Category: Wellness

Buddhist and Bipolar

  By John Lee Pendall Don’t let me fool ya; I’m always just one breath away from a total nervous breakdown. The present moment is my sole refuge from utter chaos. If my attention deviates even a hair’s breadth from the here and now, then I start to spiral into depression and anxiety. The future is full of possibilities, most of them terrible. The one certainty is death, our own and the deaths of all those we love. There’s sickness, decay, failure, and loss. The past is full of regrets and of good days that I’d like to see...

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A Dharma Guide to Staying Sober for the Holidays

  By Tyler Lewke Next to my place is a market filled with overpriced things like almond milk. And hummus. And Wine. It’s the kind of place you go in a hurry when you run out at the last moment. I shop here almost exclusively. At the checkout, just after getting home from a particularly tricky family holiday gathering, I discover a display with a new wine for this holiday season, named Family Time Is Hard. I was immediately hit with familiar mix of jealousy and rage. How do those of us trying to remain awake and unaltered and sober...

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From Darkness to Light: Contemplation on the Longest Night of the Year

  By J.G. Lewis We will soon leave this day, the shortest of the year, and surrender to the darkness. Knowing that each day forward we will experience more light, this is the optimum time to sit and find the stillness that comes with the night. Embrace the darkness and set your bearings, check your needs, your wants, and desires; we all have them, yet too often the pace of everyday life denies us opportunities. Or we deny ourselves. Today, as we honour the winter solstice, find a moment to find your purpose, even in the midst of whatever...

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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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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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