I want to discuss some of my thought process in writing, “Politics and Self-Actualization”. The inspiration came to me while teaching Maslow as I do each late Fall Semester. I have been disheartened by the divide in the country, though I also had my fun on Facebook posting guffaws about Trump. Like many, I didn’t believe he had a chance, and was also disheartened by his election. At the same time, I am someone who strives for self-actualization, enlightenment, awakening, or whatever you want to call it.
It is my opinion Trumps views are far from enlightened. Many have called him rude, a bully, and other derogatory terms including hotheaded. What I’ve seen hasn’t offered much to challenge that. …
For a while I’ve felt I needed to explain my “born again” fervor for mindfulness. A good deal of my writing focuses on using mindfulness to overcome a number of issues. I often feel if everyone just practiced it, they would be happier, and the world would be a better place. Some might wonder why I’m so convinced.
I was first introduced to Eastern thought over 30 years ago, when I was trying to overcome some of my own issues. I liked it, became more attracted to it, and read about it more. There was no doubt it was helpful, but I was still, to varying degrees, a mess. I focused on being present (which is a part of mindfulness) but …
I’ve been happier and more serene than I have ever been. When I describe how I feel to people I say it’s like the feeling when you fall in love, but there is no object of my affection. They usually say, “So you’re in love with yourself” emphatically. My answer is, no, I’m in love with life. I’ve attributed this to reading “Buddha’s Brain” and practicing some of the exercises therein. I also attribute it to meditating. (And apparently, as I just reread in my blog “Happy Days“, to my general philosophy of life, which meditation has helped define).
This brings me to point two: meditation can change your life. I don’t want to hear you can’t, because that’s …
I seem to have an abundance of time on my hands. Rather than keep eating shit on Facebook, I figured I’d tie together some of my favorite TED Talks with my philosophy for becoming enlightened, or at least, happier. Hope you get some use out of it.
I’ll have a Psychology Today post published this weekend (5/18) about how many people aren’t ready to hear the messages that have been clearly stated for centuries. There is a way out of suffering, and into peace and happiness. The information has been there. What most of us authors do is just keep saying it in a different way. I guess this is another attempt to do so.
I always start my philosophy with an …
Most of my writing focuses on being happier. Overall I consider myself a happy person. But I have bouts of depression, and there was a time in my life I identified myself as a depressed person, and found happiness fleeting at best. So how does one get to be happy?
I wish I had a generic answer that would help everyone. I help my clients discover what might make them happier, and of course offer some generic suggestions for trial as we go. But this post will focus on my Now: what is working for me, and why.
First I’d like to talk about what isn’t responsible for my happiness, though most might …
I’ve wanted to write a little more personally again. My last Psychology Today article, “Consciously Creating Your Relationship” lends itself to the opportunity to speak more personally about that topic. After all, most of my writing is based on my experience. And I’ve been around relationships quite a bit.
When I was a young man, despite my anti-social behavior (antisocial in its true sense, against society) I still carried the idea of marriage and happily (or perhaps not so happily, but married nonetheless) ever after. This was obvious because as soon as I got my act together (or within a reasonable facsimile of together) I moved toward marriage, children, and a white picket fence.
This was the image I had …
You can read my latest post for Psychology Today here.
This is my latest post for Psychology Today. It is about how, since you’re creating yourself anyhow, you should take more control of it. Read it here.
This is my latest post for Psychology Today. Read it here.