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Contemplations On Death

Contemplations On Death

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings” ~ Socrates (469-399 B.C.E) We are all going to die. Yet, many of us live our lives as if this mortal inevitability will happen to everyone else but us. It would seem that for Western culture, denial and suppression are the hallmarks of how we tend to orient ourselves on the topic of mortality. Death is something that happens to everyone else, and we seem to live out each day as if death is...

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The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The transpersonal (beyond self) study of human psychology and most spiritual and even religious practices, are guided by similar intentions. In a very broad sense the study of human psychology — transpersonal psychology in particular — and spiritual/religious practice, are both concerned with the realization of our highest potential as human beings. To become aware of and better understand the consciousness, behaviors, experiences,...

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Coastal Living: Happiness, Awe & The Blue Mind

Coastal Living: Happiness, Awe & The Blue Mind

How can we be happy and flourish as human beings? To be clear, I am not talking about the momentary sense of joy or excitement which may come from winning the lottery. But rather long-term sustainable happiness and well-being, resistant to life challenges and obstacles. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” (Socrates) Well, after our basic physiological, safety,...

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Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

You can’t pick up a newspaper paper today, watch the news or browse any psychological, transpersonal or addiction journal and not come across some reference to, or scientific article about, psychedelics. We are currently undergoing something of a psychedelic renaissance with even wider acceptance, far more scientific and medical research and excitement around the psychological and mental-health benefits of psychedelics, than occurred...

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Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Guns and shooting used to be a very important and enjoyable part of my life for over 35 years. Guns and target shooting also helped me to develop self-worth, self-confidence and (likely) reduce the impact of and even escape, the severe abuse I experienced during my early teens. However, as cathartic or enjoyable as guns were in my life, I gave them up over a decade ago during a period of depression stemming from a substance problem which...

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COVID-19: Technology Tips to Help Reduce the Stress

COVID-19: Technology Tips to Help Reduce the Stress

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created massive disruptions to our lives while also creating other circumstances and conditions where stress, anxiety and feelings of helplessness and uncertainty can grow. I am sure many of us have felt like pulling the sheets over our heads and only coming out when this is all over. Although some of us are pretty grounded and have adopted self-help routines to cope and manage the stress, others may not...

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