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Thoughts on Christmas from a Grumpy Buddhist

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling I don’t like Christmas, never did like Christmas. My kids used to get me drunk to get me to help put up the Christmas tree. When I was young, Christmas used to make me feel lonely, and after I got married in 1972, Christmas was full of relatives. I couldn’t get away from them. Lots and lots of relatives—mostly relatives by marriage. My parents and sister and I, in the olden time, were a tight little group. Presents were purchased at the PX wherever dad was stationed, unless he was in Korea or Vietnam....

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This is What it Feels Like to be a Grown Man with Anxiety

  By Ty H. Phillips   I have anxiety. I want to tell you that it does not define me but I can’t. It is the anxiety, not me, that decides when I leave the house when I am able to work, when and how much I am able to eat, who I can see, who I can talk to, what I watch, what I listen to, how often I stand up shower, pee, and move. I have an invisible illness. I don’t expect you to understand and I am not looking for your sympathy. I don’t want anything...

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Meditation Isn’t Working for Me

  By J.G. Lewis Meditation, the art or the practice, is simply not working for me. I have tried; damn I’ve tried, but as I sit, as I try to silence the mind and find this eternally elusive stillness, I often end up thinking my time spent meditating is unproductive if not counterproductive. I try. I turn on the salt lamp, light a candle (sometimes), burn incense (more than a lot) turn off the music or the radio, and try to tune out all that surrounds me. Sometimes on the floor, other times in a chair or bench, I...

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Santa Claus and the Cycle of Suffering

By John Lee Pendall   I have some huge issues with ol’ Kris Kringle. I loved the legend when I was a kid, but now that I’m older, I see it for what it really is: conditioning. On a side note, you may have noticed that I bring up conditioning a lot. One of these days, I’ll sit down and hash it out in detail, but not right now. Right now, I’m talking about Santa Claus. Santa pretty much represents everything I find terrible about the human race. My main criticism is that he’s a symbol of patriarchy and fear-based...

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What if There Was No Way to Do Your Life Wrong?

  By Ruth Lera You are not messing up your life. This is what I want to say to you right off the bat. There are no mistakes being made, no failures being stacked up against you, no problems you are causing that reflect to the world you as a person not deserving of love. But you might be exhausted. You really might be. This constant fight against ourselves wears us down. This pounding sensation of inadequacy and constant looking for all the mistakes we are making saps the joy from our journeys and causes us to feel drained, alone...

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