How To Save Our Planet

How To Save Our Planet

April 20, 2015

Our story today begins with an energy-efficient lightbulb. In 2006, a little documentary featuring former Vice-President Al Gore brought to light an issue that millions of Americans lacked proper awareness about: climate change. Turns out the burning of fossil fuels was increasing the C02 level in our environment, causing what scientists call “a greenhouse effect”… and… er… well, actually let’s keep it real: we all kinda checked out on all the science part, but we definitely checked back in when we were shown all the cataclysmic consequences that would result if we didn’t do anything to curtail climate change: mega-hurricanes, historic drought, record-breaking heat year after year, and the slow, eventually extinction of vital animal and plant species. After the documentary was over, we were basically told that it was all on us to help reverse the trend. We were all encouraged to get energy-efficient cars and do simple things like change our light bulbs to energy-efficient ones—you know, the ones […]

7 Steps To Becoming Master Over Your Own Mind

7 Steps To Becoming Master Over Your Own Mind

April 13, 2015

 “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”  – Albert Einstein Who are you? No really, who are you? Take a moment and think about it. Now, do you hear a voice that begins to list your name, the country you were born in, your diplomas, your occupation, your relationship to your family and friends, your likes and dislikes, etc? What is that: that voice that is doing all the listing? It sounds a lot like you, but is that you? Or are you the awareness that is hearing that voice that is listing all those things about you? Which is you: the voice that is making the list, or the thing that is observing the voice making the list? You Are Not Your Mind The voice that is making the list your hearing is your mind. The awareness that is observing the voice speaking the list is your spirit. The spirit is who you truly are. […]

7 Ways To Restore Your Emotional Power

7 Ways To Restore Your Emotional Power

April 6, 2015

“I want you to start viewing your emotions in a nonordinary way: as vehicles for transformation (the word emotion comes from the Latin meaning “to move”) rather than simply as feelings that make you happy or miserable. Expect them to test your heart; that’s the point. What you go through— what we all go through— has a greater purpose.” – from Emotional Freedom by Judith Orloff For over five years, I have stressed the importance of the courageous confrontation of our feelings as a way to not only arrive at better creativity, but also a better life. Today, I am now learning a far deeper truth about our emotions: they are vehicles for our journey toward enlightened living. It is through our emotions, not around them, where we will arrive at the state of bliss and peace we have heard so many spiritual teachers throughout the eons talk about. Emotional Drainage Many of us have experienced being “emotionally drained” at […]

9 Shocking Reasons I’m Trying To Become Vegan (And Why You Should Consider It, Too)

9 Shocking Reasons I’m Trying To Become Vegan (And Why You Should Consider It, Too)

March 30, 2015

This post is a part of an ongoing series entitled MIP (Man In Progress).After my 25th Birthday I decided to improve three aspects of my life, my physical well-being, my romantic relationships, and my writing career. My philosophy is that a writer’s work and his life are irrevocably intertwined and in order to improve one, we inevitably have to improve the other. … Our story today begins with Xanthan Gum. A few months back, I saw the ingredient “Xanthan Gum” on a food label on the back of one of my food packages and wondered out loud what it was. “Wouldn’t it be cool,” I thought, “If someone did a documentary about what Xantham Gum was, and what all these other unpronounceable ingredients on the back of all my food package labels were?” But just as that thought came to my mind, it passed, and I was distracted by something else. To be honest with you, it never occurred to me to look […]

Why I’m Finally Revealing The Identity of The Person Who Banned Me From Her Blog For Being Gay

Why I’m Finally Revealing The Identity of The Person Who Banned Me From Her Blog For Being Gay

March 23, 2015

A few years back, on this very blog, I shared with you that another blogger had “banned” me from guest posting on her blog for being gay. (Read: I Was Discriminated Against. Now What? and Where We Go From Here.) I shared with you the pain and hurt and confusion this incident caused me, and I urged us all to work together to make sure discrimination like this did not occur in the writing community. The outpouring of support for me during that hurtful incident was tremendous and was one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever had on the blog. But although there were steps we all took to help create a more peaceful, loving and supportive environment in the blogging world, I never actually told you who that person was. Today, I plan on telling you. But first I’d like to explain to you why I’ve finally reached this decision: Why I’m Finally Revealing The Identity of The […]

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