Articles about Health
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Groundbreaking Study Shows Your Brain (Though Perhaps Not Your Ego) on LSD
"We are finally unveiling the brain mechanisms underlying the potential of LSD, not only to heal, but also to deepen our understanding of consciousness itself."
Mutiny of the Soul, Revisited
Over the years, I’ve probably received more mail about Mutiny of the Soul than any other essay I’ve written. The idea of the article has been hugely validating for many...
Healthy Love Vs. Toxic Love: 14 Core Differences
Love: Development of self first priority. Toxic love: Obsession with relationship.   Love: Room to grow, expand; desire for others to grow. Toxic love: Security, comfort in...
The Wisdom Within: Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine
There is an ancient South American prophecy called the Eagle and the Condor. “Deep in the mists of history, human societies decided to take two routes and become two...
Traditional Gender Norms Are Imprisoning All of Us - It's Time to Break Free!
The world needs all of us to become healers. It needs us to nurture the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine that lies dormant to various degrees within each and every one...
Ending Circumcision: Where Sex and Violence First Meet
Flowers In the Rain Cold, wet, and tired from the long morning rally, my eight year-old asks again why we are here. We are standing with about fifty other media people...
Kind is the New Cool
When I was in high school, I remember social banter consisting of a lot of subtle put-downs and one-upsmanship. The popular kids were generally not very nice, certainly not to...
Why I Don't Believe in "Self Care" (And How to Make It Obsolete)
Someone asked me recently what my favourite self care strategies are. It seemed like a reasonable question until I realized that I had no idea what the answer is. I drew a...
How Male Circumcision Harms Women
Learn about the hidden negative psychological and sexual effects of circumcision and how these effects harm women in relationships with men. This article is based on research...
Depression Is a Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure
Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from...
We Are All Human: 10 Labels We Need to Stop Using to Describe People
Humans have an innate desire to place labels on everything. Labels give people a sense of order, and a way of distinguishing things. Yet, people aren’t things; they are human...
The Hidden Antidote for Depression
Depression is the unavoidable by-product of not being who you really are
What It Means To Communicate
Recently, we were doing some work with a couple who were struggling in their relationship. They had been together for twelve years and had two children. It seemed that they...
Nobody Is Born a Terrorist
Could you feel empathy for someone who has committed an act of terrorism?
The Steps Toward Self Empowerment
How many of you can recall situations in which you felt unjustly treated or taken advantage of and you did not stand up for yourself? Or remember finding yourself in a...
Fantasies, Sex & Betrayal: Exploring Love's Shadow
We get an energy high in our initial time with someone but the going can get rough when we settle into life together. Most of us are deeply wounded with shame, insecurities and...
What's More Corrosive Than Flint's Water? The Cynicism of the Powerful
The Flint water crisis exposes like nothing else the toxic cynicism of America's ruling class, writes Jesse Jackson. In their privileged view, the victims of the lead poisoning...
Reboot Your Life: 20 Mental Barriers You Should Let Go Of
You are in an imaginary hot air balloon. It’s just you and all of your belongings in the wicker basket. Something went wrong and you are losing altitude fast. You will hit the...
The Commodification of Self Care and the Terrible Art of Relentless Self Love
“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest—thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting...
Loving-Kindness Meditation: A Practice That Helps Us Forgive Others
Loving-kindness meditation is also known as metta meditation. “Metta” means directing good will and love toward all sentient beings. This form of meditation aids us...
Recovering From Betrayal: 7 Steps That Will Change Your Life
I understand it hurts, and it hurts really badly. No one deserves to be treated the way you were. No one deserves to feel emotional pain tearing through their body or bringing...
The Gift of Presence
“Wherever you are, be all there.” — Jim Elliot
Water War Against the Poor: Flint and the Crimes of Capital
If ever one wondered about the efficacy of a state government agency imposing officials on local governments, Flint has answered that question forever. In April, 2014, the...
My Special Place in Hell, Courtesy of Unfettered Greed
'Women all over the country can write about the damage done to their lives by the rigged economy and the special place in hell they work to escape daily when trying to fight back.'
