Hope is Evil

Hope is Evil may seem heretical to those who want to install hope in ourselves and in others.  Trained in Clinical psychology, with an emphasis in existential philosophy, the installation of hope was something we gave to clients.   I now think that was wrong.  What I plan to lay out is a more effective way

Jump

“A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: as you do the way of life, you will see a great chasm.  Jump.  It is not as wide as you think.”  –Joseph Campbell Happy New Year to you all! The new year is filled with lessons and successes

Assimilating Our Alien Voices, and Becoming More Whole in the Process

In the movie Inside Out, the voices of emotions are personified. Internal talk and feelings are just part of being human. When I say internal talk, I’m referring to the words we internally recite, who we think we are, as well as the subconscious talk jiggling around our brain. In my dissertation, I worked on

Nietzsche Reading the Upanishads and Living Through the Lens of Maurice Sendek

Sometimes it’s easy to believe that outside forces and lack of resources control and create our lives.  Living in this belief, excuses for failures, such as lack of talent, money, genetics, or the right environment arise.  I don’t believe that, and you shouldn’t either! Nietzsche is a favorite philosopher of mine who famously said, “He

Crushing It: Focus—Vision—Meaning—Action

What does it take to live an extraordinary life?  What would it mean to crush it?  An old friend once said, “the quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your questions.”  So let’s start asking questions! Focus.  What do you want to focus on?  What do your relationships look like?  How

Getting What You Want

Let’s talk about getting what you want. No matter who you are, and no matter the role model who has showed you the way, successful people getting what they want share at least three qualities. These qualities cited by Bandler and Grinder are a belief system, mental syntax, and physiology. Belief system is believing that

Good Habits, Great Academic Writing

Academic writing can seem like an incredibly daunting task. When I was a graduate student, writing was something that I often dreaded. I managed to survive graduate school mostly by binge writing, but any prolific writer will tell you that binge writing is not the way to go.  Many graduate students struggle to be effective

The Greatest Us That Ever Lived

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”  Muhammad Ali This past month Muhammad Ali passed away.  There were lots of stories reported about his life.  One story caught my attention, a story about his bicycle being stolen.  As the story

Harambe Should Bring Out the Lin Hao in All of Us

As a new father I was struck with the recent tragedy at the Cincinnati Zoo where a boy found his way into a Silverback gorilla enclosure for 10 minutes prior to the gorilla being killed.  And while focus can be directed to the insufficient guard rails around the exhibit or seemingly inattentive mother, this incident

Use the Power of Your Brain to Reconnect

My sister has been living in the same house in Chicago for over 30 years, and most of the neighbors have been there that long too.  Behind them is a family with an adult child named Brenda.  Brenda is a 27-year old, bright woman, who evidently has been bed ridden for the past 4 years,