Depressed, But Not Broken

During my 4th and final psychiatric hospitalization, I remember lying in my hospital room crying uncontrollably.  The blood-stained bandage over my left forearm hid a self-inflicted wound; a message carved with a blade reading “LIFE SUCKS.” I was 17 years old and struggling with Major Depression, anxiety, and passive suicidal ideations.  By then I had…

Choose Love. Choose Joy.

In my journey of personal transformation, I’ve learned the things we desire most, like wealth, love, and happiness, don’t happen by accident, but by consistently practicing thoughts and habits that align with those states of being.  Many of us are waiting for circumstances to change on their own so that we can feel better; as a…

3 Signs You Aren’t Loving Yourself

What is Love? Love: a loaded word with extremely subjective meaning.  Some of us see the word and feel inspired, while others of us are triggered by memories of disappointment, abandonment, or an extreme sense of longing. Love, despite its subjectivity, is a universal concept.  People all over the world are reaching for alignment with it…

Love Hides In Quiet Places – Part 1

I have a way of mistaking attraction for compatibility, and mutual desire for destiny. Possession can look like passion, and when you are wholly passionate in your self-expressions, the possessive grip of a man’s hands around the base of your neck as he pulls you in for a kiss ignites you in an indescribable way….

Love Hides in Quiet Places – Part 2

All this pleasure! Oh, how every sense is ignited and flushed with pleasure. Satin sheets slip against wet skin. Bodies rise and fall to the rhythm of tantalizing bass lines. Shadows dance against the wall as candle light flickers wildly in the darkness. The aroma of diffused oils and scented candles permeate the air—inhaled between…

Nah.

Dear Old “Friend:” I thought about our last interaction, and how intolerant I was, and had been with you for some time. Perhaps my harshness seemed out of hand, and lacking in understanding. You’re a good Christian man, who aims to take the high road and forgive. And perhaps you feel I should have been…

The Enemy in the Mind

The mind is an interesting and somewhat crowded place.  It houses all of our memories, our thoughts, and our emotions.  It is also our body’s biological operational manual and manager, carrying enormous amounts of information and sending out thousands (if not millions) of directives to cells responsible for stimulating the action of every gland, organ,…