On Men's Pain and Transformation
"There is no coming to consciousness without pain" – Carl Jung This article is about pain, its healing, and its transformative importance for men, particularly men in...
10 Things They Won't Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy
News of the poisoned water crisis in Flint has reached a wide audience around the world. The basics are now known: the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, nullified the free...
Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt
Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made...
How We Used to Die; How We Die Now
An emergency physician’s beautifully written and agonizingly empathic account of “how we used to die” starkly contrasted with how most people die now in our death-defying...
Just Who Exactly Benefits Most From the Global Giving of Billionaires Like Bill Gates?
Is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation promoting the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of social and economic justice?
QUIZ: How Is Your Emotional Pain-Body?
In Eckhart Tolle’s opinion, emotion is the body’s reaction to a certain idea, to the mental interpretation of a specific or imaginary situation. The ideas generating emotional...
In the Visible World You Are the Invisible Presence
"In the visible world you are the invisible presence"  ~Mooji By Presence, Eckhart Tolle means being free and independent of psychological time (past and future), and it is...
A Simple and Powerfull Meditation Technique
Let us take a closer look at that, how are the deeper dimensions of Alertness increase their presence in you, and how are you able to get from the state of consciousness...
15 Easy Things You Can Do to Help When You Feel Like Shit
You don’t have to tackle it all at once.
Do You Have Time to Love?
The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.
Here's How Negative Thinking Is Changing Your Brain
If you’ve ever found yourself trapped in a seemingly endless loop of negative thinking, or wondered why you fixate on a stray rude comment but easily forget compliments, you...
Rage, Fear, Sadness, Fatigue: The Yoga of Darkness
“Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious. There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.” -Carl Jung I once had...
Realize You Are the Earth
“We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. To breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it, realise you are the...
Advice for the Budding Activist
It began in high school—actually before that—but my my first organizing effort was done senior year of high school. Speaking out against things that seemed unjust has always...
The Neglected Mass Shooter and His Need to Be Seen
At a vigil to honor the victims of Sandy Hook, I read aloud the piece that Rabbi Lerner wrote on December 14th, 2012, entitled: “Banning All Guns is Necessary but Not...
The Difference Between Hot Boredom and Cool Boredom
Hot boredom is like being locked in a padded cell. You are bored, miserable, and irritated. Cool boredom is quite spacious.
Understanding Patriarchy
Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life...
In Praise of Self-Helpless
The following is excerpted from The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path by Jay Michaelson, published by Ben Yahuda Press. In the 1990s, a prominent teacher of what’s...
Healing Our Collective Trauma: The Key to Creating a Society Based on Trust Rather Than Fear
Behind the crisis of our time hides the core crisis of human relationships.
The Ecosexual Awakening
From the anthology Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love I hesitate to start an essay with definitions as if I could compel you with force of logic to accept...
I Love Being a Woman
“I am a woman. I am thankful for that, for I like being a woman.” Already this statement, if spoken in full truth, requires a fundamental shift in the worldview of women...
Misogyny and the Healing of the Masculine
My new home of West Asheville is in the news. A local coffee shop, Waking Life Espresso, closed its doors after its owners Jared Rutledge and Jacob Owens were outed for hosting...
An Indigenous Approach to Healing Trauma
The Healing Power of Listening in Stillness
5 Difficult Situations Where 'Letting Go' Is the Best Decision You'll Ever Make
1. When the people you love hurt you We’ve all been hurt before. We let people in, and they shatter us. So we develop a ‘thick skin,’ as they tell us we should. But there are...
The True Source Of Greed
“How much of the ugly does it take to substitute for a lack of the beautiful? How many adventure films does it take to compensate for a lack of adventure? How many superhero...
Ex-hedge Funder Buys Rights to Life-Saving Drug and Raises Price from $13.50 to $750 per pill
A former hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical businessman has purchased the rights to a 62-year-old drug used for treating life-threatening parasitic infections and...