holy Ghost.   Lose… Continue reading Shine On

Reflections on Life

Setting Goals for Goodness in 2020

New Year's day is upon us once again! This time of year is often seen as a good time to set new goals or intentions and have a fresh start (to clarify, I consider an intention to be a general direction and a goal to be a specific task-oriented step in that direction). We can… Continue reading Setting Goals for Goodness in 2020

poetry

Lost

Oars sink into the sand My boat tosses in the waves I walk along the outskirts of this new found dreary place.   Hands rake through the pebbles Turning pieces of my mind I search the horizon for a hopeful beacon of light.   Darkness brews Tears flow through But I can't imagine why It's… Continue reading Lost